Creativity and Innovation at the Speed of Vulcanized Rubber
Posted by Plish on December 14, 2008
We look to sports for entertainment, but we can also learn from sports. This blog entry here, discusses what soccer can teach us about innovation.
There is much brilliance in it. I used to play semi-pro soccer (I was a goalie) and the article is right on when it says:
“Ultimately, the most visible and arguably most impactful innovation lies in the feet of the players. Notwithstanding the team’s culture, strategic formation, and tactical fitness, innovation on a micro-level is still the biggest competitive advantage, and it is engrained in soccer’s DNA.”
As a hockey goalie (yes, I enjoyhaving people shoot pucks and balls at me!!) I would argue that hockey and soccer share this philosophy of innovation/creativity.
Even moreso than soccer, hockey’s pace demands quicker actions, quicker responses to threats, and the development of quicker attacks. The entire team, acting as a whole, (and even with players changing every minute or so in hockey!) greater than the sum of its parts, lives and breathes with creative boldness.
There is much we can learn from soccer and hockey about innovation/creativity once we start asking questions like:
What makes innovation possible at breakneck speeds?
What are the traits of innovative players and coaches?
It just dawned on me.
Rather than just talking about this, let’s live it! Let’s have an Innovation/Creativity Seminar based around a trip to a hockey game. If you’re interested let me know your thoughts!