Innovation Fails Because ______________.

How would you finish that sentence? Tell us -- we're adding your ideas to this list.

Earlier this week, Faisal Hoque wrote an interesting essay for Fast Company called Why Innovation Fails.

I brought that story to Facebook and Twitter, with this request: Finish this sentence: "Innovation fails because ______________." The responses were thought-provoking, and sometimes funny.

How would you finish that sentence? Tell us in the comments section below -- we'll add your ideas to this list, which I've distilled from some of the many thoughts we've received from Facebook and Twitter:

  • Innovation fails because it's not executed properly. - Jason Zelich
  • Innovation fails because of ineffective communication. - Matt Jenkins
  • Innovation fails because people fail to plan for its success. - James George
  • Innovation fails because there hasn't been enough research & development. - Des Marie
  • Innovation fails because businesses don't set aside time for idea generation and don't possess the tools to generate ideas. - Greg Alder
  • Innovation fails because of lack of resources. - Moritz Roos
  • Innovation fails because Apple sues everyone. - Mike Burglund
  • Innovation fails because of government interference. - Greg Duggan
  • Innovation fails because it is rarely recognized. - Anthony Lombardo
  • Innovation fails because nostalgic illusions die hard. - Eileen Irizarry
  • Innovation fails because people fear change. - David Grund
  • Innovation fails because people fear stepping outside of their comfort zones. - Jenn Maffeo
  • Innovation fails because someone had too little coffee that day. - Christopher Bogar
  • Innovation fails because too much significance is placed on the end result instead of the process. - Carm Tang Nian
  • Innovation fails because it's focused on the designer, not the user. - Rick Liebling
  • Innovation fails because of gatekeepers. - Bryan James
  • nnovation fails because of shortsighted leadership. - Megan H.
  • Innovation fails because of risk aversion. - Irakli Nadareishvili
  • Innovation fails because fear gets in the way. - Pete Shelly
  • Innovation fails because of a lack of courage. People choose a slow death over the potential for a breakthrough. - Brandon Smith
  • Innovation fails because you take no for an answer. - Michael Felden
  • Innovation fails because people aren't will to fail over and over and over until they get it right. - Beth Sanders
  • Innovation fails when the experience & lessons learned of other innovators are ignored. - Dana Gold
  • Innovation fails because of arrogance anywhere in the process. - Mair Dundon
  • Innovation fails because it implies decisions made by the current executives were wrong. - Tom Russell
  • Innovation fails because the term itself is abused to the point of meaninglessness. - Scott Berkun
  • Innovation fails because of bureaucracy. - Aldi Firdaus
  • Innovation fails because of lack of agility. - Lauren Wyka
  • Innovation fails because of lack of marketing. - Cole Fox
  • Innovation fails because people don't ask the right questions. - Dylan Chatterjee
  • Innovation fails because we too often ask the wrong questions and end up solving the wrong problems. - Austin Leach
  • Innovation fails because it isn't solving an immediate problem. - Phipps
  • Innovation fails because it enhances a feature but does not address a need. - Vince Rodriguez
  • Innovation fails because of unexpected variables. - Karen Marie Deneau
  • Innovation fails because of lack of conviction. - Sanjaya Padhi
  • Innovation fails because we forget to listen and learn as we innovate. - Rajasvini Bhansali
  • Innovation fails because of complacency. - Ed Glenn
  • Innovation fails because it's not seen as corporate culture, but more as a one-time shot. - Johan Jang
  • Innovation fails because the market is not ready to accept change. - Chris Van Dusen
  • Innovation fails because every original thought is not innovative. - Sonja Mack
  • Innovation fails because a one million dollar idea has a one dollar execution. - M.R.
  • Innovation fails because most organizations are not equipped to handle failure. - Matt Hunt
  • Innovation fails because of belief in the phrase, "This is how it's always been done." - Ange
  • Innovation fails because of the the phrase "Why aren't others doing it?". - Jason Brown
  • Innovation fails because employers second guess the experts they hired to do a particular job. - Jacob Bergmeir
  • Innovation fails because the innovation itself is ahead of its time. - Aaron M. Sherman
  • Innovation fails because too many focus on the bottom line rather than on the product and the users. - Andrew E. Mauney
  • Innovation fails because capitalism is more concerned with quarterly reports showing a profit than it is with improving the human condition. - Justin Brooks
  • Innovation fails because people want it to make money too soon. - Ben Fullerton
  • Innovation fails because managers/businesses don't give the right people the time/space/budget to support success. - Simon Heath
  • Innovation fails because of lack of curiosity. - Justin Calingasan
  • Innovation fails because of lack of follow through. - Kumar Kandaswamy
  • Innovation fails because those in power confuse leadership with management. - Andrew Robinson III
  • Innovation fails because people refuse to realize that the stability of today will become the stagnancy of tomorrow. - Stephen Jakubowski
  • Innovation fails because we fail to adequately define what "success" is or would look like. - Alfredo Faubel
  • Innovation fails because it's seen as a silver bullet. - Hunter Pechin
  • Innovation fails because it threatens those in the existing power structure. - Shari Ballard
  • Innovation fails because it's not incentivized. - Andrew Mutka
  • Innovation fails because of lack of focus. - Jason Mogus
  • Innovation fails because of unnecessary complexities. - Christine M. Vellah
  • Innovation fails because of top-down decision making. - Brian Rubin
  • Innovation fails because of groupthink. - Molly Keating
  • Innovation fails when it's solely the job of the innovation/R&D department. - Sheera Gendzel
  • Innovation fails because project managers run the company. -
  • Innovation fails because we place novelty over practicality. - Auggy Kim
Keep your ideas coming, and we'll keep updating this article.

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43 Comments

  • Arvind Lodaya

    Because its potential for impact is directly proportional to perceived risk (in the eyes of those who seek to predict or control its outcomes).

  • Buck

    Bacause a bunch of chinks or brownies in some flea-ridden hell hole steal the idea even after it had been pattened by the inovator then are never brought to justice (justice menaing being dragged behind a truck over a gravel road).

  • georgeb

    Innovation fails because we did not plan to fail, which eventually leads to doing wrong things perfectly.

  • Kangi

    Innovation fails because of disruptive internal competition amongst managers and executives who believed they are the ones who must be recognized only.

  • Mark Miller

    Is the glass half empty or full or perhaps shattered on the floor?   It would be great to see the Innovation succeeds thread!

  • samyruloz

    Innovation Fails because People Time-bound the potential innovators into lowly activities for fear of their success

  • Akanksha Pundir

    Innovation fails because people refuse to remove their escape button and remain stuck in their current, soon to be irrelevant, orbits.

  • Marc Fletcher

    Innovation fails because secretly we expect someone else to do it.  Those who are already doing it don't need to talk about it.