Most individuals have read about Innovation, heard about Innovation and maybe even tried to be innovative. But few understand exactly what the process of innovation really is. Innovation is not the result of a lone genius; rather it is a collaborative process where people from many different parts of the organization contribute to the creation and implementation of new ideas.
Many of the world's most successful innovators, from Thomas Edison to choreographer Twyla Tharp, concede that innovation cannot be forced, but it can be developed. That is, we can enhance our capacity to generate innovation, and adopt what Tharp calls the "creative habit." Developing the understanding and practice of these creative habits is the foundation for a contemporary process that fosters innovation in the workplace.