“Be stealthy with your radical concepts, because out there are the innovation killers. They’re prepared to hunt down and destroy your best ideas!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Innovation involves change, and change involves radical and bold concepts. People don’t like change, and they won’t like your bold concepts as a result.
So you might often find that you need to be stealthy in your approach and method to bring your idea to the forefront.
Why an approach that involves secrecy? Shouldn’t you just get the support of top management, which will give the credibility and status to your idea?
Because they might not be ready to support your concept, publicly or otherwise. The Harvard Business Review has a great innovation on the concept of stealth innovation and the reasons “innovating under the radar.”
The approach can often make sense when considering internal politics, organizational culture and other barriers that can get in the way.
And it will often work as a launchpad for your idea, helping you to get it to a point of progress and success where it might face more natural acceptance!