Which Philosopher Was Most Like Steve Jobs?

Three ancient philosophers can provide valuable insights about innovation. They are:
  • Heraclitus - The teacher of Change. 
  • Parmenides - The teacher of Unchanging Being.
  • Diogenes - The teacher of Disruption.


First, Heraclitus, was the teacher of change. He taught that everything is in flux. He said that no one can step into the same river twice (because the water is constantly moving, and you are constantly changing).

Here is how innovators think about change:

  • Change is normal.
  • Change is good.
  • Change brings opportunity.

The fear of change is also normal, but the present will soon

The Most Important Thing a Leader Must Do

“So is there a way to encourage routine strategic thinking throughout the organization? I would say yes – and that it’s the most important thing you can do as a leader.”

That's what Robert Kabacoff wrote in a very popular piece in the Harvard Business Review entitled: "Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization." 


He describes strategic thinking as taking “a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning."

Furthermore, he states that it also means "thinking systemically.

Turning Change into Innovation Gold in 5 Steps

“Greed is good” is the quote made famous by Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street.” Innovators would argue that "Change is good."

Innovators consider change to be good, because they know that change brings opportunity. More specifically, change brings opportunity for innovation.

Change is Good

Mindfulness is characteristic of the innovation mindset. Although innovators are generally highly observant, they are especially observant when it comes to change. They watch for change with anticipation. When they identify change, they go to work.

Imagine prospectors swirling their pans, watching for