Paul C. Williams

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Context and Access Trumps Incentivizing Innovations

According to a recent Harvard Business Review blog posting, adding rich incentives for innovation yields at best mediocre and unusable ideas.  It's my guess that people who can and do innovate will do so because it is in their nature, not because they need an external incentive. Others who are motivated by external incentives are only capable of seeing minor improvements.

Perhaps instead if those people are instead given a loftier context and direction for innovation they will find inspiration to solve bigger problems, and find their own motivation for true innovation.

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