This blog has innovation as one of it's main themes and feels sad at the passing of Steve Jobs the Apple founder tonight, (see a Steve Jobs post here ). For Steve Jobs epitomised "innovation" and its key drivers. Innovation enthusiasts will continue to be inspired by Steve Jobs and here are three of his quotes:
1. "You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." This one is from a CNN story and is about listening to your inner voice. Your inner voice is telling you where you can innovate- if you listen.
2. "If you haven't found it yet (work that you love to do- for free) , keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on, " is from an address to Stanford students in the same CNN piece.
3. "It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them." ( Business Week 1998) quoted in Wired Magazine. Sort of overturns the "stage gate" approach to innovation!
Innovators worldwide will continue to be inspired by Steve Jobs.