If you’re in the business or industry that is striving to be relevant in five years, then innovation failures are a foregone conclusion. Your organisation is probably either rethinking its hiring strategy or evaluating investing in training and workshops to bring about a change.
While innovation, in and of itself, isn’t anything new, companies now recognise the pressing need to change the status quo or face disruptive threats and irreversible consequences.
Would hiring the proverbial “Rockstars” with disruptive and innovation experience at great costs be sufficient? Maybe you’re convinced or have a hunch that you already know the person or people who will likely produce the next big idea in your organization or for your clients, or perhaps you are putting your faith in a weekend workshop and hoping that a breakthrough idea will come out by the end of it. The answer, as is usually found the hard way, is none of the above.
It is in fact a myth that the ability to innovate is mostly innate as many brilliant minds behind big ideas and successes will attest.
That is because innovation is something that can be learned and it all boils down to having the right mindset. And there are tools to help make the mindset shift and acquire the key traits. There are about seven traits of an innovator that can be nurtured and honed with the right organisational support. Some of these include curiosity, having a growth mindset, questioning existing knowledge and whole brain thinking.
With the help of the right framework and coaching, innovation can be learned and nurtured even at the organisational level.
Whole brain thinking
One of the key tools for making a mindset shift towards “Beyonder Creativity” and “Big Idea Innovation” is the most validated “Whole brain thinking” method founded by Dr. Kobus Neethling. With the help of assessments such as the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), an individual’s brain and dominant preference of thinking can be mapped out into four parts and 8 different dimensions.
One of the key findings of this method is that “no brain profile is good or bad, right or wrong” and it is possible to develop thinking in less preferred quadrants through creative whole brain exercises.
Recently, one of the world’s largest automobile companies deployed the method for a cohort of 11 people who began a 12-week innovation lab journey in partnership with Recalibrate coaches to help the organisation gain competitive advantage, and even disrupt its industry. The cohort engaged in Whole Brain Thinking working sessions for existing challenges and use cases, the outcomes of which were a breakthrough for the group as they realised how easily they could activate and consciously use other dimensions of the brain to come up with remarkable solutions. Some feedback we heard from them:
“ I am more conscious personally and professionally as a human being now. I challenged lot of my current knowledge and started becoming more curious about nature and observing”
“Most programmes i attended were theory but this one totally changed me as a person as we applied all we learnt. Whole brain thinking is something which I have infused in my talks with my friends. They show interest at times and i take pride in sharing what has changed me ever since i have become conscious of R1,L1,L2 thinking”
“Our curiosity was nurtured like a child and whole brain thinking got out the best of us “
“Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), based on ‘whole brain thinking,’ is by far the most enabling and validated assessment for individuals, focusing on the eight dimensions of thinking,” Dr. Deep Bali, CEO & Managing Partner, Recalibrate told Forbes. “The report highlights an individual’s preferred thinking style and informs them of methods to nurture the dimensions less used, therefore driving an individual to activate the whole brain for maximum impact.”
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