What Sport Can Teach Us About Innovation

“Successful innovation is not a single breakthrough. It is not a sprint. It is not an event for the solo runner. Successful innovation is a team sport, it’s a relay race” – Nguyen Quyen

In Australia we love sport, summer, winter, indoors or outdoors we can’t get enough, from Wooli’s Goanna pulling championship, Geelong’s rubber duck race and who could miss Brisbane’sannual Cockroach races – it’s fair to say whatever the activity, we’re a sporting nation.

Sport is filled with numbers, analytics and teams who innovate in a quest to win. At the time of Hawthorn’s dominance of the AFL – winning three premierships in a row from 2013 to 2015 – it was known “that Clarkson (coach) has been provided with an actual innovation budget which is a testament to his (and the club’s) desire to push new frontiers”. 1

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