Innovation will often come from those who are willing to think outside the box… this includes breaking the mold within their organizations.

Mavericks are the independent innovators or performers–often quirky–who do not run well with others. They think and act differently. Many mavericks take mischievous delight in shaking things up.

The truth of the matter is that mavericks don’t always get along well with others. They are often strong willed, a bit quirky, and with different standards which will lead to uncomfortable conflict within the organization.

They make others uncomfortable. They bristle at systems and routines. As a result, mavericks are often marginalized, rejected by the corporate immune system or by colleagues who want harmony or simplicity. Meanwhile, innovation fizzles.

Just don’t be a jerk about it… or break company policy and ethics. :)