Workplace innovation – mantras by creative people

To stay ahead of competition, we need to keep innovating regularly. This at times may be draining to get the creative juices flowing regularly from within.

In this post, I have outlined a few mantras by creative people that will provide the require boost to the morale to keep up the pace for workplace innovation.

Key motto of this post is to stress on the point that how the creative urge from within motivates a person to reach unexpected dimensions of knowledge and inventions.

As a famous saying of Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple) mentions:


“We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”


Everyone needs some kind of motivation to keep going.

Have you felt a need to re-energize yourself? Have you been tired or frustrated of your work lately? Well, who hasn’t been in this situation?

In this post I have tried to compile mantras of workplace innovation and draw lessons from seven great innovators from different trades and with different personalities.

The intent is to help readers energize themselves.

I have particularly stressed on the fact that creativity, innovation and leadership are not domain specific, and these traits are achievable by anyone making serious efforts, although the feat is not an easy one to achieve.

So let’s get on with it.

Let’s try to ride on the shoulder’s of giants to locate our success path.


1. Workplace innovation mantra by Steve Jobs

Let’s start with Steve Jobs who is considered to be one of the most visionary business leaders to have lived ever on this planet.

We all know him for what he did to the computer and smartphone industry. IPhone the Invention of year 2007, credited to be one of the most popular workplace innovation and of all times, is his brainchild.

However, several readers may have been unaware of the fact that Steve Jobs was a University dropout, who later became an icon of creativity.

His famous quote ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ will keep reverberating within the business fraternity for years to come. He was an innovator par excellence and lived to innovate.

He redefined perception of the common people globally on how mobile phones can be used and was one of the biggest influencers of this century.

One of his quotes that everyone can relate to at workplace, to be creative, competitive and innovative, is: my mantras are focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.

One of my earlier post is dedicated to Steve Jobs. (STEVE JOBS- Mantras of Success).


2. Leonardo da Vinci


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The world famous great artist Leonardo Da Vinci is considered to be one of the most talented persons to have ever lived on this earth.

He was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.

His prophesized success mantra and route to workplace innovation was focussed on inner satisfaction to get the creative juices flowing from within. Is it not a right things to do to let the creative flourish from within?

It was difficult to find one mantra for workplace innovation. A million pages will not be enough to portray all his success stories.

However, these 10 inspirational quotes from him in the video (Credits- Inspirational quotes gallery) would reflect upon his personality and his philosophies.

Philosophies which were the building blocks of the creative capabilities of one of the greatest artists and innovators of all times.

A lot of his famous quotes can also be found in Inspirational Quotes Gallery.


He also taught generations through his deeds that success lies in simplicity and one of his famous quotes can be linked effectively to today’s market place which is as follows:

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”


3. Innovation quote by Martha Graham

If we try to learn about innovation and have the intent, we will get countless examples from artists.

Martha Graham was a great dancer of 20th century.

Creativity fuelled her energy and she created a movement language based upon the intense expressive capacity that human beings possess.

She had an active career of 70 years and it is said that she came up with surprising creativity even when she was aged 80+.

As is said, creativity has no barriers. she pursued her raw, intuitive approach to movement and had no fear of appearing ugly onstage.

It’s not for nothing that she’s been called the “Picasso of dance.”


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Martha said ‘Great Dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion’.

Think of this quote in the context of workplace. It is still relevant if superimposed upon workplace innovation, it fits well for all strategists.

It is passion that drives all human beings to stay creative, innovative and competitive.

One of my earlier post discusses more about Martha.(Martha Graham- Picasso of Dance).


4. Innovation quote by Henry Ford

Ford said “Whether you think you can or you can’t; you are right”.

This is a key lesson that has gained in popularity over the years and more and more organizations stress on self-belief and motivational theories to help the workforce become more and more creative.

Henry Ford is considered to be one of the biggest influencers globally in the automotive sector.

His popularity breached automotive industry and he is known to be one of the best strategists ever who championed lean philosophy.

He preached workplace innovation through operational excellence.

His knack of keeping abreast with innovation in technology and changes in human behaviour made him a revolutionary industrialist who metamorphosed the automobile industry.

His innovation within the engineering and automobile sector were not only exemplary but also inspirational.


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More about Henry Ford on The innovator and Ford Motor Company


5. Innovation and creativity quote by Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata believes that ‘Barriers to workplace innovation are usually in the mind’.

Ratan Tata’s name has been synonymous with leadership for many years.

What separates him from his contemporary leaders is his determination to drive success through confidence and perseverance. While this is a factor which is a prerequisite of entrepreneurship, championing it is another thing.

He started as a normal employee and made his way upwards in the organizational hierarchy.

He is said to be the most prolific Chairman of Tata group which now has an eminent presence globally in Iron and Steel, IT and Consulting.

Humility is a trait he always possessed and he has been looked at by his peers and others with immense respect. Several management gurus yearned to work with him and incorporate his work ethics, style and demeanour.

He is also a statesman and an evangelist promoting innovation by investing in several innovative start-ups.

Related post- Ratan Tata- Innovator and Leader.

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6. Workplace innovation quote by Sir Richard Branson

There is one thing that is common in all innovators- ‘they are different’.

Branson once said “Business opportunities are like buses, there is always another one coming”.

Richard Branson was a unique innovator and his mantras of success were perseverance, desire, setting unachievable challenges and a continuous aim to fly high.

He sold his Virgin Music CD company and started numerous ventures- Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin trains, Virgin mobile, Virgin Galactic to name a few.

People who work with him believe in his charismatic leadership and make an effort to imitate him.

His prophesized route to success is an organic evolutionary path which embraces a lot of interconnected intangible things. These come by experience, exposure and perseverance.

One of my posts covers more on Branson and his famous mantras of workplace innovation. (Richard Branson- Mantras of Success).

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7. Quotes on innovation and success by Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is called the “Wizard of Omaha” or “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha” and it is said that he has taught America how to invest.

He said Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long time ago”. 

Now relate this to workplace innovation. Continuous learning is the key to innovation and success.

He is the biggest influencer in terms of investment all across the globe and has featured in Times’ list of most influential people.

Related post- 29 quotes on investing and success by Warren Buffett

He commands high regards globally for his adherence to value investing and his personal frugality. Buffett always believed in shared wisdom as the quote suggests and he is an ardent supporter of long term investments; both in business and humankind.

Related Post-Warren Buffett- The Business Guru.

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These seven exalted persons have remained icons of creativity and become legends of workplace innovation or more generally innovative excellence; some during their lifetime itself while few others posthumously.

However, the fire they have ignited will continue to energize the creative and innovative streaks of new entrants for millenniums to come.



  1. mytreetv June 30, 2015

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