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If you want to innovate, don’t say so

The nature of innovation is about serendipitous encounters and connections.

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Summary

When facing a new challenge, one important yet often overlooked aspect is how to frame the upcoming project. Framing, or how we look at or call something, gives us cues as to the essence of the job to be done and creates a container within which the process of work unfolds. When a job is framed as "innovation", some expectations are created and pressures are introduced into the process. Being faced with "thinking outside of the box" or coming up with that "one big idea" often prevents innovation, stifling creativity and making participants feel defensive. Innovation, as it turns out, often happens by accident. We can create the environment to increase the likelihood that random connections and encounters will happen, but we are unable to mandate or demand innovation on the spot.
Created on Oct 22, 2020 08:01,
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