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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…

10 Things To Never Apologize For Again

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(all illustrations by Jessica Hagy)
“I’m so sorry, but—” is the introductory phrase of doom. Apologizing when you haven’t made any mistakes makes you look weak and easy to dismiss, not polite.
Still want to say sorry? Then just don’t say it in these 10 situations.
1. Don’t apologize for taking up space.
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You’re three-dimensional in many powerful ways.
2. Don’t apologize for not being omniscient.
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If you really were psychic, you’d be out spending your lottery winnings already.
3. Don’t apologize for manifesting in a human form.
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You require food, sleep, and you have regular biological functions. This is not being high-maintenance. This is being alive.
4. Don’t apologize for being intimidatingly talented.
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Do you detect a wee bit (or a kilo-ton) of jealousy? Good. You’re doing something more than right.
5. Don’t apologize for not joining the cult du jour.
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If you don’t believe in the life-changing magic of the brand synergy matrix (or whatever the slide-show is selling), you’re more aware than you realize.
6. Don’t apologize for being bound by the laws of time and space.
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Need to be in three places at once? Actually, no, you don’t.
7. Don’t apologize for not assisting the more-than-able.
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Get your own stupid coffee, Chad.
8. Don’t apologize for not being unimpressed by mediocrity.
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Work that gets praised gets repeated. Stop clapping for things you don’t ever want to see again.
9. Don’t apologize for trusting your gut.
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Don’t walk down the dark creepy alley or into that closed-door meeting with the predator, okay?
10. Don’t apologize for standing up for people you care about. 
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Because you’re tired of hearing them apologize for doing everything right.

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