School is starting in the next few weeks. Kids all around the world will start going to classes for the first time. One of the first things they will learn is how to work and play well with others. This is a vital skill that some people master and others struggle with all their lives.

Being able to work with others is not just important in school, it is also vital to innovation. We all  know that Thomas Edison was a great innovator.  He was also able to create very successful teams to help him in his innovations. To do so, he created an environment where people could join in, help create revolutionary new products and also become part of something bigger than they were individually.  The video below illustrates this principle.

So, if you are struggling with innovation, ask yourself if are you working and playing well with others. It might be the ingredient you are missing for successful innovation.