Innovator’s behaviors

 

For simplicity sake, I started this outline thinking that just framing 3-5 leading behaviors would do the job to being with. But, interestingly enough, late last night I ended up listing 10 concepts as part of this first version of my model, which I will further develop in subsequent writings.

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Vision – outlines far-reaching and game-changing insights; defines new value shaping future opportunities; clarity gives the project a purpose and a given sense of direction.

Motivation – envisions rewards and provides the inner drive coupled with the force to get the project off the ground.

Habit – consistent practice; endurance gives our habits staying power and momentum without involving further thoughts and decisions.

Discipline – it takes willpower to make progress in the face of setbacks, occasional negative self-talk and emotional rollercoasters.

Passion – focuses on compelling convictions framing positive outlooks; a believe system injecting enthusiasm and the kind of intensity that is needed in defining moments.

Creativeness – leverages analytical skills that connect dots unveiling new unconventional solutions; some entail simplicity while other yield elegant sophistication.

Resourcefulness – helps assemble what’s needed to get the job done; specially in crunch time, under pressure and when operating under hardship.

Collaboration – all individuals should feel and be empowered to make a difference, while understanding that it often takes teamwork and partnerships to make things happen.

Agility – this is about staying nimble all the way while setting the pace, striking trade-offs, course correcting, adapting and morphing as needed.

Entrepreneurship – risk taking spirit behind exploring and venturing on new journeys, often going well beyond one’s comfort zone in the mix of uncertainty.


While these 10 terms are set in some logical order, the fact is that innovating is a dynamic endeavor, one that can be highly volatile. The implication is that different stages and situations require different mixes and dosages of these attributes. What makes us smarter is (1) our ability to figure out what actually applies best in a given context as well as (2) engaging in a continuous improvement mindset.

If interested in the this topic, chances are you might already be thinking of stuff that seems to be missing. There are more key items that matter such as leadership. As an example, this topic can be addressed in terms of resourcefulness and collaboration just to begin with. This type of frameworks are reference models designed to structure the start of a meaningful discussion. That leaves you in charge of what the actual thought process and conversation should be about, and how deep one must think thru and go into any given subject.

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