Monthly Archives: June 2011


Two Ways to Think About Innovation

By |2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00June 27th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Innovation Culture, Leading Innovation, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

People in the wrong frame of mind can undermine even the most thoughtfully designed innovation processes. Folks in the right frame of mind can overcome many imperfections in those processes. Systems and processes are important in business, but they’re no substitute for enhancing the way people think.

Innovative Thinking and Defensive Driving

By |2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00June 20th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

The way we drive (or should drive) is a good analogy for innovative thinking. Like a alert driver, great innovators are those who can see problems coming, who have a heightened sense of awareness and possibility. This is not just an on demand capability, but a sustained frame of mind. They’re proactively looking for potential improvements they can make and problems they can avoid.

The Best Figure-Outers Win

By |2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00June 13th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Whenever we must extend beyond what we already know, it’s fundamentally the same cognitive exercise, whether we’re trying to cure disease, invent a new kind of financial instrument, win a promotion, launch a coup, or win someone’s hand in marriage. It all comes down to the ability to figure out; it’s the ultimate transferable skill.

Innovation and the Courage to be Wrong

By |2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00June 6th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

Being willing to fail, to be wrong, is one of the key characteristics of an innovator. You don’t have to like failure, and you certainly don’t want to go looking for it. But you have to be willing to accept it and move on in order to find the rare gems you’re seeking.