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This article explores how the mind and it’s imagination is useful for innovation. Innovation to me is about the pollination of ideas. Not only that they are spread to others but also how that innovation provides gains and benefits compared to what was used or available before hand. I’ve explored how your own mind’s creativity can be enhanced as well as the creativity powered by a social atmosphere and now this explores how that kind of creativity can be put to use for improvement through innovation.
The first area of application where creativity from an imaginative mind can drive innovation is in incremental improvements and change. This is a popular one for me and obviously through my writing here at LearnThis since personal development is largely about incremental change. Those active in it strive to innovate new methods and teaching styles to reach and expand their influence to bring that incremental change both into our own lives and the lives of those we connect with.
Many businesses also look to gain from incremental innovation by building continuous improvement programs and training. It’s a crucial part of change and adaptation that every strong business should have.
The next level of innovation intensity is that involving more radical change. This is needed when larger systems / beliefs change or when a change has a much bigger impact to a person or organization. The radical aspect of this is sometimes seen as shocking or unexpected as well since it requires outside the box thinking and improvements to be put into place. It is much more than simple or continuous incremental changes and it requires a major step change to jump from one way of doing things to another.
Radical innovation is something that is risky and requires some courage to create. It’s far outside any comfort zones and it isn’t something you can hide under the surface whether its a personal innovation or not. Radical innovation will be seen by others and have enough impact on your life that the change will be a significant one.
The final kind of innovation is a revolutionary one. This level of innovation is so large that it causes change well beyond your direct environment or self and causes a wave of change well beyond the circle of direct influence. Revolutionary thinking is of course thinking that encompasses each of the other types but what sets it apart is that it is for an innovation that affects a wide group of people, an entire region or perhaps a whole industry or market. It is such a massive change that once it is in place, its very difficult to go back since the new innovation engrains itself into society and the lives of those within.
Take Creativity Personal
So, I hope this short series on the imaginative mind and creativity sparks you to look at where you allow your creativity to surface in your life but also how far you are willing to take it. We all have creative thoughts and so it’s what you do with them and how you let them work in your mind that will drive change around you and in your life. Don’t settle in and suppress your imagination, instead, embrace it, activate it in your own mind, in your social sphere around you and turn those innovations into action!
Please, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic or any of your own creations or innovations.
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