I love reading short inspirational articles during short breaks. Here is one of those articles. It got me thinking and idea of second order consequences stuck with me. I’d love to share it with you now.
Powerful But Simple Technique - What is second and third order consequences?
In today's society, the notion of delaying gratification is essentially quaint. While instant gratification may make life easier, it doesn't necessarily make life, business, or our well being better. Second and third order consequences always deserve a seat at the table due to this one big reason.
If you want to revive, renew and reinvent your activity wouldn’t it be handy to have an INNOVATION MANAGER?
Just as even the most expert surgeon can’t operate on himself, you need someone with an outside perspective.
A fresh pair of eyes and new brain can work wonders. By giving the doctor your trust and complete information, you’re on the way to being cured.
Every case is different, and you need not only deep experience of different kinds of innovation techniques, but also be able to gauge how it will impact your specific organization.
What kind of person becomes an INNOVATION MANAGER?
Usually they are generalists rather than specialists. These people can fit for so many different positions because they bring a wide-angle lens to a problem that a normal employee would just bring a close up view for. The best example is the main character from a TV series “Pretender”, Jarod who can quickly master complex skill sets to successfully impersonate any profession. It sounds unbelievable but these kinds of people really exist and can create huge benefits for those who are looking for effective innovations.
How does an INNOVATION MANAGER Operate?
Studies indicate that our ability to think creatively comes one-third from genetics; but two-thirds of the innovation skill set comes through LEARNING and UNDERSTANDING different skills then PRACTICING, EXPERIMENTING
and at the end ASSOCIATING them.
So, an INNOVATION MANAGER will come to your “home” – company, he is going to
to observe everything like an anthropologist or social scientist.
He carefully looks for small behavioral details—in the activities of customers, suppliers, and even cleaning ladies of your office—in order to gain insights about new ways of doing things.
Then he is going to talk to as many team members as possible, including an engineer, a stay-at-home dad, and a designer to identify what kind of innovation could benefit your business or organization.
The most important role of INNOVATION MANAGER is to find THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
Is it a new team?
Is it a management technique?
Is it a product?
Is it service offer?
Is it a marketing campaign?
Is it a communication campaign?
Is it long-term vision?
Is it turnover?
Is it a leadership skill?
Is it the atmosphere?
Is it meaning of work?
Is it the engineers?
Is it the front-line workers?
Is it the office?
Is it the motivation?
Is it the general mood?
Is it clients service?
Is it proceeding?
Is it logistics?
What is it?
‘If we did this, what would happen?’”
Bringing all the team together, mixing them with new professionals from outside, asking to imagine a completely different alternative can lead to truly original insights.
In these ways INNOVATION MANAGER will find the ANSWERS together with the team and will develop the creative spark in everyone.
The best historical example is the “Medici effect,” referring to the creative explosion in Florence when the Medici family as “INNOVATION MANAGER” of that time brought together people from a wide range of disciplines—sculptors, scientists, poets, philosophers, painters, and architects. As these individuals connected, new ideas blossomed at the intersections of their respective fields, thereby spawning the Renaissance, one of the most inventive eras in history.
If you want a Renaissance in your business – just reserve a call :)
Have a lot of thoughts buzzing in the head, but feel crap at articulating them to your team or others?
I feel you. It happens to me. ALL.THE.TIME! 🙄
You feel like you have a lot of ideas and have the reasoning why they are great and that you can take over the world with them. But when they come out of your mouth, what you say doesn’t have the same power when you vocalize them. And unfortunately what sounds great in your head just doesn’t translate to anything valuable, impressive or inspiring to your team.
Not all of us are born great orators, but when we have a passion, we can talk hours about it. Meaning, we have a bunch of words and sentences around the topic, but the key is to concentrate the most valuable part of the whole idea into a short pitch.
So…what to do?
Basically you have to practice explaining things to people. Here’s a few tips I from my experience, that I feel helped me a lot:
1️⃣ TREAT IT LIKE A STORY
“It all started, when…” Not everyone operates on the same level of information as you do, so even if it feels stupid and common sense most of the time when working in a team, start with giving a back story to why your topic/suggestion/idea is important. This introduction is a great way for you to keep the flow of your talk, have everyone onboard and not jump into the middle of the story where context might get lost for people that have less information about what you are telling.
2️⃣ HAVE A PLAN
Have the end goal in your head, where you want the listeners to be taken to by your story. Even if what you will be telling or discussing goes all different directions, you will have this powerful lighthouse - the main point that you want to conclude to.
3️⃣ BE PREPARED
if you have time, let’s say - have a meeting about something - do some research and challenge your idea asking WHY it is important to discuss and HOW it could be perceived different than you think. In that case - you will feel solid if you get these questions, will express your opinion more firmly, taking possible doubts into consideration, and increase the chance that conclusions will be made as you expected.
4️⃣ MAKE IT FLOW
Thoughts usually are very chaotic. In our heads, they are random keywords which you roughly know how to combine into this huge concept. Try putting your thoughts into text. When you do this exercise, you will be faced with a challenge of construction - have to write it down so that it has structure, flows nicely and makes sense in general. After doing so, you will have the structure in your head: what is starts from, why it matters, how you propose to approach it and what value will this idea bring to listeners.
🙃 P.S. See what I did here? I think Qoorio insights are a great way to start practising structuring your talks and inspiring your team 😉