"Paralysed by an innate fear of failure, they fail to disrupt and fail to innovate."
Innovation is a debate. A fight. An argument. In a nation of lovers not fighters, the robust conversations we need to have to propel innovation don't happen as often as they should.
Innovation is about adding value and it can take many forms. It can vary from a slight pivot in a process to a tweak in a product that results in positive outcomes - or it can be an idea that revolutionises an entire industry. We just need to be open to evolution - it's a mindset and it starts with a conversation.
Unfortunately, some people find short term safety in complacency. Like nomads, they shift from company to company, department to department doing what they've always done. They fuck innovation. They let good ideas slide because they're either lazy, incompetent, selfish or scared.
Paralysed by an innate fear of failure, they fail to disrupt and fail to innovate. They fail to realise their actions slow the progress of their company and industry. They wait to be disrupted and then they become irrelevant. Worse still, they move to another business and fuck it up all over again.
These are the head nodders in our teams. The ones who high five us in the board room for our ideas but are secretly happy with the status quo and won't change a thing.
Fact is they need to flip their thinking. We all need to change. We're navigating through disruptive times in what is the new world disorder. From tech to politics - this is a new game with no rule book and we can write our own story by building teams that embrace innovation.
 Help people realise the pain points of not changing. Highlight the risk of them losing their job, not achieving career advancement and not hitting financial goals - all because nothing changes. There's no safety in staying or doing the same anymore. Your business can get disrupted and everything can change over night.
 Help build a culture of fast experimentation. Bring your ideas to life, test and refine them. If they fly - brilliant. If they don't - it's a lesson. We're allowed to fail and fail fast - take learnings from one project to the next. Lean on internal and external stakeholders for different perspectives and share knowledge through collaboration.
 Drive a culture that rewards ideation and creative problem solving. Acknowledge team and individual contribution and reward accordingly. Embrace experimentation and reward the behaviour you need in your organisation - reward curiosity, reward innovative thinking and reward creative problem solving. Think Pavlov.
As for the innovation fuckers and their insecurities + complexities - don't let them hold you back. If somebody doesn't want to help themselves, there's only so much you can do to help them. Just move forward and start. Don't just sit there, do something. Start.
Even in startups and progressive organisations, good ideas don't happen because we fail to start. Sometimes the people around us are to blame and sometimes it's us. We can all be innovation blockers - negative attitudes, fears and comfort zones - it can be a contagion.
Life's all too brief to not take a chance. 30,000 days - that's all we get if we're lucky enough to live to 80. When you quantify our lifetime like that - our perspective needs to shift. Urgency must kick in. It's time to pick a fight. Make a difference. Change ways. Innovate. Challenge. Shift. Disrupt.
You don't need to have all the ideas, as long as you help enable them - be positive, curious and explore new ways of doing things. Just don't be an innovation fucker.
Innovator. Disruptor. Skywalker. Entrepreneurship, startups and political campaigns are my thing. I'm the founder of 1derground, StartUp Fest Australia and a proud StartUp Grind Ambassador. Politics is a passion, working with the Greens on Local, State and Federal Elections - I also campaigned for Hillary in the USA. A former journalist and media broadcaster, I transitioned to a leadership role at a multinational pharmaceutical company, before becoming a corporate rebel and joining the startup community. I then worked as Head of Sales & Innovation for Brand Collective in Australia and New Zealand with a mission to disrupt and redesign retail. Now I'm spearheading my own consultancy helping individuals, startups and corporates disrupt. I'm also COO at MarineTraffic - helping transform shipping. You can also find me somewhere between US + Europe + Australia, speaking at conferences and events.