What exactly does innovation mean? What does someone do when they innovate? Let’s break down the word itself to get a better understanding.
In(n) = Latin prefix that means “into”
nov = Latin root that means “make new or renew”
ate = verbal ending (this means that the whole word with that ending is a verb as in “to innovate.”
So, put them together and we have something like “to make something new again, or change something already made, to make it different or better.”
Now, for an actual definition (primary and secondary):
1. Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”the company’s failure to diversify and innovate competitively”
2. Introduce (something new, especially a product). “innovating new products, developing existing ones.”
Ask yourself if you can think of examples of innovation at work and in life. I believe we innovate somehow, some way every day. Could be with a recipe, perhaps a repair to the house, innovation is in us.
Bottom line, innovation is about the desire or willingness to make something better, build something useful, add something more efficient. And the more we consider this in all aspects of our lives, the better — and more relevant — our use and understanding of innovation becomes.
Sometimes it is important to take a step back and consider an entire picture of a process or situation and make assessments over its success. And sometimes we work collaboratively in the name of innovation to create and apply better ideas in life and at work.
Take some time in your life each day to reflect, observe a need, assess things and consider ways to innovate in the name of positive change. Often innovation begins with communication. If we don’t allow for that, then the notion of positive growth stagnates.
Whether it’s in small steps or on a large scale, innovation cannot occur without those who are willing to listen and change.
And what about injecting a dose of entrepreneurialism into your innovation? Pretend you’re running a business. That’s a good thought! Share your visions…your voice.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.