Now that we have looked at innovation (see previous posts), including some ways to stimulate it and the need to be better at collaboration; I want to look at some ways to get more from what you already do, and how to improve partnering with others.
Use your wiring
Personality types and thinking styles have both strengths and weaknesses. If we understand ourselves then we can do better. Especially when we realise the type of thinking needed is a type we aren't the strongest at so we can get help.
If you haven't done it, do a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. There are plenty of online ways to do this for free. One example is https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test . Then read up on what that means. Once you have that, here are some things you can consider to improve your capacity to think differently.
Mix people with different wiring
- Big picture vs detail oriented
- Open ended vs clear pathways
- Talkers vs mullers
- Logic vs values
But don't let logic drive everything. If your instincts aren't happy with something then stick with it until you work out why that is.
“Logic is a mechanism for coming to the wrong conclusion with great confidence".
Broaden the pool of people
- Use the widest audience you can
- Ideas can come from anyone
- Ask someone from a different discipline
- Ask someone much younger or older
- Ask the cleaner, receptionist, admin clerk, family, …
Use collaborative thinking tools
There have been multiple tools created over time and many can be used freely. Here are some examples:
One of the tools Frank Connolly teaches is called Reverse Brainstorming. I really like it because it turns the problem on its head. Instead of saying “how can we improve this?", ask “What can we do to make it worse?". This is a very effective way to understand the problem better. You can apply it to anything.
Remember, innovation is not about technology or invention, it is about making a change that makes something better.
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