Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Running an innovative business is fundamentally about how to apply innovation logic to solve problems, implement ideas, and guild teams to make things happen timely.

Hypercomplexity and interdependence are the business reality; problem-solving today has a very wide scope, intricate factors and needs to take an interdisciplinary approach. 

Innovative problem-solving doesn’t lack logic, in fact, logic is the hidden thread behind it. It requires taking an interdisciplinary lens to understand the interdependent pieces, and all pieces are handled with attention and proficiency to come up with a premium solution.

Innovative logic is less about linear process sequence, more about building a framework with flexibility on practices: Innovative problem-solving starts from a mindset with curiosity, self-inclusiveness, creativity, and progression, which directly impacts the intellectual sophistication of problem-solving capability. Logic or processes shouldn’t stifle creativity, but set the frame to streamline creative ideas flow and innovative problem-solving. What many see as innovation is actually a set of loosely coupled modular innovative capabilities and processes of deduction to derive an alternative solution drawing from insight, experience or a pool of information.

Being innovative is about how to solve a problem in an intelligent manner. Creative problem-solvers enjoy understanding and guiding people through it via framing open, thought-provoking questions with emphasis on doing-pre-work, in order to attract a multi-dimensional viewpoint and systematic solutions. “Out of box” problem-solving is not lacking logic, but about how to leverage both creative thinking and critical thinking to reframe the circumstances or conditions around a problem and solve it innovatively. Today's business leaders and professionals need to be open-minded, resourceful and learning agile, be able to clarify the logic, effectively frame and handle issues that they had never met before and overcome some unrepeatable challenges innovatively.

Innovation coherence in problem-solving is about logic and consistency, with the ability to maintain focus and clarity: Innovation simply benefits from being developed in and subsequently commercialized in an open ecosystem. The whole effort to innovation can make progress toward a deeper understanding, and unpuzzling intrinsic-logic behind problems in order to come up with innovative problem-solving scenarios. In every stage of the selected approach, it’s crucial to make consistent decisions, clear the logic, reach a point in which business gets the benefit of the activities so far or take up the activities so far to form a stepping stone for the next step, maintain focus and clarity, with the goal to solve problems creatively.

In practice though, the apparent illogical nature of our original perception of the problem may be masking a rationale that we just cannot comprehend. In fact, logic is often nonlinear and multifaceted today, it’s critical to gain a contextual understanding of where all the functional boundaries are, the scope and context of the problem, see a larger system with interactive pieces and “conflict” goals, and create the relevant context to make an everlasting solution. Innovative leaders and professionals today need to leverage multidimensional thought processes, strategic reasoning skills, challenging existing thoughts, knowledge, or standards, seeking additional information and experience, and applying interdisciplinary logic to achieve innovation coherence.

Take logical scenario planning for innovative problem-solving:
To overcome the “we always do things like that” mentality, the discerning and mature thinker with a logical or structural style will first approach the problem from all possible conventional methods, most times in simulations; identify problem areas, encourage alternative problem-solving. It’s also important to have innovative problem-solvers with unique insight to see things from different angles, take multipath logic scenarios to understand the interconnected issues, choose innovative solutions and move forward. Tactically, start small, create a core team, build resilient processes, identify resources from other areas that can assist with innovative initiatives, build on the momentum while keeping an eye on the scale, adoption, flexibility, and innovativeness.

Running an innovative business is fundamentally about how to apply innovation logic to solve problems, implement ideas, and guild teams to make things happen timely. The real challenge is to understand the priorities of your company, and know where and how you can and should improve to amplify its effect. To improve problem-solving effectiveness, attach timelines, interim goals, assumptions, business units’ support needs and implementation plans for effective problem-solving.

Thus, innovative problem-solving is not the same as irrational problem-solving. To frame the right problems and solve them innovatively, it’s important to enhance logical thinking and reasoning; to see around the corner and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge to get to the real problem or a series of issues; to uncover the hidden clue and make people become professionally creative and rational at the same time for coming up with better solutions.


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