3 Basic Moves Innovators Have In Common With Toddlers

Is patience your best virtue when it comes down to crafting the life cycle of your business methodology or managing a new project? In which way can patience complement persistence within the infancy stage of your business model?

A successful operation, whether it’s a nonprofit organization, a new workforce, an innovative concept, or a club cannot allow haste to make waste, even in a fast-paced environment. It is reported that children who skip the crawling phase as a baby could develop such challenges as suffering from speech problems or have difficulty reading and writing due to underdevelopment in part of their brain. The same principle holds true with innovation. It is unwise to think you can valiantly win a competitive race or monopolize an industry with underdeveloped planning and preparation.

Remarkably, new business owners and innovators have something in common with toddlers.


Babies develop the ability to move and use eye and body coordination in order to crawl. They observe and discover a creative way to mobilize their bodies. Innovators sharpen their intuition and use their ability to conceive, imagine, position themselves and develop in their growth stage before investing in more sophisticated and advanced applications.


Toddlers test their ability to stand up and walk by holding on to something in order to stabilize their bodies. Innovators test to refine their tools and metrics to make sure they are in compliance with the coordination and integration of their strategy. This phase is instrumental in deciding whether or not their concept has the leeway to successfully stand on its own before launching.


Toddlers strengthen their leg muscles and discover they can pick up their momentum, by walking faster and eventually begin running. After successfully testing their concept and business methodology, innovators proceed by producing and delivering their products or services to end-users. Their teams make sure every component is effective and sustainable. If it isn’t, they find out where the problem lies, make the necessary adjustments and start running again.

To understand developmental psychology in business, technology, and innovation, one must understand the why, what and how end-users change over the course of their life cycle. Innovators become magnets of knowledge, opportunity, collaborations, and communication. Just as children learn to change their mobility scale and grow through observation and movement, innovators continuously modify and improve their infrastructure to corner the market of newness in their industry’s environment.