Leadership Limerick: Innovation Requires Many Contributions

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Many people each play a role
When “better” is the ultimate goal

Some tinker, create, or refine
Some execute on others' design

All these parts help make something whole

When it comes to innovation, too many people think of the lone genius who invents some breakthrough product, instead of a diverse team with each member contributing different perspectives and roles to create new value. 

The former makes too many people think they have know role to play, that only some people are creative enough to be considered innovators.  The latter is less sexy, but in reality is how the hard work of innovation occurs.

Instruments like the Team Dimensions Profile or the  KAI, Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory, can help assess the contributions individuals can make to the innovation process.  These scientific tools are complemented by the specific roles identified by IDEO, one of the world's most innovative product design firms, in The Ten Faces of Innovation