Does innovation create a culture of continuous improvement or does culture of continuous improvement drive innovation? Why?
Continuous improvement is fostered by innovation. We’d be trapped in the same rut forever if we didn’t innovate, repeating the same behaviors and getting the same consequences. The urge to improve on what we have in order to get greater results drives innovation. It’s our nature to aspire to be better than we are and to broaden our horizons.
When an innovation arises, it is put into practice right away, having an impact on the culture in which it occurs. People begin to try to improve the innovation as soon as this occurs, looking for methods to make it better or more efficient. Then those enhancements become inventions in their own right, and so on.
Because things are continuously changing—the world is never static or stagnant—this cycle will never end. As a result, whenever a new innovation is introduced, a new change occurs, and there is new possibility for improvement. Because we’re continuously attempting to perform better than before, a culture of continuous improvement fuels innovation.