Impact of Negative Fault Finding on Innovation

Innovation is about extending the reach of the status quo thinking. In general, innovation requires stepping outside the boundaries of what is normally accepted within the given context of the current environment. It requires some risk, and of course some innovative ideas should not be implemented.

When does Fault Finding in an Innovative idea become negative?

Following are a few thoughts about the question:

  • When more effort is placed on finding faults then on finding ways to succeed with innovation;
  • When fault finding is used to justify that it is safer to just keep the status quo;
  • When fault finding is continuously used to continue to continuously improve;
  • When used to justify not implementing innovation; and
  • When no Innovation is occurring at all.

We can always find faults but can we build on what works so that those faults are no longer relevant?


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