Have you ever noticed what type of content usually dominates the news?
After opening a website of a typical news organisation, we are flooded with negativity.
As explained in more detail in the book Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, over the course of our evolution we developed sensitivity to danger. In the distant past, having sharp instincts could mean a difference between life and death. Especially, when you might need to react to a wild animal hiding in a bush.
Now the majority of dangers for a typical person are probabilistic. E.g. How an event will affect the economy of a country? What will be the impact of a policy for a certain demographic?
Dangers are different in their nature, but our reactions are very similar.
News organisations often tend to exploit this quirk of our brains in order to drive more traffic toward their content.
While some of the events happening in the world might look relevant, many of them won't have a noticeable impact on our lives. As a result, they get a significant share of our limited attention and thinking capacity which could otherwise be allocated to the activities in the sphere of our influence.
I find news aggregators (Hacker News, /r/worldnews, etc) to be an efficient way of staying on top of what's happening in the world. While they aren't immune to bias and excessive negativity, their content is curated and ranked by the public which can improve signal-to-noise ratio.
How do you stay aware of attention-worthy events while respecting your time and energy?
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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.
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