My reply to an article by Soren Kaplan on Clayton Christensen and disruptive innovation. “My problem with #innovation i.e. guru’s is their propensity to make the simple complex. Long before you or Christensen emerged as prognosticators of innovation a cave man and woman somewhere in the world was improvising a long held assumption. To paraphrase Dilbert,” Isn’t disruptive innovation a matter of making things people want?” While I only have a public school education my belief is that such business and survival instincts occurred long before Welch, Christensen and yourself. My website: https://www.innothinkgroup.com/home.html”
But here’s the problem: Disruptive innovation has become business’ biggest paradigm.
Anyone familiar with “innovation” knows about “paradigms.” They’re mental models that contain unquestioned assumptions about how things work. These assumptions are accepted as truths – until they’re not.
The world is flat. The sun revolves around the earth. People get AIDS because God is punishing them for being gay. Paradigms have, and will always exist.
But they can also change.
The problem with the disruptive innovation paradigm is that it’s being applied to just about everything these days. For people like me, who have been living and breathing “innovation” for the last 20 years, just questioning the concept can feel like we’re tying our brain up in knots. But of course disruption is a natural part of life. But of course new ways of adding value will disrupt old ways of doing things. It’s hard to think about it any other way.
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