In the challenges of innovation (BusinessWeek Viewpoint)
the author identifies three Innovation Decelerators
Some months back I described the Innovation S-Curve at the post here
In this post the individual's resolve was plotted against the time. From this perspective the Innovation is about transforming dreams into fruitful actions.
Now without the capability to engineer social change (in the broader sense) resolve may fail initially to get the results. To speed-up the process the resolve of the innovator needs to be backed by the social engineering skills. Here is another post that hi-lights this point.