What’s Your New Year’s Vision?

2017-04-10T21:46:57-06:00By |Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t find them very motivating and apparently I’m not alone, judging by the number of people who crowd into my health club in January who are gone by April. Resolutions just don’t stick with me. So I’ve been musing about finding an innovative way to practice this tradition. The answer I’ve come up with: Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, why not a New Year’s Vision?

The Trouble With Facts

2017-04-10T21:47:09-06:00By |Innovation Behavior, Innovation Strategies, Uncategorized|

“There are no facts about the future.” I don’t know who first said that, but I keep coming across it lately and I agree. It’s not possible to draw factual conclusions about things that haven’t happened yet (although that doesn’t stop us from trying)...which raises an interesting question: How useful are facts in evaluating innovative ideas?

Innovation is About Making Predictions

2017-04-10T21:47:09-06:00By |Innovation Strategies, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

When it comes to innovation, making good predictions isn’t about trying to discern where the world is headed as much as where we might take the world. It’s an imaginative process (often just as imaginative as coming up with ideas in the first place). Innovation is not about predicting the future we’re expecting but rather achieving the future we want to create.

Innovative Thinking and Defensive Driving

2017-04-10T21:47:09-06:00By |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.

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