1. Innovation is an ecosystem, not a job title.
It seems the point here is that you can’t go it alone. Moreover, innovation cannot conceive on command. Change comes from the bottom-up or the outside-in – not the top-down. Any change that comes from the top should structure as a strategy, not a project.
2. Innovation without creativity and invention equals what you have now.
Are you allowing for real creativity and invention in your government or organization? If you internally smirked before you said, yes – you get my point. Admit that you’re merely fast-following (at best) if there isn’t room for creativity and invention in your organization at present. (Also, maybe freshen-up the resume)
3. Focusing on increasing your core earning model – and forgetting how to entice and defend it – will never give you the tools and know-how to expand the pie of your business model.
So this is the end destroying the means. If you focus on how profitable your business is today, your organization will not be productive tomorrow.
4. Engaging in iterative change ensures you follow the pack as opposed to reap the rewards of being a thought leader.
Hat-tip to lesson #2, but as far as I am concerned this goes beyond never receiving the glory. In essence, we deserve what we get out of this industrial revolution if we don’t indeed disrupt ourselves.
5. You can never look into tomorrow using yesterdays eyes.
In a way, this sums up lesson #1 through lesson #4. Fear is the spawn of ignorance. If you only consider what has happened – or worse, what is happening – you can’t help us with tomorrow. Learn from the past, be present at the moment and let that insight allow you to think differently about the future.