There’s a new year of hope and optimism starting to unfold. What better time than January to consider what we are curious about, how we can encourage that curiosity, and how that could lead to more innovation to serve ourselves, our clients and our communities better.
Wikipedia defines Innovation as “a new idea, device or process. Innovation can be viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that “breaks into” the market or society.” Elsewhere, I’ve heard it described as applied creativity, or creativity unleashed within defined boundaries.
We are all curious people, but time pressures can get in the way of exploring our interests and looking for better solutions. The old ways take less energy, but we know they aren’t always the best ways and may not meet new requirements. And they don’t give us new energy to keep coming up with ever-better ideas.
So on January 20th, let’s share our ideas on:
- When are you most curious?
- How can we encourage that curiosity so we are looking for more information and open to new ideas?
- How does it feel when we come up with and apply an innovation?
- What conditions need to be in place for us to create new solutions that have a worthwhile purpose?
- How can we create those conditions more often for ourselves? For our clients?
- How do we help clients discern which innovations are worth pursuing?
- What does being innovative make possible for our consulting practice? For our communities?
- How can we best share successful innovations so others can benefit?
Join us to share your insights and experience during this month’s NPCons Twitter chat on Tuesday, y January 20th, at 1 pm PT, 4 pm ET.. See you there!