An innovator on innovation

“Judy Estrin: 5 Things I’ve Learned” as told by Jarina D’Auria (CIO Magazine, 15 January 2009). Ms. Estrin’s new book is called, “Closing the Innovation Gap.” If  the previous post in 4Q 09 didn’t inspire you to get on Judy’s bus, this one should at least nudge you in the right direction.

“Closing the Innovation Gap”

The Grill: Judy Estrin (, late Sept 2008). To read the complete interview please click here. Great interview. Hardly a word wasted. What this interview brings to mind is that to most people innovation is really just a high class word for breaking the rules. Unfortunately, such a mind set scares a lot of people.

Simple put, the majority of corporations are not only anti-rule breaking but “corportate culture” (by its very nature) is about conformity. The carrot is typically for employees to fall in line. Not explore the unbeaten path. Unfortunately, HR won’t approve a dismissal based on someone being too homogenized. If they did it would certainly “inspire” the rest to reach a little further.

Poor management? Possibly. Effective? Maybe. Innovative? Yes.