Innovation through Laziness

Posted in Innovation by AST on Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Hmmm... I could do that... or not. (picture of a cat lying on a couch)Ok, I admit it: I’m lazy. It isn’t that I don’t like to work or that I don’t like doing many things. It’s just that I don’t like doing things that I don’t actually need to do. Here’s the paradox: if I find myself repetitively stuck doing things I don’t think make sense, I’ll work tirelessly to come up with a way to avoid doing them if I think there’s enough value in it for me in the long term. They may say that “Necessity is the mother of invention,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if Laziness wasn’t the father.

Innovation isn’t just about developing cool new products like the iPhone that sell a million units the first day. Innovation is also taking new ideas and putting them in practice to make a task easier or faster, streamline a process, reduce errors and generally make life a little more convenient for those involved. When this is done often enough, the net effect on the individual is generally positive: you have more time to do other things, including thinking more creatively; you reduce your stress levels; and you’re generally a happier person. For a business, the effects are also quite positive: improved customer service; higher worker productivity; and reduced costs. How do you achieve these goals? It all starts with YOU!
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The Heckler: What You Can Learn from Your Critics

Posted in Leadership by AST on Monday, June 15th, 2009