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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

Oklahoma City University Declares Indigenous Peoples’ Day (USA)

The words "Oklahoma City University" in brick on a building facade.
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry declared today Indigenous Peoples’ Day during a ceremony at the Chickasaw Warrior Garden on campus.

Henry made the declaration in support of Native American culture and campus diversity on a day that is traditionally observed as Columbus Day. The ceremony included a Choctaw hymn sung by Rev. Sharon Yeahquo of the Mary Lee Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in Del City, a drum song performed by Cortney Yarholar of the Sac & Fox and Creek nations and a speech from Henry. Rev. David Wilson provided the opening remarks.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
“It’s important that we realize this isn’t just something to celebrate today, then forget about Native American contributions the rest of the year,” Henry said. “That is not what this campus is all about, and that is not what this day is all about.”

Henry discussed a story from the book “Winona’s Web” by author Priscilla Cogan about how the Lakota Sioux tribe encourages its people to organize their lives, learn new things and listen to the opinions of others.

“There’s something to be said that we need to sacrifice individually for the good of the whole. There’s no one who can teach us that better than our native peoples,” Henry said.

by Rod Jones