Defining innovation. And actually using it.

Every organization runs on three basic resources:
1.  Money
2.  Time
3.  People
Any obstacle encountered can be directly traced to a lack of one of those three.  Thus, the three frequently become road blocks to the development and implementation of incredible ideas.  I cannot count the number of times I have seen great ideas killed prematurely because someone said, “We can’t do that. We just don’t have the [money | time | people] for it.”
The people who make those statements are generally right to an extent.  Sure, you probably don’t have the resources to implement the idea in the way you are currently thinking about it.  But what the naysayer forgets is the power of innovation.  Innovation is the use of two of those resources to overcome a lack of the third.
The innovator looks at a lack of money and says, “If we plan ahead, we could develop the talent to make it work.”
She looks at a lack of time and says, “If we spend intentionally and cast vision passionately, I think we can pull this thing off.”
He looks at a lack of people and says, “Heck, money can buy people and we’ve got time to recruit!”
And when two of those resources lack, the innovator only pursues greater innovation.  [The minute you find that your organization truly lacks all three resources, get out quick before the doors close for the last time.]
Great organizations did not get to where they are because they had it all.  They became great because they used everything they had.  (And refused to use their deficiencies as excuses.)
The next time you’re in a meeting and someone says, “We can’t do that because we don’t have the ___________.”  Focus everyone’s attention on what you do have and make it clear that it’s time to get innovative.
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