It’s always fun to share one of my passions with an energetic and engaging audience and last week ATW International, Silicon Valley’s chapter gave me an opportunity to do just that with the kick-off of their 2007 program.
Risktaking for Success: 12 Tips to Leverage Risk for Personal and Career Growth, was graciously hosted by Intuit Inc a company that not only serves up innovative services and products (I use them), but also served up an impressive array of refreshments. How could I not love a state-of-the-art conference room named Innovation and Invention?
My message was simple. Innovation requires that you take risks. The “trick” to increasing your odds for success that sticks includes processes that cover both the upstream (business) and downstream (people/community) side of risk, aptly called Responsible Risktaking(SM). Whether inventing, reinventing, or flat out going for breakthrough innovation, you don’t forge new paths without developing your risktaking chops along the way.
Innovation does require effort, but it doesn’t have to be hard labor if you’re smart about it.
When was the last time you measured your personal Innovation Footprint(SM)?