Executives – even smart, talented executives – live in the present.
They see current problems.
They see what the future holds only if they solve today’s problems.
Innovators see a different future.
They live in the land of what if?
What if there was a new way to search the web?
What if everyone with a car was a taxi?
What if a guest room was a hotel room?
While most leaders try to solve their company’s current challenges, Innovators are trying to tweak a future they see in their mind’s eye.
The biggest challenge of being an Innovator isn’t that others can’t imagine a future that the innovator sees.
The biggest challenge is that the innovator can’t imagine the present others see.