Innovate to Innovate!

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A very simple google search with the key word innovation, throws about 41,60,00,000 results . While there are several studies that talk about – How to Innovate ? , the very steps to innovating continues to be a less touched aspect.There are several myths, that, continue to haunt us, when it comes to questioning the very basis of “How Do We Innovate ?” . Few of the Myths /Facts

  • Do Group Brainstorming produce the most ideas for innovation ?
  • Are pen spaces are better for creativity ?
  • Is Coffee is better than wine for stimulating creativity ?

A study of the top 50 game changing innovations over a 100 year period showed that nearly 80% of those innovations were sparked by someone whose primary expertise was outside the field in which the innovation breakthrough took place.Now, this takes us to a bigger question – How do we innovate to innovate !And what are the checkpoints that guide us , along the innovation path ?

All innovations involve a trade-off between risk and reward.Just how risky an proves to be , depends in great measure on the choices people make in using it.

I came across this wonderful article , that was featured at HBR on Innovation Risk. Have attempted, to capture five best checkpoints that we could apply in real life.

Check point 1 :Recognise that you need an alternative model / idea.Counter your own intuition.

Check point 2 : Draw out the limitations of the existing ways of solving the challenge in hand

Check point 3 : Expect the Unexpected

Check point 4 : Understand the Use and the User

Checkpoint 5: Ensure that your model has ample scope for others to learn, for others to talk about and for others to envy .Equally important, it’s equally compelling for others to copy .

Most skills in life are only acquired by hands on working, and to be more creative means to create and learn, rather than merely read.Like learning to play a piano, one can only learn so much from book. A lot of learning happens when one decides to fold the sleeve and tests the waters. This is the only thing that will make one, more innovative !

Please feel free to add checkpoints that you think , will aid , all of us , in – innovating better .

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