Innovation is a Mindset

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The word “innovation” has been a driver in business for many years and is increasingly becoming part of the discourse in schools.

I think often when we talk about “innovation” in schools, there is a tendency to accompany that with new devices, or developing new spaces.

The dictionary defines innovation as;

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I believe innovation to be a mindset, not a title, nor something that occurs in a special space.

It’s how we disrupt our actions and methods to always seek something better. It may be in the routines we have created or the rules we maintain.  It may be in the content we teach or the way we teach it.

It may be hard to conceive of innovation without some form of digital technology participating, but innovation is definitely not limited in this way.

I believe it’s about the willingness to explore and challenge ideas, to take on the status quo and to implement change. To test and try and to respond to the results.

Not everything will succeed nor will all change be sustainable, thus there is inherent risk involved. Whenever there is risk, we need to ensure there is trust. I believe this is the biggest challenge in developing cultures of innovation, they must be cultures of trust first and foremost.

Understanding —> Shared Vision —> Trust —> Innovation

What do you think?

For some articles and perspectives on innovative mindsets check out these links:

The 7 key principles for an innovation mindset

Developing an Innovative Mindset

Forbes Best-Of Blogs: How To Encourage Innovation In Your Company

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