The Ability to Innovate

Posted April 29, 2011
By Clay Cerny

Seth Godin has a great post today about what he calls “headroom,” the ability to innovate and make change in your company and job.  The challenge is that you risk failure when you make such a move.  Most people want to play it safe (a major theme of Godin’s recent book Poke the Box).  I don’t know that I agree with Godin that most white collar employees have this power, but many do and don’t use it.  It’s easier to leave things as they are, even if they are second or third rate.  If you want to change and make things better, don’t blame your boss or the company.  Find a new boss and company that will let you “poke the box.”  Take that responsibility, and you will make your own reward (and be much happier in your career).