Innovation takes center stage in driving technology and creates tangible value out of an idea with the option of commercialization. As a first step, how do we develop an innovation mindset and the relevant skills for it?

The key step to innovation is the ability to come up with ideas that are NOVEL or/and USEFUL. This is also referred to as having a creative thinking mindset. ​​​​​​​

​​​​What is Creative Thinking?

Creative Thinking:

  • Is imaginative.
  • Generates many possible solutions.
  • Is divergent.
  • Is lateral.

Developing and nurturing a lateral or creative thinking mindset is a must in our everyday problem-solving. We can improvise by approaching the problem from various perspectives. Having a creative approach to solving a problem is always greater than looking at it from the same old monotonous perspective. Creative thinking is a life skill.

​​​​​​​There are various approaches to problem-solving of which Convergent and Divergent are two spectrums. However, a combination of both enables us to explore all the possibilities of problem-solving. In my opinion, it is essential to consider the parameters of both these patterns.

The everyday practices that can help us to improve creative thinking:

  • Develop a perspective of looking at a problem from multiple domains or keeping multiple affiliations.
  • Look at the problem with an opposable mind and opposing ideas constructively.
  • Take your hobbies seriously. Like painting, singing, etc.? Make time for it and do it with dedication. You never know what shall inspire!
  • Maintain a low latent inhibition while looking at a problem from different perspectives.
  • You don’t always have to be perfect or a pro at solving problems. What matters is just going for it by taking a chance. You shall always learn and progress.
  • Don’t restrict yourself. Always keep experimenting!
  • Always keep the sense of humor, let common sense not fade away from problem-solving.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

So, what is the ideal way of thinking that inspires Innovation?

“Breaking out of your established patterns and looking at things differently.”

Author:

Amit Thorat | Product Manager, UST BlueConch Technologies

A senior IT leader and Business Change Transformation Specialist with nearly 15 years of experience, Amit has conceptualized and implemented innovative technology strategies enabling business development needs and market growth.


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Published on May 27, 2021