When I talk to fellow entrepreneurs as well as those employed by a corporation, the resounding reoccurring theme and commentary on innovation is that it begins inside of a company, not outside of it.
Many people turn to consultants and advisors to provide insight on how to innovate, and this often causes innovation to occur; however, there has to be innovation at the core of any organization in order for it to thrive.
Many business ideas have been born when someone works for an organization. If the organization doesn’t see the value in the innovation, often the employee will take the idea and use it on there own or move on to a company who has more of an innovative mindset.
Don’t feel constrained if passion for innovating is in your blood yet you are working for someone else. As many entrepreneurs will tell you, you can still work for someone else and innovate and create on the side; many great companies have been started by people who worked for someone else and eased out of the role as their own innovation grew.