Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Some individuals demonstrate more innovative traits than others such as interdisciplinary skills and knowledge, plasticity (fast learning), openness to experience, tolerance of ambiguity, versatility, intellectual engagement, creative problem-solving.

Innovation is simply about solving problems in alternative ways. There are a variety of cognitive thought processes that go into problem identification as well as solution discovery! Innovators are often unconventional thinkers who can identify hidden patterns, see things differently and do things in a unique way. 

Because you need to have the level of curiosity, desire to learn, observe deeply, with the natural ability to maintain an open and inquisitive mind. Innovation requires thinking beyond, as opposed to outside the box, altering or changing the frame of reference to create previously unconsidered solutions.

Positive mentality
: Innovativeness is a state of mind, and innovation implies risk and uncertainty because you need to get out of the comfort zone and experiment with things you’ve never done before. People with positive thinking convey a strong will to make changes and nurture creativity, have a future orientation that makes them more focused on the future goals, and demonstrate resilience to fail over. People who innovate are pro-change and not afraid to challenge conventional understanding of issues; encompass a positive mental attitude which is much broader than trust, empowerment, competitiveness and personal responsibilities.

A good positive chain of thoughts followed by an optimistic attitude and actions enable people to discover their strength, be courageous to take the path that nobody has taken before, focus on opportunities, overcome roadblocks on the way, and increase the chance to innovation success. Positive thinkers are more tolerant to risks or failures as they know they can learn invaluable lessons from it. They are open minded to embrace fresh thoughts or ideas; have the unlimited curiosity to ask questions, show courage to challenge conventional wisdom, connect dots to reframe the problems and solve them innovatively.

Integrative thinking: Integrative thinkers are inclined to seek out alternative views and contradictory data for expanding the thinking box and figure out premium solutions to complex problems. Technically, integrative thinking is defined as the ability to constructively face the tensions of opposing models; instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generating a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new model that contains elements of the individual models, but is superior to each. More broadly speaking, integrating the variety of thought processes such as critical reasoning, creative thinking, divergent thinking, or convergent thinking, holistic thinking, or synthesis, etc.

Perhaps integrative thinking is the silver lining with the connected dots to debunk the myth of innovativeness. It is a mental discipline and practice to find a way to reconcile logical and creative thinking without triggering an impaired form of cognitive dissonance. It is a complex cognitive process of integrating logic, intuition, and imagination to develop a holistic continuum for creative problem-solving. It considers the problem as a whole rather than breaking it down; it implies synthesis, not necessarily analysis – binding things up, or integrating fresh ideas into a more holistic solution.

Systematic wisdom:
Systematic understanding indicates knowing the interconnectivity between parts and the whole, enables people to get behind the "surface" validity and provide us deeper insight into the nuances of "why and how." Systems thinking processes enable people to discover hidden patterns, look at the problem from a different angle or understand the issues via multi-disciplinary lenses. It helps them see a larger system with interactive pieces and “conflict” goals; provide the deep insight into the emergent properties, in order to get the scope and dynamism of the problem. Systems understanding builds an interdisciplinary foundation to connect wider dots to spur innovative thinking; as creativity is an outcome of a deep understanding of the patterns of thinking that underlies Systems Thinking.

People may take the easy path, think and work at a superficial level rather than spend the time to understand what is going on underneath. Without deep observation and comprehensive understanding, people simply get stuck in the old way. Thinking systemically actually helps to stimulate creativity by forcing more ingenuity, rigor, and precision into the practice. Innovation is a managed process and unique business competency which are underpinned by varying elements such as people, process, and technology. A systematic innovation management process helps businesses recognize challenges, understand boundaries, and deal with constraints smoothly.

Being innovative is a state of mind – it’s all about how to disrupt the outdated thinking and the old way to do things. Some individuals demonstrate more innovative traits than others such as interdisciplinary skills and knowledge, plasticity (fast learning), openness to experience, tolerance of ambiguity, versatility, intellectual engagement, creative problem-solving. They can apply multidimensional thought processes to see things from different angles, upon thinking profoundly, and upon striking the right balance without any sort of extreme thinking or bias, for shaping a deeper perception to understand complex issues and handle them innovatively.


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