Over a year ago I tweeted in frustration during an #innochat:
“We are using ‘innovation’ 3 diff ways. 1. an overall process 2. a strategy 3. an outcome. Fortunately not tripping up much….”
The next week we devoted an entire chat to a discussion of what the word ‘innovation’ really meant, with amusingly inconclusive results.
I remain convinced that one of the biggest impediments to innovation and collaboration, and an impediment to actually getting better at it, is lack of a common language to describe what we’re doing. Innovation and collaboration will forever remain slippery and mysterious concepts as long as we don’t use the same terms the same way. We can have more than one definition, as long as we specify what those definitions are and understand the ones we and others are using when we talk.