Innovation, by its nature, embraces change because it is the stuff and process of change. The innovator uses change as fuel for action and food for thought.
Whenever something new happens in the external or internal environment, the innovator sees in it the potential for uncovering new ideas; much like a landslide might reveal a new source of gold on a hillside.
Regardless of how catastrophic the change, or how adverse it may seem to the organization, it holds the potential for a renewed capability to thrive.
An innovation capability is not a change neutralizer—it’s a change maker. It’s also natural. We are all innovators by nature.
In organizations, innovation can be developed into a practice and skills that are honed by the practitioners over time.
Innovation does take a certain frame of mind that tolerates and sometimes thrives on waves of change.
We commonly hear that people resist change. People resist actions they believe will lead them into some sort of pain or discomfort.
In extreme cases, they may indeed resist any and all attempts at change. However, it bears noting that all of us really want change.
We want to make more, provide more for our families, become a better person, become healthier, and stop smoking, whatever.
We are constantly in search for changes that will make our lives better.
None of us lives a stagnant life (even the most stagnant among us is gaining weight, and that, of course, is some kind of a change).
We tend to resist anything that we believe will cause us pain or discomfort. The key is the word, believe.
It’s fairly hard to predict the future, and in many cases, equally difficult to predict whether some course of action will create pain or pleasure, least of all whether in the complicated interactions of a countless of people it is our actions alone that lead to the result.
There are some exceptions, but we learn these fairly rapidly.
We tend to believe that many changes that might be proposed in organizations will ultimately be to our detriment.
This means, simply, that we fear we will lose our position or some privilege or advantage that accrues to our position.