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Innovators, be ready to lead change!

Coming up with an innovation is important. But, it is often only the first step toward success. The challenging next step is: making change happen.

Some ten years back, I came up with a business process centric approach to architect user interfaces for business software. Prospects and customers loved it, but I was faced with the daunting task of gettting software teams to change from their traditional technology centric approach.

This switching demanded a fundamental change in how people thought about enterprise needs, business software, and software projects. It required them to fit the new approach and a new-breed practitioner into their existing software process.

Thankfully, change did happen (and I learned such big lessons at the School of Hard Knocks that I've been doing some preaching too on the topic!).

Well, this is just a first-hand experience that shows how innovations drive change. Lots of other great examples exist in literature.

What does this mean to the innovator? Be ready to lead change.


  1. AnonymousJune 23, 2010

    Well, it' provocative but very interesting.
    I am in charge of an Association ACT'INNOWELFARE which objective is to look for individuals (round the world) who want to build change.
    Are you interested by more information about this association?
    Chantal NAUD (


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