The executive, we’ll call him Mack, was in trouble.
After being promoted to EVP of sales, a serious illness kept Mack out of work for an extended period of time and wiped out his first year numbers. The second year they gave Mack a major account that crashed and burned due to no fault of his own. Still, his numbers tanked again. The third year it was make or break. Rather then complain about his ill fate or accept it, Mack decided to change it. Through innovation.
Mack got his team together and asked 3 simple questions:
Several years later Mack and his team are running a very successful and growing business in their field.
Another executive, we’ll call her Alice, was in even more trouble.
Alice was brought in to run a fifty-person health care business in April.
In May the Affordable Care Act passed. Alice’s business was deemed illegal and obsolete and was scheduled for shut down 3 months later. Rather than walk away, Alice pulled her team together and said we have 3 months to create a new business, something that would normally take 2 years. With innovation and passion, they did just that. Three months later jobs were preserved and a new service offering was born that continues to thrive to this day for the parent company.
Finally, Mary, a college student, was dismayed that she did not get into the sororities she rushed. However, her dismay didn’t last long. Mary simply started her own.
Mack, Alice and Mary each faced significant barriers in their life.
They could have easily given up and few would have blamed them.
But all three shared a common trait. For them:
Innovation was a life style. Barriers were obstacles to be overcome. Success was a matter of choice, not chance.
Perhaps you face similar barriers:
Such barriers are common. They also create choices:
There are no silver bullets when adversity hits.
But adapting an innovative lifestyle and mindset can go a long way toward insuring you’ll never need one.
Change happens – faster than ever. The challenge is to adapt, ignite and win! Psychologist, author, coach and speaker,
Dr. Gary Bradt has devoted his career to arming organizations and people with practical and powerful tools that increase their capacity to adapt quickly and keep moving in a positive direction – professionally and personally.
Innovation is always being questioned, tested and redefined. 500 years ago the great Italian Renaissance painter Raphael was commissioned by the Vatican to depict the latin schools of philosophy on a fresco.
Raphael chose the pay homage to the thought leaders from classical antiquity of the Greco-Roman world and also to his own contemporaries. His visual manifesto combined the leaders of innovative thinking representing the sciences and the arts. This cross-disciplinary group of experts included the founders of the schools of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, ethics, the arts, combined with military strategists, political scientists, architects and the even the heavenly deities. Raphael painted this fresco to illustrate the theologians reconciling Philosophy and Astrology with Theology, in which are portraits of all the sages of the world shown disputing among themselves in various ways. This painting by the 27 year old artist was a symbolic collision of epic proportions. This masterpiece informs modern man to recognize that his destiny requires a combination of skills that draw upon the knowledge of other non-linear sources of information.
Today's Age of Information is a fluid world where creativity, science, globalization, culture, art, democracy and economics are being catalyzed by technology. How we embrace a "New Age of Innovation" is the focus of the Idea Institute's Unconference.