3 Thoughts towards being innovative

Innovative ~ in·no·va·tive [ˈinəˌvādiv]

Adjective (of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original: innovative designs

Innovation requires white space

When your mind is quiet, the best ideas will come to the surface. “when we quiet the mind through contemplative practices such as meditation, we eventually discover that awareness or consciousness exists beyond it.” (Jan Birchfield, 2013)

While this doesn’t necessarily mean, you have sit in a corner and contemplate your navel (although that also works) it suggests that, through common practices that allow our minds a break from the daily cacophony our subconscious to open and allow new thoughts forward.

 

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Innovation requires energy

When you think of people who are innovative, lack of exuberance is generally not associated with them.  People like Richard Branson or Tony Robbins are powerhouses of eRownergy.  Going to the gym is not enough, it requires a commitment to self that includes, basically, taking care of yourself; “The corporate athlete doesn’t build a strong physical foundation by exercise alone, of course. Good sleeping and eating rituals are integral to effective energy management.” (Jim Loehr, 2001)

Energy doesn’t dissipate, it only becomes something else.  So, with this in mind, it only makes sense to produce positive energy, starting with yourself, and put it out there.

 

 

Innovation requires learning

Warren Buffet’s partner, Charlie Munger said of his partner, “If you watched Warren Buffett with a time clock, I would say half of all the time he spends is just sitting on his ass and reading. And a big chunk of the rest of the time is spent talking on the phone or personally with people he trusts.” (Wu, 2014)  It is said Buffet read over 500 pages per week and, to this end, he has credited his success to that voracious reading.WP_20141230_004 3

With today’s technology ‘reading’ can be sought via many ways.  Whether through podcasts or newspapers that have an .mp3 function to audiobooks, there is not excuse to not have a bias-to-learn attitude.

 

Works Cited
Jan Birchfield, P. (2013, Jan 29). The Huffington Post: Blog. Retrieved from huffingtonpost.com: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jan-birchfield-phd/business-innovation_b_2563774.html
Jim Loehr, T. S. (2001, Jan). The Making of a Corporate Athlete. Harvard Business Review.
Wu, G. (2014, Oct 16). Gary Wu Personal Development. Retrieved from garywu.next: http://www.garywu.net/influential-people-importance-reading/

 

— AFTER THE CREDIT SCENE —

Innovation requires listening

True connection comes from real connections and thankfulness.  No room here for false platitudes, take time and actively listen to what’s going on around you.  Whether in meetings or at home, listen to learn

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About Chuck Randolph

Security Leader and Strategic Thinker. I'm focused on driving new ideas and keeping positive momentum in the industry out there. I'm a world traveler and adventurer. Join in and keep the conversation going.

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