Innovate. Collaborate. Grow. (Together.)

27 08 2015

 

Sometimes, after careful contemplation, I find that it’s best to write about the things that bug me. You know, the things that keep me up at night. This is not a rant. It’s just an observation. I’d love to get your perspective on the matter…

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Think outside the box. Don’t reinvent the wheel. We’ve heard both of these statements in our lives before, probably more than we’d like to admit. Yet, we continue to think inside the box and constantly try to reinvent something that’s worked for centuries. (PS. What if there was no box?)

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This may seem a bit contradictory, but I don’t think we need to sit around, thinking about how we can reinvent the wheel. The wheel exists and guess what – it works!! Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to innovate. Think about how we can make it work better, last longer or how it can be more sustainable. Add chrome rims. Hint, hint…

Challenge: Let’s leverage the abundance of the institutional knowledge we all have, work together to innovate and move forward. Together. That’s the key word. Collaboration isn’t collaboration if you’re not actually working together.

“None of us are as smart as all of us.” – Japanese proverb

The wheel is simply a metaphor. I’m sure the square ones didn’t work out too well in the beginning, but thanks to trial and error, determination and collaboration, we now have the simple machine that has made a BIG impact on every aspect of our world today.

Let’s make the world a little better today than it was yesterday.  

What are you waiting for?

This post was written for LinkedIn, but I thought “hey, YOU might find it to be useful.” Are we connected yet? (Please personalize your request. Thanks!)

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