Great ideas are NOT accidental.

We tend to think that invention is accidental. However, there were psychological and neurological reasons why Archimedes had his "Eureka!" moment in the bathtub, and why Newton discovered the law of gravity while sitting under a tree. You can create an environment in which great ideas are more likely to happen. It's a process, just like anything else. It is anything but accidental.

You don't need to drive innovation, but you must allow it.

Companies go overboard to drive innovation at their own terms. From giving employees a day a week to generate new ideas, to building innovation labs. They force innovation initiatives, but to no avail. Employees don't need to be driven to be creative. But they must be allowed to be creative which, for the most part, they aren't. Let people experiment. Don't make it too costly for them to fail.

When you debate, you experiment with ideas.

You bounce ideas of each other. You are willing to take feedback, and to provide feedback. You know how you start a debate, but you don't know how it will end. Just like any other type of experiment.

Don't say you're not creative. Say you don't want to try.

Some people believe they were simply not born creative, and they give up trying to be. The reality is that creativity is acquired, learned, and exercised, much more than transferred through DNA. So don't let yourself off the hook by saying you were not born creative. Do what it takes to become creative!

There is no I in team, but there are two in Innovation and two in Creativity. It's all about people, and how you motivate them to be creative.

The original ("There is no 'I' in Team") suggested that individuals should put their team above themselves. Focus on the greater good over their personal interests. However, the words "Creativity" and "Innovation" helped me make the counter-point. Company innovation is based on team creativity which, in turn, relies on individual creativity. Having a team of individually-creative members is critical, and the company must motivate employees to be such.

I would rather turn my strengths into greatness, than turn my weaknesses into mediocrity.

Creative people are those who are great at something. Corporate America's culture drives you to work on your weaknesses as "areas for improvement" so you are average all around. To really stand out, improve your strengths. Not your weaknesses. Mediocrity will get you nowhere. Greatness will.

When you speak, you can't learn anything new.

Many of your ideas will build on somebody else's ideas. But to do that, you need to increase your listen-to-speak ratio. Listen with intent. Listen as if your next big idea (or the foundation for it) are about to be revealed to you. 

Feel free to quote me on that...