Prince, Phish, Captain Crunch and Innovation

“One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” – Trey Anastasio on attending Prince’s party celebrating his album Emancipation in 1996

I’m sure some clickbait sites like Huffington Post got busy with how “weird” that was to serve Cap’n Crunch at a party. Let’s try other words for it: creative, playful, memorable…and Anastasio’s word, cool.

You know you’re onto something if someone else thinks what your up to or about to do is not a good idea. And if someone different gets excited about that same idea. Innovation and your own personal style in action is like a snow plow. It will send people to one side or the other – criticism/fear or excitement. Your own crazy ideas will send you one way or the other, and sometimes in both directions simultaneously.

That’s great! Now you know you’re onto something. Beware instead mass indifference and playing it safe.

Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities:

Innovator’s Quest – How can we inspire a culture of innovation? How can we take risks, be bold and allow for ‘mistakes’ that have the potential for great leaps in productivity?

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