I live in the Mountain West of the United States. The sheer beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and countless other natural wonders is well known. It is also becoming known as a tinder box. Years of dry conditions, unrelenting heat and an explosion of people living in the mountains have been a devastating combination. While we have an abundance of natural beauty, we also have an abundance of fuel; ready to burn.
The underlying lesson is that an explosive fire requires the right ingredients: a spark, plenty of fuel and dry conditions. Now imagine if innovation was the fire. What ingredients are critical to an explosion of innovation in an organization?
I won’t try and list all of the possible sources of fuel here. Instead I will focus on one that I believe has the greatest potential to fan the flames of innovation: lifelong learning. There cannot be a culture of innovati