Innovate Err…Like Everyone Else Is Doing It

innovation cartoon

Recently, I was reading a blog that was talking about innovating. This company did this, this company did that – that sort of thing. It was a fun read, and certainly inspiring.

But then the author ended by basically suggesting if you did these things you’d be innovative too.

Wait – what?!

I don’t mean to sound like a third grader, but that’s not really innovating – that’s copying.

The good news is, this article did inspire me to create a cartoon on this topic. . .in an innovative way.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

5 Reactions
  1. Like, Think for yourself: Here’s how.

  2. If you look at how people are being innovative, then copy what they’re doing, then no, you’re not being innovative. At best, use it as a source of inspiration, but not mimicry.

  3. That’s quite funny. He is asking you to be innovative but then he is asking you to mimic other people. Now that’s ‘innovative’.