TRIPLE III TIME: The Innovation Drain
One of the greatest challenges of being an INNOVATIONIST is trying to maintain a steady supply chain of productivity experience. OK…what the heck did I just say? Well, what I mean is that as you work with people or groups and steadily expend your innovation and creativity energy and ideas…you also need to maintain some form of new, unique, non-traditional input dreamer activity to balance the output action.
This balance is an almost necessity in both your personal and professional worlds. Typically, if you have developed a reputation for being the “IDEAS” person (i.e. Innovationist), friends, family, co-workers, students, and business partners all tend to seek your advice on something. The Innovation Drain that results tends to make you wonder: “Am I losing my edge?” … “Are my Innovationist days numbered?” … or “Can I really help whoever find the creative solutions they need?”
My TRIPLE III TIME response/advice is to make sure you better balance your innovative inputs and outputs. First, make sure you take time to connect with “your own kind” (i.e. fellow Innovationists) to gain regular dreamer inputs. Second, seek out books, articles and other written pieces on new approaches to old problems and absorb the concepts discussed. Third, remember that innovative ideas do NOT have to be big and/or save-the-world impacting. Rather, just inspiring individuals to openly share THEIR IDEAS about continuous improvement…is innovation at it’s best!
Finally, don’t allow The Innovation Drain to continue for a long period of time. Quality, confidence, uniqueness and inspirational spontaneity can all disappear.
Let me know your thoughts.