A recent study by the Wharton School confirms that innovation is a team sport. The study was prompted by the apparent reduction in innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the work from home regime.
Productivity overall has not really suffered as a result of working from home, but innovation has. We are not surprised as we have noted for years that innovation is a team event and working in isolation, even with Zoom and other conferencing tools, causes innovation to suffer when people are not together.
Many have the impression that innovation comes from “innovative people.” All people are innovative, it is just where in the innovation process they are best able to provide value. Too many people confuse ideas/creativity with innovation. Creativity is but one part of the innovation process and without the others, innovation fails.
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