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Innovation Fails Because ______________.

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

Innovation Fails Because ______________.

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

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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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Anjali Mullany is the editor of Fast Company Digital.

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