These two competing types of innovation largely determine your level of ambition and your tolerance of risk: How much?
CREATE: This type of innovation is focused on DOING NEW THINGS and includes:
- Creativity: Aesthetic vision and artistic expression
- Discovery: Psychological and spiritual exploration
CONTROL: This type of innovation is focused on DOING THINGS RIGHT and includes:
- Security: Safety and savings
- Productivity: Accomplishment and advancement
Consider how your highly efficient daily grind has crowded out your creative soak time for playing the guitar or mediation.
These next two competing types govern your speed of innovation and your sustainability: How fast?
COMPETE: This type of innovation is focused on DOING THINGS NOW and includes:
- Vitality: Physical and emotional health
- Prosperity: Financial well being
COLLABORATE: This type of innovation is focused on DOING THINGS THAT LAST and includes:
- Capability: Learning and intellectual development
- Community: Connection with family and friends
This is where our work-life struggles occur. Do you go to the gym to keep healthy or go pick up the kids early from daycare to stay happy?
Of course, in the right measure, situation and sequence you must engage all four types of innovation, but not all at once, and certainly not everywhere. You need to practice prismatic thinking – looking for hot spots and blind spots in each of the four types:
- What’s working?
- What’s not?
- What should I start?
- What should I stop?
- What should I hold?
By routinely rebalancing your life portfolio, you will continue to grow through shrewd choices about where you invest your time, resources and precious energy. Remember that you cannot grow until you first create the capacity for growth.
You can have it all, just not at the same time or way. Innovation requires deviation.
Jeff DeGraff is an innovation professor at the Ross School of Business, the founder of Innovatrium Institute of Innovation, and co-creator of Competing Values Framework. In his new book, “Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved,” you’ll learn to be a Creativizer, to incorporate what’s unique about you in everything you do; to make you new, seize opportunities, and address challenges in your life. You’ll first learn to leave your old habits behind and instill a new innovator's mindset. And you’ll end with a true and tried method of changing your life. In Stores Now! Get more at www.JeffDeGraff.com.
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