Volume 10, Issue 5 - September/October 2008
God Bless the Innovator
IWAS SITTING IN THE BOW position on my boat, operating the electric trolling motor in and around docks on Hayden Lake, fishing for large mouth bass, while listening to my guest, who was fishing from the back deck seat. His stories were intriguing in that he was sharing a number of programs and business strategies he had developed and implemented for his company. Each one of them had earned new customers, increased sales and higher profits. And yet, he was concerned that the ownership of his company wasn’t in total favor of his actions, was constantly questioning his tactics, and rarely provided recognition for his work.
Knowing of my years in business and how the majority of my time has been spent consulting with companies aimed at accomplishing the same results he has achieved, his concluding question was, “So, what should I do?”
What Do You Think?
“Bingo!” I replied. “Do they mind the results of your work?” “No, they love the money,” he chuckled.
My advice to the young man (since he asked) was to always be himself and continue doing what he was good at— being an innovator. Knowing very well that this young man would be the recipient of criticism and rarely receive trust by upper management for the remainder of his career, I turned, held up on my next cast, and said, “God bless you for what you do!”
We Need Innovation
There are very, very few who make it happen. My estimation is that only two out of every 100 people in business represent the traits of a true business innovator. Simply put, innovators have a strong will, they see the future, and introduce change through new ways of conducting business.
While management delights in having more money, they’ll take it as long as nothing has to change, no risks must be taken and the course of business can move along without much additional work or need of creating new habits.
A Shocked Witness
My closing advice for management is
to be wise enough to understand the
value of innovation and work closely
with innovators to assure your own
comfort of business advancement. Concentrate
on the review of timing, completeness
of work and accuracy of
assessment and you will have every reason
to think that your innovators will remain
within your employment.