Innovators have high expectations. They expect to succeed and have high expectations of themselves and others. Their employees and others they work with may find them difficult at times because of these high expectations. Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs had employees who said they were extrenely demanding , but as innovators they were driven and successful. This drive for success and demand for perfection made many around them uncomfortable, but you cannot argue with their results. Both were world class innovators.
Vince Lombardi stated, “Perfection isn’t attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” This statement exemplifies what successful innovators do. Though they may never achieve it, they chase perfection. While they don’t catch perfection, they are involved with creation. They create something new, exciting and beneficial.
Here are several areas where innovators have high expectations.
1- Innovators expect to have a successful innovation. – They are driven toward and believe that their idea or invention will become a great innovation. This drive kept them going when they hit obstacles and difficulties.
2- Innovators have high expectations of themselves. – Edison, like most successful innovators, worked non-stop for his innovations. Such successful innovators would put in the necessary hours, regardless of the time demanded. They expected to find solutions to problems they encountered.
3- Innovators have high expectations of others. – They led by example and expected others on their team to contribute to the success of the innovation.