Innovation special on haters, opportunity, touchstones and being the steamroller

sent by Nick Grantham | 15th March 2022

"Embrace the hate to innovate."

Mike Maddock

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What if ignoring the haters is the wrong thing to do when it comes to innovation? Jerry Seinfeld and Mike Maddock agree that the quickest route to innovative solutions is listening to the haters or asking yourself, "what am I sick of?". So, over to you. What is that you really hate in your workplace? Are you frustrated that you're unable to share data with your colleagues? Do you hate the fact that athletes are never on time? If you're struggling to find something you hate, listen to what the athletes have to say. Trust me; they'll have plenty for you to listen to! Once you understand what frustrates you or your athletes, you have the opportunity to come up with an innovative solution.

Source: In 5 Words, Jerry Seinfeld Reveals the Key to Breakthrough Innovation By Alison Davis

"Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat."

Steve Jobs

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Change is constant in high-performance sports, and it can be unnerving. But what if change could lead to innovation? Rather than feeling threatened by a change in management, leadership or organisational structure, embrace the change. Then, use it to create innovative practices to help secure yourself in the new working landscape.

Source: Steve Jobs

"We innovate by starting with the customer and working backwards. That becomes the touchstone for how we invent."

Jeff Bezos

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How many of us have lost sight of the most important touchstone in our profession; the athlete? So first, immerse yourself in the athlete's world and understand their worldview and need to succeed. From there, reverse engineer until you figure out what innovations will lead to success.

Source: Jeff Bezos

"Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road."

Stewart Brand

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For a while back there, I was part of the road, in danger of being one of those coaches who fought hard against change, tied to my long-held beliefs. I would have had a very short career if I didn't change my approach. I'm not a pushover, but I have learnt the importance of embracing technology and using it to enhance my coaching. Make sure you evolve with the times and take on board advances in technology that improves your insights and coaching.

Source: Stewart Brand

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