What makes us reliable, makes us hesitant

Life is about action. Nobody gets rich on theory alone.

But being disciplined and focused on meeting commitments is also what makes us hesitate to invest in innovation.  Innovation is something different that creates value. 

Discipline driven doesn't like different.

Need proof? As a Lumina Practitioner, I examined anonymized, normed data from over 5,200 Lumina Spark portraits taken from US, Europe & Asia.

74%, or 3,969, of participants reported over-extending their reliability and being hesitant to change.

What can we learn from this? Building a workforce that is disciplined and focused on meeting commitments also makes it hesitant to change. 

If you want to succeed at building sustainable innovation capabilities, design your processes so the quality of your people's reliability works for you, not against you.