“Having an idea is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci –
to survive you must evolve and adapt.
As the world faces an unprecedented challenge unlike any we’ve experienced before, the trajectory of entire governments, economies and businesses is shifting.
The landscape has changed. Our life has changed, our needs have evolved and our way to work, interact and do business has completely changed. We are in ‘crisis’.
but crisis means change, and change means evolution.
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– Sir Alex Ferguson –
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think innovatively exercise.
Welcome to Axis Partners Think Differently exercise.
At Axis Partners, we believe that an obstacle is an opportunity for us to act and innovate by changing the perspective of things.
Please follow the instructions carefully to start Thinking Innovatively.
setting a proper environment
- Find a quiet place where you will have no distractions for a period of at least 5 minutes.
- Click on this link to access Think Different Playlist. We have selected different nature sounds that will help your brain to immerse in our experience. For a better mind space, please use your headphones.
- Take a look at the Axis Partners Weekly Cards.
- Take the blank paper and pencil or a blank digital canvas (PowerPoint, Miro… anything that works for you) and get ready to Think Differently.
define the idea
- You may have a general notion of the ideas you wish to implement. Select one. Note: An idea can be anything that you want to change (or a challenge to resolve) for the better. i.e., the problem: our customers are having an issue when shopping online on your website. Your idea: to create a new platform that provides a seamless experience.
- It is important that with your selection you define the idea and write it down. Add a description that outlines why you want to bring that idea to reality, what are the benefits it would bring. I.e., a process will be faster, a service that will be easier to use, a customer that will be happier, etc.
- Read the description over to ensure that you have properly defined the idea and understand what exactly you are trying to solve.
define the constraints
- Analyze the idea and make a list of potential blockers or constraints that could stop you on resolving the issue.
- Imagine your constraints as lines that create a box, and you can only work inside that box. What are those constraints? Take the time to think about all of them and note them down.
- Organize those constraints or blockers from the most complex to the easiest to resolve. i.e., no budget available, no team available, timeline can be too long, …
- Select your first constraint and think of all the possible ways to solve it. i.e., how can I create a website with minimal required resources… think creatively.
- Think about the possible solutions to that constraint and list it down.
- Now take those solutions again and optimize each of them: think of more efficient ways to deliver the same solution.
- Think of the resources you already have in hand – list them down one by one- and think how you can apply them to the solution.
- Keys to inspiration:
- Believe in your ability to find multiple solution to each constraint. Think creatively.
- All ideas are welcomed, and all ideas are possible.
- Remember, as Albert Einstein once said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we use when we create them.”
- Analyze the list of solutions and resources – are you really tackling and resolving the challenge?
- At this stage, you can ask yourself some creative problem-solving questions to determine the positive and negative aspects of each proposed solution.
- Will each solution resolve the issue without creating new problems?
- Does the solution fit within the confines of your organization’s culture, processes, etc.?
- What is the impact of your solution to the customers, to the employees? Is that impact positive?
happy with the outcome?
- Plant your Axis Partners “Think Differently Card” in fresh soil and in a plant pot, let your ideas and solutions grow.
- Now repeat the process as many times as you need based on the list of challenges you have listed down.
“You set your own limits. Don’t settle.”
– Renata Liuzzi –
Start the day fresh.
Think short term and win a battle. Think long term and win a war.
Great innovation leaders are curious. We are all born with curiosity, we just forget to question more.
Aim low and you will get a mediocre accomplishment. Aim high and you will create something extraordinary.
Our perceptions determine what we are capable of. Believe more in the goal than in the obstacle, and you will become unstoppable.
Each challenge you overcome, makes you stronger for the next one. Th extent of the struggle determines the growth.
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the journey to make innovation your second nature.
what is innovation?
- Elements of Innovation
- Structured innovation and creative ideas
debunking myths about innovation
- debunking myths about innovation.
what stops innovation
- what stops innovation
every challenge is an opportunity
- How to think differently
- Finding the opportunity in each obstacle
- Prepare to act
innovation enablers or blockers
- Combat organizational inertia
- Create an environment where innovation is second nature
a structured way to work on innovative projects
- The Axis Partners Nature Framework
- Feasibility check
- Challenges and Solutions
- Leadership style
innovating with limited resources
- Innovation inside and outside the box
- The closed world innovation
- Limited Resources and Creativity
- Constraints that drive innovation
- “The obstacle is the way” learnings
successful business pivoting
- Learn from real case studies how business rapidly changed direction during the pandemic.
is the challenge too big?
- Tips on how to make that challenge a reality.
the business base
- Communicating the idea
- Tips on calculating ROI
- Risk vs Expected return Matrix
- Cost vs Impact
managing the risks
- Risk planning
- Risk Management, management for innovation
- Create an innovation culture – bring everyone on board
- Building a Project Management Office
- Kanban Methodology – how to use it