Do you know what innovation is? It’s surprise. You can innovate
with a product that does something no other product has ever
done. You can help your company head in a fresh new direction.
You can innovate by making a difficult or tedious task easier and
more efficient. Or with a small, human act that makes someone’s
life better. If you have changed anyone’s life with an idea or effort
that surprises or delights, improves or enhances, relieves or
strengthens, you’re an innovator.
It doesn’t come easily, of course. As Thomas Edison famously said about his work on the light bulb, “I
haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 things that don’t work.” Thus proving another maxim: Who are the
people who succeed the most? The people who fail the most.
It takes hard work, plus a few other elements. That’s why this issue recognizes those who have shown the
way. They exhibit the detail-orientation, grit and optimism that are the qualities of all good innovators.
By the way, there’s nothing wrong with picking up on the ideas of previous innovators and using them to
improve your own product, process, company or career. That’s not called plagiarism. It’s called research.
After all, no one comes up with a bright idea out of nowhere. We are all building on the accomplishments
of our predecessors. Even greats like Isaac Newton know that. Praised for his enormous contributions to
physics, mathematics and astronomy, he said “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of
giants.” If he could humblebrag that way, so can you.
HS&M is trying to do some innovation in our own area. Already, we’re getting recognition for putting
our all-digital platform to good use, with links to studies, videos and other amplifying material. We will
continue to look for ways to enlighten and entertain you – providing just the right amount of content for a
quick overview, and giving you the opportunity to track down more with embedded information.
Maybe you’ve also noticed that, in addition to our regular articles, the tabs to your left can lead you to
ever-changing, late-breaking news about innovation in People, Products and Progress. They’re a good
reason to check back with HS&M frequently, even if you’ve read the main content.
So here’s to innovators all. Whether you do it regularly, or just come up with a bright idea once a year,
whether you do it on a big scale that affects the bottom line, or in small ways that help others, you’re
making a contribution, and HS&M celebrates every one of those.
Cari Kraft & Lisa Rafter, Publishers
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