Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly aware of the power of gratitude and it’s something I’m working to incorporate more intentionally into my life. So here’s a couple things relevant to the area of innovation that I’m grateful for. While there are challenges with living and working in the turbulence and constant change we’ve found as the new “normal” in today’s business world, I am profoundly grateful to be a part of it. I think we live in the most amazing time of history. The technology, tools, and connectedness that has come along with those tools have made the impossible possible in so many ways.

One of my favorite pieces of the innovation puzzle is connecting seemingly disparate ideas and technologies to make something new and useful. For me, that’s the core of the whole thing and it’s what keeps me digging around in this space looking for new connections.

On a related note, here’s a paraphrased quote from Rodney Mullen (you’ll remember his if you were into skateboarding in the early 80’s like I was…) at a TEDx talk speaking on creativity and innovation.

”Innovation is about knowing technology so well that you can manipulate it and steer it in ways it was never intended for." Rodney Mullen, skateboarder and innovator

Check out the video for some entertaining and insightful commentary on what it means to innovate:

And lastly, I’m thankful for readers like you that follow along here. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!