What is Innovation?

Creativity Leads to Innovation

Creativity is about unleashing the mind's potential to conceive new ideas. Creativity refers to the ability to come up with new ideas, the ability to think widely, to have a free and open mind and to approach matters in a new way.

Theodore Levitt puts it best: “What is often lacking is not creativity in the idea-creating sense but innovation in the action-producing sense, i.e. putting ideas to work.” All innovative ideas start as creative ideas, but not all creative ideas will become innovative ideas. It is about developing creative ideas and implementing them.

The Irving Innovation Project
Introduction to Innovation and Improvement

The Innovative Thinker

To start thinking innovatively, it is important to step out of your comfort zone, use your diversity and experience, speak your mind and be confident that your ideas will be heard.

Traits of an Innovative Thinker


  • Transparency
  • Diligence
  • Curiosity
  • Ability to inspire others
  • Openness to change
  • Communication skills
  • Persistence
  • Aspiration
Innovation: A new or adapted solution that fundamentally impacts operations to improve performance.