Innovation VS vision

Innovation VS vision

What is the difference between being visionary and innovator?

I did some googling for quotations on these subjects, a practice that I consider excellent to collect “food for thoughts”. Here are some results:

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – J. Swift
“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” – J. Scully
“The impossible is often the untried” – J. Goodwin
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – A. Kay
“Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.” – L. Duncan
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanise proverb

Here are my thoughts:

  • vision is a dream of the future: innovation is the process to turn future into present;
  • vision is not a point, but a direction. Innovations are steps leading in that direction;
  • being visionary means dreaming a future that will become real only if we will make it real through innovation;
  • being innovator means to have the skills to combine already existing tools into something original and therefore still not existing.

Vision is a picture of the future still reasonably impossible, or unreasonably possible, based on the point of observation – A. Geneletti


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Alberto Geneletti

Laurea in Ingegneria presso il Politecnico di Milano nel 1995 e Master in International Economics e Management in Bocconi nel 1999, entrambi conseguiti con lode. Ha maturato esperienze in multinazionali come British Telecom, KPMG e De Agostini, in vari ruoli, dalla consulenza strategica alla direzione commerciale, in ambito internet e comunicazione digitale. Partner di Netizens, società specializzata nella comunicazione digitale in ambito farmaceutico e fondatore di Alcalambra, società specializzata nella produzione di contenuti digitali e applicazioni mobile. Grande appassionato di tecnologia e innovazione, è spesso relatore in corsi post-universitari.

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