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  • Writer's pictureRoger Grant

Innovation is Personal

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

“Innovation” is often misunderstood. Last month, I spoke to several innovation leaders in Singapore about what innovation really is.

The answer was simple: It’s about making a positive change in people’s lives.

It’s about making a positive change in people’s lives.

What it’s not: It’s not about sexy tech. Innovation is not tech for tech's sake, but about how people are using it.

It’s not about sexy tech.

Innovation is changing lives, across every sector. Singapore Prison is working towards prison without guards, using technology to free up officers from guard duties so that they can focus on higher-order jobs like engaging inmates in rehabilitation, which is what really matters. I see the same pattern in retail, banking, and media, where technology is freeing up people from robotic tasks and allowing us to be more human. It’s helping us regain the intimacy of customer relationships and moving us into what I call the human economy.

The innovation process is painful and bloody. It’s not business-as-usual, it’s deeply personal. Innovation is a result of making work personal - making our highest contribution by being true to our Leadership Persona.

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