The headlines on innovation and creativity will not slow down --- not this month, year, decade, and so on. A reasonable look into the far future says that this millennium will be a time of near continuous inventive and innovative thinking. Of course, the human race will continue to confront age old problems such as disease, illness, malnutrition, and social inequities . Yet, even these tough problems will be approached more openly, with greater intention toward finding a solution or resolution.
Whatever our individual circumstances and situation, positive mental energy applied to our given tasks can only bring improvements, and greater possibilities. This may seem altruistic, idealistic, romantic or even naïve, but some mental energy applied to problem solving, can only improve one’s situation.
Often, we are faced with a routine set of tasks that fill up our corporate, personal , or family life. While a routine enables efficiency and predictability, an overly structured mindset, or stodgy existence comes at the cost of creativity.
In the typical working world, efficiency may be a key metric for gauging performance. However, in our current fast paced internet age, efficiency itself needs a new definition. Perhaps the new meaning for efficiency is not how quickly a task is completed, but how quickly a task becomes outdated. Many new age workers are striving to find the next step, the next app, the next media focus.
In the typical corporate environment, innovation may be left to some group of employees most often tasked with problem solving, for example, the engineering departments. This group of workers often face project and product deadlines. Their work day may become so stressful, that innovation is not on the TO DO list.
Systematically approaching the challenges of creative thinking can produce dramatic results. A formal meeting to generate new concepts may be one step. Off site meetings may enhance communication, or simply buy some free time to consider a given problem. Wouldn’t it be convenient to use established idea generating techniques to tackle a problem ?
The summary point is to recognize a problem as an opportunity , and then take action.
Good problem solving !