Checklist for Preventing Innovation – What Would You Add?

Watch the video, you really need to see the examples.

My Anti-Creativity Checklist from Youngme Moon on Vimeo.

From the Video

  1. Play it Safe.
  2. Know your limitations.
  3. Remind yourself it’s just a job.
  4. Show you’re the smartest guy in the room.
  5. Be the tough guy.
  6. Respect history.
  7. Stop the madness before it can start. Crush early-stage ideas with your business savvy.
  8. Use experience as a weapon.
  9. Keep your eyes closed. Your mind too.
  10. Assume there is no problem
  11. Underestimate your customers
  12. Be a mentor. Give sound advice to the people who work for you.
  13. Be suspicious of creatives /liberal arts majors /poets /anthropologists /wackos in your organization
  14. When all else fails, act like a grown up.

My additions:

15. Never admit you are wrong

16. Be an island unto yourself, don’t ask for help.

What would you add?

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6 comments for “Checklist for Preventing Innovation – What Would You Add?

  1. March 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Remain steeped on your past successes.

    Avoid failure. (I suppose this very similar to #15.)

  2. Margaret Hazel
    March 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    17. Always take credit.

  3. March 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’m borrowing this from some places, else:

    Think negative thoughts by surrounding oneself with others who also think negative.

    Nothing else to add, except thanks for the link!

  4. L15A
    March 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    11. Underestimate your customers…. and your staff

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