Disruptive Innovation: What Causes the Creative Leap?

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srinivas
Lecturer, India
What causes the difference in magnitude of creative leap? One may create a quantum leap, but other innovations may not be that significant. Is there a process to manifest and channelize creative energy? Obviously many people were and are existing as living examples. However what could be the process involved? (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Rick Mueller
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Srini, there's an "old saying" in the US that "necessity is the mother of invention". I believe there may be some truth in that.

Add to that the concept of the "Burning Platform" to create the desired necessity and you get some creative solutions to the problem.

Sometimes the solution is to put out the fire. These are your every-day solution - which Clay Christensen calls "sustaining innovations" (to differentiate them from disruptive innovations).

Sometimes the solution to the burning platform problem is to create a new platform sufficiently distant from the old platform (Editor: see Forget, Borrow, Learn) as to reduce/eliminate the possibility of being followed by the fire. To build a new platform and simultaneously learn how to maintain oneself on it is a pretty difficult trick for an established firm with its many mouths to feed, so for that reason it is best to have one or more alternative platforms under construction at all times.

Thoughts?

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Rick, totally agree with you that necessity is the (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

The Hole in the Box

Hi Srini and thanks, Another "old saying" is one (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Leading a Horse to Drink

Rick, the saying leading a horse to the water but (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

Founders ARE a Different Animal

Hi Srini, indeed Elon Musk, and successful founder (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Animalism Defined

Rick, used the term animalism to mean that nature (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

Maybe You don't Have to Be Crazy to Be Disruptive, But it Appears to Help

Elon Musk's ex-wife seems to believe that being a (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Culture and Fitness is the Key

I am a student trying to explore on the aspect of (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

One More Element: Timing

Oh, and one more thing (as Steve Jobs was so fond (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Expansion to Righteousness

How about right focus (creating an environment to (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

Where Having More Can Result in Getting Less

If what you want to replicate is a given outcome, (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Just Right Works

Rick, it is a learning conversation that I am havi (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

Success is not So Much what You Get But Rather what You do with what You've Got

Hi Srini, the ability and allowance to intelligent (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Independent Innovation Unit

The objective we are trying to accomplish is depen (...)

  Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
 

I Thought we Were Looking for the Quantum Leap?

Srini, the process you describe, incrementally get (...)

  srinivas
Lecturer, India
 

Quantum Leap Process Remains Same?

Rick, oh yes… Does the process remain the same eve (...)

 

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