What do you do if you want to become more creative or innovative, but innovation is not one of your traditional job duties?
There is no shortage of ideas these days on innovation. But most of the time it’s about technological innovation like designing new smartphones, creating new technologies, or achieving a medical breakthrough.
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.
Many writers now 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.
After researching the bios and work of over a hundred top innovators, reading the leading books on innovation, and trying to digest the latest science on creativity, I found that the same patterns emerge over and over again. So I distilled these down to a few simple habits, and found that there are seven.
Seven relatively simple and understandable habits that can be observed over and over again in the most accomplished innovators.
This is not to suggest that the habits are easy or that there is a simple formula. Anyone familiar with creativity, or trying to create, or innovation, knows that it’s anything but a science – it can get quite messy. Actually, that just makes it even more important to try to find a simple framework that helps us understand what we need to learn and what we need to do.
So that’s the goal. It’s to try to keep it all very simple, so you can concentrate on what new skills are needed. By keeping the framework simple, the idea is that you can concentrate more easily on the skills needed.
As a footnote, I’m also a big fan of the scientific research that backs up what we now know. I don’t like saying anything that’s not backed up by the science or by hard evidence. So I hope you’ll find anything written here can be or already is readily supported by solid facts and the clearest, most up-to-date science.
I wish you the best.