Dr. W. Edwards Deming said "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." As I sit here designing and recording the next generation of Innovation Engineering system courses this quote keeps running through my mind.
It's becoming very clear that the world is dividing into those who take responsibility for themselves and their organization - and those who prefer to ignore the future.
It all comes down to the phrase that my friend Ted Castle of Rhino Foods in Vermont taught me --- "Confront Reality"
As we continue to learn every week - those who are confronting reality and taking action on their future -- reinventing themselves and their companies to take advantage of the new reality - it is the best of times.
Alternatively - those who cost cutting their way to growth, actively resisting the idea and even the word innovation ....well... Survival is not mandatory.
To be clear - I'm not saying that the Innovation Engineering Movement - all 26,000 of us - have a magic solution to the innovation challenge. What I can say is that we are actively working at it and every day, every week, every month we get smarter and smarter.
Today's classes and systems are a step forward towards our purpose of transforming innovation from a random art to a reliable system delivering increased speed and decreased risk.
And these new classes I'm working on this weekend/week - based on feedback and learning from the Innovation Engineering Network of practitioners and leaders - will be another step forward.
As Ben Franklin said, "constant dripping wears away stones, and by diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable and little strokes fell great oaks."
OK - time to get back to work - thanks for listening
p.s. And yes to those of you who would be wondering ... I am still saying at the end of each class. "Help us get smarter...Take the No Stress Quiz!"
And yes I mean that -- the results of the quiz make us smarter -- and there is no stress with getting it right or wrong it's all part of the wonderful process known as learning!