Friday, June 08, 2007

Innovation and Creativity

Harvard Professor Theodore Levitt said "Creativity thinks up new things. Innovation does new things."

That is a huge difference.

There are a lot of creative churches. Churches that think up new things. I often think up new things or new ways of doing things. There are a lot of those churches that stop right there though.

Often times many of these churches fear failure or going against the norm, killing the sacred cow...there are tons of excuses.

The innovative churches don't stop at the creativity part but go into the innovative part. This all lies in execution. It is an action word. They go from thinking to doing.

Innovative churches execute on the creative urges and inspirations. Innovative churches don't fear failure but thrive on experimentation.

When everything is an experiment nothing is a failure because you are always learning.

All of us must keep the creative muscles flexing but at the same time we must execute to become innovative.

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