When I came to Eureka! Ranch over 12 years ago with my 2 years in government and my liberal arts degree in Communications (from DePauw University - go Tigers!) I had never heard of Dr. W. Edwards Deming - honestly, I'd taken only one class in the Science and Math building so it wasn't surprising. But, as an innovator it is important to understand who Dr. Deming was and what he means to quality and innovation not only in the United States, but across the globe. He was a visionary, whose tireless quest for the "truth" and unwavering belief in "continual improvement" led to a set of transformational theories and teachings that changed the way we think about quality, management and leadership.
I have found over the years that often when leading innovation, it is about choices. The big choice to do "any innovation at all" could almost be considered the easy one. Innovation is shown to make a meaningful impact to a company's bottom line, their return, and to employee wallets and morale. Doing the new thing isn't necessarily hard it's making the decision to NOT do other things that are hard.