Are You Experienced?
The saying is “the first lie is the hardest” and after this other lies come easier.
Now, I am NOT advocating for lying, but innovative thinking can be compared to lying because the more you practice thinking and acting innovatively, the easier it will be to apply it in everyday business life.
Don’t just talk about innovation. Get started on experiencing innovation. Once you have experienced innovation, you will become a believer, a practitioner and more innovative thinker. You will be more generative in your thinking, ask the more expansive questions that lead to innovation, and won’t just be satisfied with using the first solution you or the group proposes. Anyone, yes you, can be more innovative every day! As with many things that are worth doing, the hardest thing is getting started.
The best part about experiencing innovation is that you need no one’s permission to begin!
How Do You Begin to Experience Innovation?
Begin experiencing innovation with these five quick-start steps.
|5 Innovation Experience Steps||Description|
|1. Create a professional VISION of something YOU ARE NOT today.||
|2. Name something NEW you are professionally SCARED to do.||
|3. Identify something in business you are CURIOUS about and would like to EXPLORE.||
|4. Find a colleague, a mentor, a coach, a peer group, a community to SUPPORT your thinking and ideas on your professional journey.||
|5. Now, START STEPS 1-4 !!||
(1) What am I learning that…I DIDN’T KNOW I AM GOOD AT?
(2) What am I learning that…I DIDN’T KNOW I AM NOT GOOD AT?
How Do I Know These Innovation Experience Steps Work?
This past year has been quite the journey of professional innovation for me. The only difference is that I did the above steps in an immersive, intense, very focused way.
I knew I wanted to grow my business to a new level and do things differently going forward. I had to think differently and taking an innovative approach was the best way. I created my new vision first and then began exploring and trying new things to expand my business world perspectives. I looked around my business “innovation ecosystem”. (This is a widely used innovation concept that is used to describe the large number and diverse nature of participants and resources that are necessary for innovation.)
The only difference to the above five quick-start professional innovation steps, I didn’t start exploring ONE new thing. I started with about 25 new activities that stretched me beyond my comfort zones. This expansion beyond your comfort zones and connecting new ideas together is a critical principle when companies or individuals are trying to innovate.
In the process of exploring, I created and changed many:
These five psychological aspects and processes don’t change easily. It’s hard work and it was a transformative experience. I explored and pushed my boundaries so much that I now have my own saying (which is better than the “lying” adage referenced above):
“If you aren’t uncomfortable, you aren’t innovating.”~ Amy Kelling, 2018
(Note: the best consultants have to push themselves to grow and promote themselves to the next level. Choosing to change is the highest level of self-motivation. This is change initiated from the inside versus waiting for external drivers to force change.)
If you want to know more about the specifics of my experience, let’s talk. However, I think the most important innovation messages of this piece are these:
- Innovation is something everyone can experience…you just have to start!
- You can be as aggressive as you want in moving toward your vision…Do one new thing or do 25!
- One day, you won’t remember a time you didn’t think and act innovatively as second nature.
- Innovation is an absolute necessity for business GROWTH. (Companies, no matter how large or small, cannot rest on comfortable plateaus because over time (and less time than you think) your company will cease to grow, profits will erode, you risk disruption, and ultimately risk extinction!)
Your Call to Action: Take the 5 step innovation challenge steps and begin your innovation experience TODAY!