“Everyone has huge creative capacities. … huge creative capacities as a natural result of being a human being.”
— Sir Ken Robinson
“… creativity isn’t some rare gift to be enjoyed by the lucky few — it’s a natural part of human thinking and behavior.”
— Tom Kelley & David Kelley
What does it mean to think like an innovator?
If you go to law school, you are trained, as the old adage goes, to ‘think like a lawyer.’ But where can you go to be trained how to ‘think like an innovator?’
Whatever your career today, you probably now know you need to be creative or innovative to adapt to changing times. Often you need to be more creative just to survive. But how do you do it? Especially if you’ve never been trained in what creativity really entails?
You can find a lot of great writing today on innovation. But often it’s either about developing new technologies or how to create a culture of innovation in an organization. What do you do if you’re not one of the lucky ones to get hired at a company like Google or Apple?
What if you’re just looking to find new ideas to develop your business, or advance your career, or bring about change in your government?
Today, nearly everyone needs to think more creatively in order to keep up with change and even hope to stay ahead of the curve.
The above quotes tell us that we all have the potential to unlock our innate creativity and become more creative and innovative.
But how do you do it? In this blog, I suggest that all successful innovators tend to have 7 basic habits. They are listed below, and elaborated upon in this site. They can be made simple, but they are not easy. These habits form the framework for simplifying the ways of thinking that need to be learned, and the new skills needed if you wish to develop these habits:
Focus: Master the Art and Skill of Focusing
This one is at the top of the list for a reason. With the insane level of distractions around you today, focus is everything. How do you do it? You don’t need to practice zen, but you do need to become zen-like in your approach. Read more …
Find Your 3 Key Passions and Creative Confidence
This is not what you might think. It’s not the usual ‘follow your passion’ mantra. It’s actually about what Steve Jobs really said. Read more …
You’ve heard the advice that you should play to your strengths, but that not enough: you must build your strengths further. And build new strengths when your goals call for new ones. Read more …
A Genuine Other-Focus
One of the biggest myths about innovation is that it’s all about creating a new ‘thing.’ False. The greatest innovators have a powerful ‘other’ focus, a committed focus on how they can help others, as this helps ensure you create what people actually want. Read more …
Design Thinking with a Bias Toward Action
Whether you call it design thinking, or creative intelligence, or design doing, or something else, the process is the same. Since the process involves a bias toward action, prototyping and experimenting, we can call it Design & Build Thinking. Read more …
Collaborate to Co-Create
The myth of the lone genius is not only dead. So is the myth that innovation just requires collaboration. It requires a particular kind of collaboration, one where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, where there is real synergy created. And it doesn’t happen by pure chance. Read more …
Learn, Unlearn and Relearn … like a Scientist
In the last century, it was sufficient just to be good at learning. In the 21st century, you need to add two learning skills: unlearning and relearning. And yes, it can be hard. Read more …