Hacking Innovation

“Life is trying things to see if they work.”  -Ray Bradbury

The idea of creativity, innovation, even intentional disruption and chaos, must be grounded in a cyclical mindset. Unfortunately, we still tend to view them as an event, from the lens of an occurrence, a destination. Rather than an infinite loop of hard work and dedicated perseverance.

Let’s be clear, when we continue to perpetuate the myth and idea that creativity and innovation are the work of those born with the special gene or as the lone genius toiling away in obscurity, we diminish the determined effort and collaborative spirit required for this work.

We have to continue to view creativity and innovation as a journey, rather than a destination. And the more we take on that journey…

Which takes us back to the cyclical mindset necessary in approaching creativity and innovation. Which, for all intents and purposes, means that we are not only trying to better engage creativity and innovation as individuals and organizations, we are working to disrupt and hack our own understandings and creative and innovative efforts, simultaneously.

Which means we are constantly working to disrupt our own learning, as well as our best work.

The more we open ourselves up to the new, the more dots and unusual suspects we have in our arsenal to connect. The bigger our arsenal, the more ideas we have to cross-pollinate, and the more opportunities we have to hack our own idea of creativity and innovation, both individually and organizationally.

For example, here a few dots to consider…

In a recent article issued from Big Think and Singularity University on a study they did around the practices necessary for “true leadership in the age of exponential disruption” they found that “experimentation, feedback and autonomy were important and essential to fostering disruptive innovation.”

Which are three dots that may be worthwhile for us to consider in regards to our creative and innovative efforts.

For today’s leaders, these dots are important to acknowledge and understand as they look at their own creative and innovative work across their organization. To determine not only if “experimentation, feedback and autonomy” exist, but how does it exist? In what type of environment? And is it creating the returns that is leading to momentum and progress?

The more we dig in to creativity and innovation, the more we see that it is not event work. It is not destination work, rather, it is journey work. It is deep, it is wide, it is challenging, it is constant, it is collaborative, it is as exhilarating, and it is difficult.

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche

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