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What is creativity and what is innovation? A common, but not definitive, difference in definition is that creativity is thinking up the idea and innovation is about putting it into practice. Clearly, both are needed.

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action, business*, being creative, failure, invention*, managing*, persistence, progress, success


‘Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘Innovations and discoveries have created new industries giving more and more Americans better jobs and adding greatly to the prosperity and well being of all.’

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.’

Theodore Levitt

‘Ideation is not a synonym for innovation, conformity is not its simple antonym, and innovation is not the automatic consequence of “creative thinking.”.’

Theodore Levitt

Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed.’

Bob Metcalfe

‘An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.’

Max Planck

‘I came to the conclusion long ago that limits to innovation have less to do with technology or creativity than organizational agility. Inspired individuals can only do so much.’

Ray Stata



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