March 30, 2022


When’s the last time you didn’t take no for an answer?

When MINI Designers pitched their idea for their iconic Union Jack Taillight, they were told it was illegal. Taillights must be symmetrical, but the Union Jack is asymmetrical.

Instead of NO being the answer, they didn’t give up. They used innovative & creative thinking to create the required symmetry needed, while still keeping the Union Jack asymmetrical.

Innovation is hard work and it requires those of us who can see a better future to also have the tenacity and grit to keep pushing for it.

When we’re thinking differently about things, we will always meet resistance. Change is hard, people are uncomfortable with new things.

Instead of letting no being your defining moment, see it as encouragement telling you that your idea might just be bold enough to act on… AND, it just might be an indicator you’re on the right path!

When’s the last time you were told no and what did you do about it?

To hear the MINI Designers and how they were able to figure out how to implement their iconic Union Jack design, watch this short 1 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lsBhTLrOUs

About the Author

Leo is a people and heart-first entrepreneur who believes everyone can be an innovator. An innovator himself, with 55 US patents and over 20 years of experience, Leo has come alongside organizations like Chick-fil-A and guided them to unleash the innovative potential of their employees by transforming them into confident innovators.

Leo’s friendly, joyful and enthusiastic demeanour makes the journey to innovation exciting and attainable. Leo’s also a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® trainer & facilitator who believes unlocking innovation takes new approaches.

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