Innovation’s Secret Sauce: People or Process?

Andrea Ovans recently wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review regarding innovation titled “Is Innovation More About People Or Process?” and resolves that:

In the end, the answer to the people or process question is probably “both”:  people matter; process matters. Talented people can be hobbled by poor processes; hesitant people can be uplifted by smart processes. In the best of all possible worlds, extraordinary people pursue innovative ideas through processes that are perfectly suited to their talents. In the real world, less-than-perfect people are wise to use all the help they can get.

In my own previous post “What is Innovation?” I highlighted a story that in turn highlighted another observation that innovation was born from many ideas from many people rubbing off one another until the best idea was formed. That in itself is a process. Bringing people with different perspectives together so they can contribute different ideas or views on an initial idea until it is pollinated into the flower it can be. The more creative the people are the more diverse the contributions to that melting pot will be.

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