Top 9 Tips In Driving STEM Innovation
I’ve interviewed so many amazing innovators that I decided it was time to collect some of the top tips I’ve heard from them in driving STEM innovation, that is, in science, technology, engineering and math.
Here are 9 key tips from just the past few months:
Access ideas from all levels and departments that touch the are you want to innovate, including and especially your customers. They have a cool idea you haven’t thought of, or they’ll tell you something that triggers another idea. Your customers’ wish lists are the most important, of course, but also tap customer service, since they hear the complaints first.
8. Try to solve a different problem: Tackling sustainability initiatives, for example, often result in unearthing solutions to other challenges too, includes cost reductions or greater efficiencies, or better processes, or new technologies. You never know....
9. Frame “failure” into “practice”: Sure, you want an idea that hits a home run, or creates the next Amazon, or helps you create a new market for your products. But it’s a process to get there, and you can’t short-circuit the trial and error process, no matter how much market research you have. This is why the innovation programs for new entrepreneurs includes so much customer discovery. Even when you ask the market what they want, they don’t always know it until they see it (who knew we “needed” an iphone before Steve Jobs presented it?). Or, ask the women who fought for decades to win women the right to vote - including my great-great aunt, Miriam Michelson - which we commemorate the centennial of this year (the 19th Amendment),
If we call an experiment or a launch or a crisis a “failure,” we shut down the options for addressing it because we demoralize the people involved. If we just see that it didn’t meet our expectations, we learned another way that didn’t work, which gets us closer to our goal.
As Thomas Edison famously said after he finally successfully invented the light bulb, in response to people who thought his previous attempts were failures, “I didn’t fail, I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”
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March 31, 2019 at 10:58PM