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What have you learned?

Regardless of the industry you are in, or your role, the practice of capturing lessons learned should be a regular part of your process, project, program, or strategy review. It helps you and your team avoid the same mistakes and it helps you reframe how you might address issues whether they are similar to what you have previously faced or brand new to you. The best lessons learned should be captured and shared.

Given that it is Summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and that the pace of work might slow (perhaps wishful thinking), it seems like the best time to reflect on what we have accomplished and capture some of what we have learned. This Twitter and List.ly project is a fun and fast way to share some of your innovation lessons learned, in 7 words. There will be prizes for the top 7 as voted by participants. Details below.

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7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned

This July we are sharing 7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned.
You Share. We Learn. You Vote. We all Vote for our Favorites.
The Top 7 will each receive a matted poster of their Lesson.
Tweet your 7-Word Innovation Lesson Learned with #7WILL.
Come to list.ly to Learn (& Vote) Winners announced 31 July.

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When innovating, look for questions, not answers.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | When innovating, look for questions, not answers.

submitted by @Renee_Hopkins

2

You can't innovate if you can't change.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | You can't innovate if you can't change.

submitted by @OBX_Harvey

3

Innovation is fed by possibilities, not routine

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Innovation is fed by possibilities, not routine

submitted by @ajmunn

4

For good ideas you need many ideas

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | For good ideas you need many ideas

submitted by @DrewCM

5

Innovation isn't one thing, it's every thing.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Innovation isn't one thing, it's every thing.

submitted by @greggfraley

6

Listen and Enliven whilst prototyping and collaborating

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Listen and Enliven whilst prototyping and collaborating

submitted by @BlueRoom_

7

Big Ideas Start Life As Small Ideas

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Big Ideas Start Life As Small Ideas

submitted by @NickKellet

8

innovation and imagination go hand in hand

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | innovation and imagination go hand in hand

submitted by @ajmunn

9

The right people make all the difference

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | The right people make all the difference

submitted by @DrewCM

10

Innovate around a problem. keep it simple

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Innovate around a problem. keep it simple

submitted by @reubentozman

11

Ask questions, listen fully with open mind.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Ask questions, listen fully with open mind.

12

Spark creativity using techniques from the arts.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Spark creativity using techniques from the arts.

13

Separate innovation into create, define and execute

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Separate innovation into create, define and execute

submitted by @InnovationFixer

14

Ensure all innovation lessons are seven words

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Ensure all innovation lessons are seven words

submitted by @InnovationFixer

15

Begin with beginner's mind. Keep that perspective.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Begin with beginner's mind. Keep that perspective.

submitted by @Renee_Hopkins

16

Ask why, why, why, why and why

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Ask why, why, why, why and why

submitted by @InnovationFixer

17

The foundation of innovation: Differentiation and Relevance

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | The foundation of innovation: Differentiation and Relevance

submitted by @OBX_Harvey

18

Share ideas early. Accept and integrate feedback.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Share ideas early. Accept and integrate feedback.

submitted by @tomspiglanin

19

Observe. That is where innovation begins.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Observe. That is where innovation begins.

submitted by @OBX_Harvey with a HT to @LoisMarketing

20

View failure as a great learning opportunity.

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | View failure as a great learning opportunity.

submitted by @KJanowski

21

Corporate culture can block any innovation effort

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Corporate culture can block any innovation effort

submitted by @ovoinnovation

22

If You Don't Use Innovation, You Lose!

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | If You Don't Use Innovation, You Lose!

submitted by @greggfraley

23

No one wins embracing entropy and enervation

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | No one wins embracing entropy and enervation

submitted by @DrewCM

24

#7WILL

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | #7WILL

Design thinking, social drinking, #innobeer and #innolinking !

25

Innovation begins with challenging the status quo

7-Word Innovation Lessons Learned | Innovation begins with challenging the status quo

submitted by @ajmunn

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