Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

What is the Definition of Innovation?

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Innovation is a word that is thrown around a lot these days, but what I find is that the definition of  innovation is different to everyone.

According to Mr. Webster - Innovation is:definition of innovation
1. The introduction of something new
2. A new idea, method or device

Okay, so we can all agree that innovation is something new, but new in what way?  A new flavor of chip or soda?  Or is it something deeper an entirely new way to listen to music? Is it a new system for invoicing your clients?

When working with a client one of the first things we do is define innovation.  Innovation to us is any idea that is Meaningfully Unique.  Meaningful to three: you (the inventor),  the customer (either external or internal) and the company. Unique meaning new to the world something that has never been done before.  Now, take it even further.  Meaningfully Unique ideas often sell for a premium, create a virtual monopoly and in most cases are patentable.

What does innovation mean to you?

Topics: innovation

Corie Roudebush Spialek

Written by Corie Roudebush Spialek

Corie is the Director of Operations at Eureka! Ranch. She has a superlative attention to detail, yet sees the big picture. She is vigilant at doing the right things – even if they are not the easy thing to do. She’s efficient, persistent, dedicated, and unflinchingly committed to the Ranch and her clients. During her over 14 years with the Ranch she has helped push teams from a diverse group of companies like Jim Beam, Tyson Foods, Walmart, General Mills, Infantino, Public Radio International, National Wildlife Federation, and The Student Conservation Association to new places in their approach to innovation. Corie is a DePauw University graduate who gets the job done with grace and good humor. She and her husband Ed live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their son and twin girls. She is a DePauw University graduate who spends her free time at the pool or on the lake with her husband and three kids.

Welcome to the first blog from the Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute team.  Here you will find a diverse group of innovators dedicated to changing the world by transforming innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system that delivers increased innovation speed and decreased risk.


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