Innovation Cartoons

Please feel free to use these cartoons in your presentations, university courses, books etc, for free, as long as you drop me a line to let me know what you have planned (telliott at timoelliott dot com),

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Too much jargon! Are you “pushing the envelope”?

Everybody wants innovation — but not necessarily the consequences that go with them

yes to innovation no to change

It’s easy to give up on innovation after the first setbacks:innovation no tried that once

It’s important not to be too busy to think about innovation…too-busy-for-innovationBecause your competition isn’t going to stand still.


It’s also easy to kill off any enthusiasm for employee innovation with too much bureaucracy and barriers

Killing innovation

When you are ready for innovation, you have to think out of the box — which can be hard!

It's hard to think out of the boxA change of scenery can help:

you know what you need? a change of air

Design thinking is a great tool to get around the problems you see in your business:


IT agility is very important


But before you start changing the game, make sure you know what game you’re playing:


The complexity of your existing systems can get in the way of innovation


Over time, your organization may have built up complex systems that no longer make sense (except to those who feel their jobs are threatened?!)



Cloud technology may help you innovate with more agility… cloud agility

In order to innovate, you have to “fail fast, fail forward”Failure-to-innovate

Innovators have to learn that having a good idea isn’t enough — you can’t just hand it over to somebody else to execute, you have to push it yourself:


But smart companies will put processes in place to help pioneers move their innovations forward:


At the end of the day, innovation is hard work — but it’s worth it!


Personal cloud solutions are all the rage…


Alexa, what’s the next big breakthrough in computer interfaces?!

How about — bear with me here — we actually try to change something?!

Do you have problems thinking outside the box?

Unauthorized drone usage? You’re suspended!

Fed up with talk about digital disruption? You’re not the only one!


Top executive tip — promise what you can’t deliver!

Beware of executives reading airline magazines!

You have to “skate to where the puck will be” — or do you?!

Why is so much “innovation” just so… small-minded?

Hey, it’s really important for all of us to embrace change! (you go first!)

Agility vs consistency?

Innovation in large organizations can be hard work…

Innovation is hard to do on a silo-by-silo basis!

Go be an innovation hero! And make sure you fulfill all these KPIs…

Are you a thought leader?!

It seems like some folks will go out of their way to reject innovation. Which is the better excuse? “Yes, but will it scale?” or “I’ll need an ROI case”?!

Innovation backlog is a big problem…

30 comments to “Innovation Cartoons”
  1. Hi Timo! Thanks for great cartoons, which illustrate very well plenty of personal experiences from working with innovation. May I use some of your cartoons in LinkedIn or blog posts?

  2. Hi Timo,

    You have great cartoons and some are related to my articles. I would like to use it my Linked In post with your name in it.
    Please consider my request


  3. Hi Timo

    I am going to present to an internal job position at my company in the innovation department, and in my presentation I would love to use some of your cartoons. Is going to be internal. I of course put your credit.

  4. Hi Timo, I work in a NFP in Sydney. We have been divided into working groups to come up with ideas on how to implement a ‘culture of innovation’ and my group are presenting to the rest of the department in a few weeks. I’m so pleased I came across your cartoons! They really hit the nail on the head – particularly the one about being too busy to innovate, and ‘we tried that once’. I’m sure these are common objections in all teams trying to implement these changes and it’s something I’m sure a few of us feel – a little light humour is always a great way to address those kinds of objections. I would love to use them in my presentation, with your permission. Elli.

  5. Dear Timo,
    Congratulations for these cartoons! 
    I would like to use one of them in a presentation about Cultural and Natural Heritage and Smart Specialisation. I am working in the non-for profit sector and the presentation is also a non-for profit activity.

    Of course I will indicate your name and website on the slide. 

  6. Hi Timo,
    I’d love to use your cartoons for an internal learning piece on innovation that I’m creating for our staff.

    • Fabio,

      I’m honored, please go ahead, and good luck with the innovation presentation (culture is the hard part! I find that you can potentially get people to think about it more seriously by getting them to think about people not as passive “users” of technology, but incredibly powerful “human sensors/computers” that add value every time they add data… make sure people are a fundamental part of the future solution — innovation is something you do WITH people, not AT them!)


  7. Hi Timo,

    I love your cartoons and would like to use some them for my presentation at university. Since my topic is about “innovative work behavior”, some of your cartoons fit quite well. It is not commercial and will not be shared in public, since it is only for academic purposes. I will give full credit to you and your website. Is that okay for you?


    • Carolin, thank you for letting me know, and good luck with your presentations… the hardest part about any “technology innovation” is people: culture, organization, process, incentives, etc. — organizations should spend as much time on these things as they do on the technology (but they never do!).

  8. Hi Timo,

    I would like to use one of these cartoons when I teach a leadership course about challenging the process. I will give full credit to you and your website.

  9. Hello Timo,

    Putting together a deck for my team’s weekly meeting – would love to use some of your cartoons.

  10. Hello Tim,

    I have an internal meeting next week and I find great some of your images to illustrate and reinforce the message I want to give them.



  11. Hello Tim,

    We have an internal workshop working on an innovative ship with clean energy. I would like to use one of your innovation cartoons.

    Thank you!

    Best regards

  12. Hello Timo,

    I’d much like to use one of your images in a personal LinkedIn post about innovation and change. I will give full credit, tag back etc.

  13. Hi Timo,

    As others have expressed, these are brilliant cartoons that we would like to use for presentation purposes within our organization, to illustrate the common pitfalls and help promote a more innovative culture. What is the process for requesting permission for such use?

    Thank you,

  14. Hello Timo,

    These cartoons are great! May I use some of them (by giving reference to your website) for an internal team meeting ? This is not commercial.


  15. Hello Timo,

    I hope you’re well.

    Would it be possible to use these cartoons internally?



  16. Hello Timo,

    may I use some of these cartoons for an internal team meeting ? This is not commercial.

  17. Hello Timo,
    These cartoons are a great and I would like to use some on our internal company website. The use is non-commercial and meant to inspire more innovation in our company.
    I will of course give credit to you. May I have your permission?

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