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Out on a Limb – Courage and Innovation

April 19, 2016
from "The courage to innovate" by Maggie Hos-McGrane

From “The courage to innovate” by Maggie Hos-McGrane

Last night my family dragged me along like an unwilling toddler to see the new “Jungle Book.” I’m glad I went. The film is brilliant and a 90 second splice in a “Monkey Temple” was worth the admission. Here’s my review:

“Billy Murray, Apocalypse Now, and just the right amount of cowbell. Jon Favreau is a genius.”

Going out on a limb is a central theme to the film, and reminds me of how courage is central to innovation. You’re putting yourself out there. You’re asking bold questions, challenging the status quo, and taking risks that foster innovation. But are you? It’s not easy to put yourself out there. I’m constantly seeking guest-bloggers for this space, but few answer my call. What if they don’t like what I write? Well, then they don’t like what you write… That’s it.

Last week I was enthralled by a Harvard Business Review article, The Innovator’s DNA, but this week I’m more curious about the courage it takes to innovate. Many of us have ideas, but not all of us have the courage to put ourselves out there… on a limb.

Here are a few articles on courage and innovation and a quote from one that sums it up for me.

Courage Makes Innovation Possible from Stuart Levine & Associates

The Courage to Innovate by Jim Holland on Where Product Leaders Gather

Five Steps to Increase the Courage of Your Creativity

“It takes a lot of creative courage to go forward, to take that step, to trust, to jump off that cliff … into the unknown.”

But… That’s where the magic happens.

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