When it comes to the modern landscape, there's always innovation happening. Disruption, revolutionary changes, smartphones, drones, mars, bitcoin - whatever it is, there seems to be constant unrest across sectors. A few decades ago, most products weren't the way they are now. From electronics to fashion to household products, it seems like everything is lightweight, autonomous, and built to last forever.
We've compiled a list of innovative products that have blown our minds and literally changed the world!
1. Apple's iPhone
Can you believe this was introduced only 13 years ago in 2007? Nowadays, it seems like anyone and everyone has one of these!
Two decades ago, people were running with elastic straps on their chests. This wrist-mounted heart rate monitor came out in 2009, and gives you an accurate reading from the pulse in your wrist!
3. Coffee Machines that use Pods
Whether you are team Keurig or team Nespresso, it's amazing that we now have single-serve brewing systems. We no longer have to buy bags of coffee beans and drink the same flavor until the bag is finished. We can switch up our coffee flavor every day, with caramel macchiato pods to green tea latte pods, without having to waste anything at all!
Isn't it just astounding how quickly the world has changed? At the heart of these industry-wide, innovative ideas are the creativity intersection, which comprises of 3 essential elements.
1. Motivation to Innovate
This component is made up of the basic stance organizations have toward the idea of innovation. Motivation to innovate can be thought of as a corporate vision: those in president or CEO positions envision a future for the organization, and the middle management and frontline employees formulate that vision into reality. The organization and the people have to come together for motivation to be ignited.
The organization has to show that they place high levels of value on innovation, and have an orientation toward risk as opposed to maintaining the status quo for its members to dare to take the first step. If organizations don't have an offensive strategy for taking the lead toward innovation, they will never invest in the resources and talent to propel innovation in the first place. As such, they simply wait for other organizations to 'test the waters' first, and follow suit once they know for sure that it works. These organizations will never be industry leaders.
As they say,
You can never discover new oceans unless you have the courage to sight of the shore.
2. Resources to Innovate
This component includes a wide array of human resources, capital resources, monetary resources, and raw material available to the organization. In humans, the organization needs people with knowledge for implementing particular innovation and familiarity with the market. In other resources, the organization has to allocate funds and material resources for the people to use, and have systems of production for the innovative idea or product.
3. Techniques to innovate
This component refers to management styles and skills that are conducive for individual and team creativity. The individuals have to have the optimal styles of thinking, working, and approaching the world in a manner that can lead to novel and interesting ideas. Those at the management level have to adopt the skills necessary for helping to nurture members that can develop and implement these innovative ideas.
When these 3 aspects align, the highest level of innovation can be achieved and great things can happen. The motivation is the trigger that allows the skills to be used to operate the resources. Innovation and creativity are the essential attitudes for effective and positive change.
Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat.
By utilizing innovation, you can become a problem-solver. Immerse your organization in creating and become a leader in your area of the market.