Innovation Arrogance: The Secret Killer of Creativity

You’ve probably seen it before; it’s the silent killer of creativity and is robbing people from unleashing their art into the world.  It’s innovation arrogance, and (unfortunately) it’s probably all around you.

Innovation arrogance, or maybe I should call it stupidity, shows up in many ways:

  • The secret group in your organization that can’t tell you what it’s working on because it’s SOOOO innovative and new
  • The fancy job title given to the “Master Ideator” which is basically telling the rest of the people she works with that ideas are her job, not theirs
  • The “innovation time” that gets scheduled on your calendar meaning that innovation can only happen when scheduled
  • The person that comes up with an idea that they really think no one else could ever think of or hasn’t already
  • The unwillingness to ask for feedback
  • The lack of a prototype
  • The thought that great ideas only come from within the company
  • The overzealous internal lawyers
  • Not continuing to learn something new everyday
  • Talking instead of listening
  • Not asking questions
  • Never looking for outside inspiration

Of course, the direct opposite of what’s above would lead you down a wildly different path.  For some, the list is really just a result of their fears coming out to play, for others it’s a lack of knowing what true innovation or art or creativity is all about.  Either way, it’s probably a good list to avoid.

Matt Kane

P.S. – thanks to Steve Garguilo for the original inspiration around the term Innovation Arrogance, oddly enough while at a TED conference where there is practically none of it to be found.

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2 thoughts on “Innovation Arrogance: The Secret Killer of Creativity

  1. Good post, Matt. Thank you for kicking me in the butt as well that I need to start blogging or else other people are going to start making all my points (same paradox as, “Oh, I have this great idea for a business!”).

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