An innovator is a person or an organization who is one of the first to introduce into reality something better than before. That opens up a new area for others and achieves an innovation. This could be someone who helps to open up a new line of technology, art, business, resource or invention, but is innovation a proper role for the federal government? Many conservatives will say no. Are politicians listening? Unfortunately, more often than not, the answer is no.
Historically the Republican party has led on innovation. Recently John Kasich stated, that “In Ohio, we reduced Medicaid funding for the poor from 10 percent to 2.5 percent and didn’t cut one benefit or didn’t take anybody off the rolls. Why? Because we are innovators.”
President Abraham Lincoln earned a patent and facilitated the first transcontinental railroad system. President Hoover played a key role in the early development of radio broadcasting, and President Coolidge created our national airways system. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated NASA and DARPA, while Richard Nixon launched the cable television industry through deregulation. President Ronald Reagan made GPS available for civilian use and greatly expanded science research.
In 200 years the United States went from being a colonial backwater to being the world’s dominant economic and military power. How did our nation arise from obscurity, break free from the grip of the most powerful empire on earth, and skyrocket to global leadership? With a government focused on innovation, anything is possible, including growth and change.
With a strong personal drive, Innovators are leaders. Targets and rewards motivate them strongly, but a major incentive for this group is the idea of creating a legacy and wielding influence over others. Persistent and open to all new things, innovators are perhaps the perfect combination for bringing a new idea through the various phases of development and execution. “Where there is a will, there is a way,” is perhaps the best way to describe them. They’re perfectionists and tend to be workaholics, most likely because it takes an incredible amount of dedication, time and hard work to push through an idea or initiative that hasn’t yet caught on.