The Power of Innovation - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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The Power of Innovation

This past fall, I had the pleasure of spending three days with some brilliant minds in our green industry. 


We gathered in a picturesque valley in Montana to focus on the Crystal Ball Report #30.  When I arrived on the first day, I was greeted by a rainbow over the mountains. At that moment, I knew it was going to be an amazing few days. 


The four days spent together allowed me (and others) to:

·        Open my mind

·        Expand my thinking

·        Get out of my comfort zone

·        Validate that it is okay to fail

·        Challenge myself to find better ways to serve my customers

·        And so much more!

How was all this possible?  It was one word and one topic that served as the catalyst for this thinking – INNOVATION.

Innovation has been around for quite some time.  Innovation has so many meanings for so many people such as: 

·        “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs, Co-founded of Apple

·        “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very Innovative” – Woody Allen

·        “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.”- Bill Gates, Founded of Microsoft

·        Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat” – Anonymous

All of those resonate with me…and I foresee the act of innovating as an opportunity for my organization…and yours…and our industry as a whole. You, too, will feel the same after reading this great report, scheduled to debut at PLANET’s Executive Forum in February of 2011.