Innovators need patience too

Seth Godin's daily post really resonates with me today:


"Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are." - Seth Godin, August 24, 2015

For everyone trying to be creatively disruptive, to really innovate, to change the status quo in a significant way, to fix a broken system, to replace an unjust leader, to give voice to the silent, the shift those "social tectonic plates" ... remember that if you're persistent and patient, your day will come and the naysayers will move on. 

Albert Einstein

Inspiration for Innovation in Cameroon, Africa

Two weeks working with almost 100 senior and emerging leaders in Douala, Cameroon in West Africa at the end of April 2015 has left us inspired in so many ways. My sister and collaborator, Valerie McIntyre-Baird, and I were hired by the national electricity company, ENEO, to design and deliver a leadership development programme. At the heart of our "Leadership Through Service (LTS)" workshop design, we developed a two-week Innovation Challenge that encouraged and guided programme participants to find, adapt and scale the "bright spots" of hidden innovation in their corporation and/or in other industries. The results were astonishing in terms of the potential scope and scale of the social, commercial, and technological innovation opportunities that emerged. Kudos to all the ENEO participants for their hard work, ingenuity and camaraderie throughout.

AND we were honoured to have been able to experience one of the most welcoming, creative and intriguing countries we've ever visited. Cameroon is officially bilingual like Canada (French, English) + Pidgin & over 200 traditional linguistic groups, with many of its electrical engineers having studied in Montreal at the Polytechnique. The country is known as "Afrique en miniature" as its varied landscape, vegetation and climate represents all of the African continent. The Cameroonian stories, villages, eccentricities, history, laughter, music, food, culture, fabric, designs, kindness, roadtrips, and friendships (old and new) will be with us forever. We will be back soon! 

Crowdsourcing for Qualitative Researchers

I was honoured to be asked to write an article about the impact of Crowdsourcing for the QRCA VIEWS magazine this fall. Collaborating with some very insightful editors, I examined the challenges and opportunities that the shift toward "The Participation Economy" (which includes Crowdsourcing) presents for marketing researchers who are using traditional qualitative methods to attempt to gain predictive insight about customers and the marketplace ... in order to help their clients innovate. 

The QRCA organization is the Qualitative Research Consultants Association which brings together qualitative and mixed methods research professionals from across North America. The QRCA annual conference is the BEST place to meet other marketing research practitioners who are working in the insights and innovation space. You'll learn a lot - the conference is focused on peer education - and make new friends and contacts. As a result of attending and presenting at their San Diego conference in 2013, I'm a member of the dynamic QRCA Creativity + Innovation Special Interest Group and have never looked back!! There is just so much sharing and learning among the members and through special guest webinars. Take a look at: how to join QRCA.

A digital version of the article is here: "The Participation Economy: from personal relationships to crowdsourcing."

The myth of the tortured innovator

by Marty Neumeier

by Marty Neumeier

Lots of great material in this latest book, The Rules of Genius: An innovator's guide to creativity by Marty Neumeier.  

> The book's link:  

> Marty's Medium link. 

Rule #32 is one of my favourites: SPEND LONG HOURS IN THE JOY ZONE.

An excerpt: "When your work contains an element of joy, you learn faster. This is called "ludic" learning, or learning by playing. [...] When you're happy, you're more creative. When you're unhappy, you lose access to your intuition. Happiness and creativity are mutually supportive. [...] Ludic learning is often the doorway to genius."

> Deeper dives on this topic by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi on Flow and Creativity.