5 Truths of Innovation That People Get Wrong [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 16, 2015

9:00 am

Innovation isn’t really supposed to be easy – if it were, everyone would be doing it. It’s risky, it takes work, and there is a lot of uncertainty involved. However, innovation can become more intuitive if you know the right ways to make it happen.

Jeff DeGraff, the self proclaimed Dean of Innovation, claims that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to innovation. In the infographic below, he lays out five truths of innovation that most people get wrong, as well as tips on how to get them right.

The 5 truths of innovation that most people get wrong:

  • Data won’t get you far.
    • Suggestion: Stop collecting excessive data
  • Failure is inevitable.
    • Suggestion: Start taking multiple shots at a single goal
  • Innovation happens from the outside in.
    • Suggestion: Start taking on the difficult cases and the lost causes
  • Constructive conflict trumps consensus.
    • Suggestion: If you don’t have anyone who thinks differently from you, you need to find them. 
  • Innovation is cyclical. 
    • Suggestion: At the start of  a new project or other effort, don’t assume that you know how it will end.

DeGraff also says that innovation is different than everything else you do at work, therefore it has to be adjusted for if it’s going to happen. He previously talked through workplace innovation in this infographic where he gives advice on how to “creativize” your company culture.



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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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