Keep Pushing Constant and Fearless Innovation

How committed are you to constant and fearless innovation? When someone tells you an idea is farfetched or it cannot be done, do you go out of your way to make it happen? Are you afraid to fail? I have seen far too often people get complacent and stop innovating, stop bringing ideas to the table. Complacency should not exist. People should want more, want better. Why do we stop wanting more? Why does what is OK get left alone? Why do we not want the best? We should want to strive for perfection only settling for greatness.

I have an idea that would change the way we recruit. It is something that I know recruiters and companies could or would not live without. Let’s just say, companies would become about 100x more effective in recruiting. Would you say that’s something you cannot live without? A million thoughts run through my mind a day. I verbally say or propose about 10% of them that I have proved out and I am told it is not going to happen or it can’t happen. It can and it will happen. It’s just a matter of figuring it out. For every “no” that I hear it’s becomes just a little more motivating to find someone who believes and is as passionate as I am about technology and recruiting.

Another example, we launched a social recruiting pilot in July. It is something that is a differentiator. I had to figure out how the make the back end integration work, get others to see my vision. At first people thought I was a little crazy or did not understand why I wanted certain pieces to connect. There were (and still are) a lot of headaches as I explained the connection points I wanted and needed. I have a vendor that is the “heart” of the integration and 2 other vendors had to work within that heart. Only me and for the most part the vendor that is “the heart” (they know about 65% of why) are the only ones that know how everything integrates. It has never been done before. Most programs are a face with no integration and measurement on the back end. It took understanding, figuring it out, taking the time to figure out what the important pieces were and then to solution on how to get everything to click together. I started talking about the “how and why” in January, 6 months later I am 70% integrated of where I want to be. It’s a fully functional program as is, but there are still some things I would like to see happen to optimize it and it will. I could easy say…it works and is streamlined, so why improve or add to it? The reason why is, I want everything I touch to be perfection.

I will say this…anything I do is never good enough for me. I am always thinking, “How can I make it better? How can I make it more effective, save more money, really blow people’s mind on how it integrates or maybe they will never even be able to fully figure it out?”
I encourage everyone who has an idea, who is working on something to keep working and do not listen to “no”. Find someone who will say “yes”. Maybe they will not say yes right away. As long as they will listen and you know what you are talking about, someone will take a chance on you, but you have to keep pushing. Don’t let anyone make you complacent.

I guess there are two points to this blog post….

1. I have things running through my mind and needed an outlet since I have heard “no” a lot lately, but I refuse to give up. Someone that gets the vision will take on my idea 
2. Don’t settle. Constantly innovate. Don’t become complacent and don’t take “no” for an answer.

Now…Go make something happen!

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Comment by Heidi on August 2, 2010 at 10:45am
Great post! Moving foward is never easy because some people fear change, failure, obstacles or hardship. However, when we are fortunate enough to experience diffculty and obstacles (if we maintain our resolve to press forward) we can achieve great things. Remember the storm and wind propels the sail. "Sail ON!"

“I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

“As we sail thru life, don't avoid rough waters, sail on because calm waters won't make a skillful sailor” Author unknown
Comment by Jenn Francine on August 2, 2010 at 11:27am
Thank you Heidi! Very true, change is something that a lot of people fear. Love the quotes!
Comment by Michelle Austin on August 3, 2010 at 9:37am
The two best books I've read so far this summer are "The Oz Principle" and Jim Collins' "Good To Great." A great blend of business principles describing the marriage for Personal Accountability and operating "above the line" (The Oz Principle) for organizations and those they bring into their organization will always achieve the good to great jump. (Good to Great).
If we can personally stay focused on keeping these true values in the forefront of everything we do, every single day...we are invincible. And eat your Wheaties daily, or course!
Great post Jen!! Always enjoy your contributions! :)
Comment by Jenn Francine on August 4, 2010 at 1:31pm
@Rayanne so true! @Michelle sounds like a couple of great books to read! I will add them to my list. I agree, daily application is key!

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