Monday, October 2, 2017

The Monthly “Unpuzzling Innovation” Book Tuning: The Key Traits in Innovators II Oct. 2017

Innovators are the rare breed, but innovators are also among us and within us.

Digital is the age of innovation. And innovation is what leads to differentiation. There are many ways to differentiate and, therefore, there are many ways to pursue innovation. Talking of innovation is not new nowadays, everybody, every organization now is talking about innovation. It's been at or near the top of the business or economics agenda for a long time. However, there's a lot of confusion about innovation and there is no magic sauce to guarantee its success. Back to basic, what is innovation, the more you look into this topic, the more difficult to give a definition of innovation, as it is such a broad topic? One of the good definitions of innovation is: "to transform the novel ideas into commercial success.” In essence, innovation is, "intentional novelty bringing sustainable benefit." Innovators are the rare breed, but innovators are also among us and within us.

               The Key Traits in Innovators

Three “R” Factors in Innovators Creativity is a multidimensional thought process, higher level thinking, and often multidisciplinary association. Innovation is all about the madness of solving problems and doing things in the better way. You never know how innovative you might be in some field before encountering the problems and before the adoption of solutions. Innovators are the rare breed, but they are also within us. Here are three “R” factors in innovators.

Three “G” Factors in Innovators  Creativity is an innate ability to create naval ideas. Creativity is, by nature, unique to each person. Being innovative is a state of mind. There is no template which you can apply and suddenly have a creative workforce. It must be done slowly, experimentally, patiently, and individually. Either for individuals or businesses, creativity is a long-term endeavor. It must be cultivated. The best way to foster creativity is to help people communicate in a way that instills confidence, not fear; rejuvenate passion, not routine; inspire thinking differently, not “command and control.” Here are three “G” factors in innovators

 Three “V” Factors in Innovators  Creativity is the high level of thinking and innovativeness is about connecting the dots. What fuels creativity? It is a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Individually, people have curiosities, desire to learn and keep an inquisitive mind, let the imagination soar; collectively, innovation cannot happen without diverse thoughts or interdisciplinary dots connections. Here are three “V” factors in innovators.

Three “E” Traits in Innovators We are all born to be creative, innovativeness is the state of mind. And creativity is most wanted professional quality today. Creativity is both nature and nurtured, you can no longer afford to just talk about creativity and innovation; you must do it and practice it. From innovation management perspective, you have to walk the talk and shape the working environment to inspire the purpose, recognize your innovators, and unleash the genius of your employees. Here are three “E” traits in innovators.

Five “S” Traits in Innovators Innovators are the rare breed, but creativity is within us and innovators are among us. There are many traits in innovators. Innovators whose work continues to move forward and, in turn, is profitable to self and others think differently than those who are traditional thinkers. They see the old problems from different angles and find different solutions. Here are five “S” traits in innovators.

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