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 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. Aira Bongco

    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’.

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