This year marks the 30th anniversary of Post-it Notes. Spencer Silver, co-inventor of the Post-it, is credited with saying, “If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.”

Innovation sometimes happens purposefully, and other times, it happens by chance. Inspiration happens far more often, but translating inspiration into innovation is the tough part. Industry-leading companies know this, and they have a corresponding common trait: they aren’t willing to rest on success. They encourage and support innovation. They push it.

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