Myths trivia #2: signed copy + $25 amazon giftcard

As part of the countdown to Myths of Innovation day (Oct 13th – sign-up here, or on facebook), we’re running trivia and other contests, with some fun and unusual prizes.  Some questions require looking at the free sample chapters found here (PDF).

The Prize:  A signed copy of the new paperback edition of Myths of Innovation.

Rules: anyone can enter by leaving a comment – one winner will be chosen at random from correct entries.  I am the final arbiter of all rules, including rulings about rules or rule like sub-rules, laws, by-laws, in-laws, laws about common law rules regarding the application of contest laws and sub-law rulings.

Ready? Here we go:

Question: In your own words, describe the innovators dilemma?  (Most entertaining answer wins)

14 Responses to “Myths trivia #2: signed copy + $25 amazon giftcard”

  1. Jim Johnson

    It’s when my son beats me in cards. The curse of getting replaced.

  2. Shakespeare

    Give a s*t what other people think me or do not give a s*t what other people think of me.

  3. Noah

    We could talk about disruptive technologies. But to me, the innovators dilemma is simple.

    Not being able to find a pencil or a pen.

  4. Zach B

    The protection of one’s work from emerging threats.

    I actually quite like the second description from the book, “faith in the past blinding smart people from the innovations of the future.”

  5. Brian Yamabe

    Getting better and better at innovating and executing but forgetting why you’re innovating and executing.

  6. Brian Yamabe

    Getting better and better at solving a problem that fewer and fewer people care about.

  7. Arsene Hodali

    I always saw this as the story of the beggar who became king.

    In order for the beggar to become king, he’d have to do something drastic, something amazing, something everyone calls insane. And pray to whatever being he believes in that it works. IF it works he becomes king; overtime. He becomes wealthy and comfortable.

    Now imagine a new beggar comes along and proposes to him his own insane idea? WIll the new king take him up on the offer?

    Most likely not. The king’s not looking to overthrow the king anymore (he is one!), he’s looking to keep his kingdom. The less change, the happier he is. This leaves the beggar to go out an make his own fortune against all-odds.

    If he becomes king, the cycle starts all over again.

  8. Ben

    An innovator is only committed to a vision of the future until it becomes reality.



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