are there new ideas

How Many New Ideas Really Exist?

The Portland Art Museum is currently featuring an exhibit called the Shape of Speed. It is an amazing display of rare cars primarily from the 1930’s. Each of the cars and motorcycles have been designed with the concept of streamlining in mind. I have to admit they are all pretty cool.

The Scarab caught my eye. Built in 1936, it has moveable chairs and a table. As I looked at it, it reminded me of designs I’ve seen for autonomous cars. It is amazing how many “new” ideas are really inspired by something that already exists. How do you get your inspiration for new ideas?

Check out my new book, Leading the High-Performing Company. You’ll find more examples of inspiration in the chapter about innovation.

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