What is your definition of innovation?
For me innovation is core driver of overcoming limiting beliefs based on the assumption that past experiences somehow dictate how the future will develop. That means innovation is at the source of breakthrough results disconnected from past experiences. The more we challenge our belief system and enhance the way we utilise our intuitive mind the greater the power of innovation. To be truly innovative we have to ongoingly question what we know, how we sourced it and why we assume it to be true otherwise we will not make enough progress to be truly innovative. This process can be quite testing for people to say the least because, and this may sound absurd, the part that stops us from going the step further is always the logical mind.
Moving past a perceived boundary is the fundamental ingredient of innovation whether in the fields of science, arts, technology and even sports. Role models from the science background such as Nikola Tesla or Albert Einstein have been leaders of creating innovative and useful concepts. While they put their logical mind to good use, it was their intuitive mind combined with imagination that made their unique legacy possible. The intuitive mind is seen as a connector to knowledge that is not accessible via our life experiences through our senses and logical analysis. Intuition allows access to a greater information base and imagination in its nature goes past the logic.
And of course, having such a seemingly outrageous approach to science will immediately challenge the rational mind. While the logical mind would limit us, because it will constantly find new reasons why innovative ideas may not work, our imagination doesn’t, it can virtually make anything work. That is where we are often subject to an ongoing internal battle unless we learn how to harness the two sources better. If Albert Einstein would have listened only to his logical mind, he wouldn’t have been able to come up with these mind-blowing ideas; which today are almost mainstream knowledge, but at the time appeared to be quite ridiculous to many.
How does innovation or being innovative influence your day?
In my coaching business I am using innovative ways of thinking all the time. The workshops that I have developed, are typically taught to smaller groups of people in the spiritual or healing arena. I was determined to make them available and suitable to the business domain, since I know the value that this knowledge can bring to the workplace. It is the next level of training for the contemporary world and allows people to tap into more powerful ways of being.
People in general are ready for it and are looking how to gain deeper understanding of how we operate but bringing this level of coaching into the business world hasn’t been done so far. There is still a segregation to what is taught for business and what is actually available for people. I had to come up with innovative ideas to craft these concepts into a business format and at the same time ensure that the essence of these concepts remains. By doing this I can present my clients with unique ways of learning to dramatically improve their results in life. In essence I have tapped into my intuition and sourced innovative ideas and concepts to create successful and stimulating training programs that are designed to address the challenges of today’s business world in a completely new way.
What's the secret to being innovative in any industry?
As mentioned before innovative ideas start where the brain stops. That sounds paradoxical and not logical, but this is exactly how it works. The brain is a really good tool and it will be very helpful in the execution of innovative ideas, but it is not the originator of creative ideas, although it may seem that way. When exploring creative ideas, the logical mind will instantly try to make sense of it and in doing so it stop the creative flow if ideas that derive from imagination or the intuitive mind. Imagination and the intuitive mind are the driver of innovation and in this context outrun the brain. You could compare imagination and intuition with the engine of a production process, while the brain is the builder. While our logical mind is highly useful we unfortunately over-estimate it’s capability in the context of true innovation.
Once a person or organisation understands the impact of the intuitive mind and imagination as the essential ingredient to innovation, they already have tapped into the secret. If they allow some time during working hours for their staff to tap into the imaginative and intuitive mind, without the immediate pressure of producing a desired result they are giving themselves a head start. It is not an easy thing to do because companies need to be productive to stay competitive. And just thought of giving creativity some leeway makes them feel uncomfortable, which is understandable. There