Simon Tam

Founder and Bassist, The Slants LLC

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What's Your Best Tip For Increasing Innovation?

What're some of your best ideas on increasing innovation, creativity, or productivity?

Here's one that I recently learned from Seth Godin: Be proactive rather than reactive. In otherwords, when I first log into the computer, instead of checking emails/Facebook/Twitter, begin by writing or creating. Why waste the initial, fresh burst of energy simply replying to others? Change the mindset to one that creates change rather than responding to it.

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    Jan 14 2012: I think Innovation occurs when people pursue things that "cannot be done". So in that respect, perhaps my best tip would be the classic "never say never"
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    Jan 13 2012: QUOTE: "What's Your Best Tip For Increasing Innovation?"

    Practice innovation. (Innovation doesn't (really) happen by accident.)

    Embrace Trial and Error.

    Understand that "error" means making mistakes so celebrate mistakes and keep on moving.
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    Jan 13 2012: Xavier- I would say that part of increasing innovative practices would be creating our own opportunities.
  • Jan 13 2012: Lets also remember that Increasing Innovation means little if you dont get the chance to do anything with it.
    So as a follow up question: what can we do to implement innovation once we have it?
  • Jan 13 2012: Change the educational system to allow children to create. Stop allowing adults to manipulate the behavior of children by provoking fear, e.g., religion, power-and-control-freak teachers and other "authority" figures. Lower tuition in colleges and universities to the point that money is not a barrier to higher education. Pay creative people in accordance with the true value of their creations. (Consider Mozart, Van Gogh, Tesla and the people the Wright brothers bought the airplane invention from as well as all the other creative people being paid nothing or $1.00 or not enough by large corporations who use their creations to make money for shareholders without sharing the wealth fairly with the creators of the products.)