Innovation is one hell of a hot buzz word these days. Everyday we hear a lot of talk about technological, social or business innovation. There is this felt need of innovating our social and organizational practices together with our technology and business processes so as to meet the demands of a fast-changing world. Not less pressing is the continuous struggle to narrow the void of an increasingly uncertain future.
Innovation is really about changing and tweaking something to make it behave or work in a different new way. It involves the input of creative thinking since it’s about looking at old things in new perspectives. It requires getting out of the old mold and break patterns of habitual thinking so as to reveal a fresh new outlook on everyday things.
Sometimes we are stuck into looking at something in a set way. It can be the way we go about a particular task or problem. It becomes a ‘given’ that we unquestionably assume it’s just the way things are. A fresh new perspective can give it a whole new meaning and to our own amazement we realize there is a better way of dealing with it we never imagined could be possible.
Yet we always tend to think about innovation in terms of changing something in the world around us. How about innovating ourselves? Would that be a teasing thought? I think so.
I have a gut feeling that women can be more receptive to this. The reason is that women tend to have more self-motivation to go through regular ‘make-overs’ like changing their hairstyle and general look, revamp their wardrobe, re-decorate their living space and re-design other things in their immediate physical and social environment. On the other hand we men tend to go through such ‘make-overs’ as frequent as celestial alignments of an inter-galactic scale.
Truth being said, it however remains doubtful whether change in appearance can count as genuine innovation – although it’s a start nonetheless.
Here are a few of my own ideas on how we can truly innovate ourselves and keep a fresh stand on our ever-changing lives. (more…)