10 Ways to Enhance your (IQ) “Innovation Quotient”


The word “innovate” comes from the Latin word innovates, which is the noun form of innovare “to renew or change,” stemming from in—”into” + novus—”new”.

So innovation is based on looking at things in a new way but to deliver something that adds value, this could be a product, a process, an application or a business approach. By definition ‘Innovation’ is a creative process, it requires thought to be freed from the trammels of operational day to day pressure so it is not something that can be performed on demand at a specific time. Often innovative ideas come at the strangest times, on a train, in the shower or driving.

The Blue Lightbulb Moment

10 Ways to Enhance your (IQ) “Innovation Quotient”

  1. Think about the innovative ideas you have had over the years, this could be at work or at home in the workshop, remember how that felt – ‘the eureka moment’
  2. How many times did you have a great idea and a few months later you saw a product or a service based on it? It wasn’t stolen but its the difference between ‘acting’ and ‘not acting’
  3. The more innovative we are, the more innovative we become – like a muscle, exercising your creative/innovative side makes ideas come more often
  4. When you have an idea write it down and capture the salients, do a quick mind-map and revisit it a day later to breath life into the idea, transitory ideas often just drift away
  5. Test your idea with other people, bounce it off them and see what they think but do Point 4 first otherwise you risk them blowing it away or plagiarising it
  6. Evaluate the benefits, create a mini business case, to get people to buy into your idea they will need to see the pay-back
  7. Make it visually appealing and compelling, would Apple products be the success that they are without Steve Jobs’ obsessive attention to the casing (even the internals)
  8. Often innovative ideas just intuitively feel right, trust your intuition – how often has it been wrong?
  9. Remember its good for business – especially in the current climate. Innovation is the father of entrepreneurship – all business growth has a new idea at its foundation.
  10. Be fearless and tenacious, as I said in Point 2 you need to follow up with energy, enthusiasm and action – go make it happen!

6 Great Quotes on “Innovation”

  • “Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity” – Michael Porter
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
  • “Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • “Innovation is creativity with a job to do” – John Emmerling
  • “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it” Albert. Einstein
  • “He who asks a question is a fool for 5 minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool for ever.” – Chinese Proverb

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