An Innovator has an Obligation to… Start!

Editor’s note: we invite you to Kim Chandler McDonald’s weekly interactive forum — to read and collect your comments on “An Innovator has an Obligation to…” We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Week 19 theme is “Start”

If, as George Carlin said, “An artist has an obligation to be en route.” Please complete this sentence: An innovator has an obligation to…

– validate prior art before leaving the starting block. Ryk Edelstein, CEO at Cicada Security Technologies Inc.

– start with an unmet need, not with an idea. Ruben Medina, Maddock Douglas

– take action.  Anyone with development/innovation/creative experience will tell you that oftentimes it’s difficult to get a great idea off the floor. But the only way to do that is to start the process by taking the first step, no matter how big or small.  Those who are gifted with the skill of creation find a way to make something compelling, even if it’s not exactly what they initially sought out to forge. Derek Rissman, Senior R&D Project Engineer, Hologic, Inc.

– Innovation is being able to see such irregularities from differing perspectives and disentangling the ‘what is’ from the ‘what could be’.  Innovation is not just about coming up with new ideas.  it’s a great place to start but it shouldn’t just end there. Chris Dalton, Senior Interactive Communications Advisor, Strategic Engagement and Communications, Dept of Premier and Cabinet

Additional Quotes from Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World

“… the simplest, most obvious and most important thing to do is to go.  Start.  Do it.  Put yourself out there.  On weekends or evenings, but go.  If you don’t do it, you can’t understand it.” Seth Godin, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed marketer, entrepreneur and public speaker (Excerpt from Chapter 6, ‘The power of the me-dia: Demanding what you want delivered when, where and how you want it’)

“The entrepreneur in the West may be a small business owner or someone with an idea for a website or product or service.  On the other side [of the equation], the freelancers are all entrepreneurs themselves.  They’re the elite of the elite of their economies.  They may be in Bangladesh or India or Pakistan, or wherever, but they are the technological elite of their generation.  They are going out there and starting companies.  They’re innovating and building things to help the rest of the world prosper.  The great thing about the Freelancer marketplace is that everyone is there to innovate and be an entrepreneur.” Matt Barrie, Multi-award winning entrepreneur and technologist, Founder and CEO of  (Excerpt from Chapter 1, ‘The me-conomics of the GDE: Innovating from the economy to the me-conomy’)

If you would like to ‘have your say’, feel free to join in by sharing your thoughts below, and on the Innovation Excellence LinkedIn group forum!

You can also explore past themes, such as: Play, Create, Think, Challenge, Improve, Fail, Address Need, Share, Question, Communicate, Be Open, Journey, Be Strategic, Implement, Develop, be Agile and Adaptable, Learn and Dream!

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  • Kim Chandler McDonald is author of Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World (available in print as an industry-first, SmartMark enabled, Online Ecosystem), as well as the Co-Founder and Flat World Navigator at KimmiC, a company specializing in leading edge innovations such as FlatWorld™ – digital technology that empowers end users to easily capture, collaborate and capitalize on ideas, information and knowledge assets.

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