How is your engine running?
Out of fuel? Running roughly? Not even started yet?
I have completed a small review of the thoughts, ideas and comments about innovation and entrepreneurship on LinkedIn. It appears that we have many on the Link that know the theory of innovation engine building, some have built a cylinder. Do you know where to get the fuel? A few have even started an innovation engine.
The Link has a richness of leadership advice. The dialogue assumes the engine is running, it actually engages with the vehicle and drives towards the opportunity, sorry, the solution of a problem and that the leader can take all on board to the solution. As Linkster’s we continually encourage each other with “well done”, “good job” and of course “keep trying”. I love this and then I think, what if the energy we put into ever-growing mutual support could be channelled into building, running and driving high performance engines?
Anyway, I dream.
So why do we need an ever increasing number of pats on the back? I think that the continuing innovation craze has finally highlighted to all involved who are trying to build engines, that it’s very hard indeed. I wish sometimes that the degree of difficulty of being an entrepreneur was actually acknowledged and accepted. That the hard work, the constant trial and error, the exasperation, disappointment and the very occasional triumph is accepted as very, very normal.
Who on earth would like to try and build a high performance engine?
Well, to design, build and deliver in today’s market is somehow described as the new, the future, forget the past, everything has changed. Really? Entrepreneurs have stuff they want to sell to customers – that’s new? Other entrepreneurs want to sell to your customers too, that’s competition, wow!
Has the engine changed? Has the environment in essence changed? What is really new in engine building? We have fallen in love with engine building and often taken our focus from the purpose of the innovation engine. So when we have designed the engine that requires no energy, leaves no trace and completely satisfies everyone, what’s next? I am being flippant, of course this would be wonderful, however those same old problems of customers and competition will always be there.
I have to go now and prepare my customers for change as they are out the back collecting firewood for the boiler…….