Four centuries ago, the US marketed 82 percent of the world's entries, but is now behind many other countries behind the new product launches. In addition, the US experienced a 25 percent decline in patent applications (innovations) up to the 1970s. Almost half of US patents are now awarded to foreigners. In short, the decline in creativity and innovation in the United States.
Creative problem solving and effective management in US business life need to be improved.
One way to make managers more effective is to foster the innovation of subordinate employees, their counterparts, and their superiors.
What are your attitudes and behaviors with problem solving, creativity and innovation? Take this short quiz and see it.
For each of the following statements, enter the correctness of their actual behavior or intentions. That is, describe how you work. Use the following scale for your answers.
5 – Almost always true
4 – Often true
3. Not Applicable
2 – Rarely True
1 – Almost True
The Scoring Key Below.
___ 1. I openly discuss with my boss how to move forward.
___ 2. Trying for new ideas and approaches
___ 3. Differences in things or situations to find out how they work.
___ 4. I welcome the uncertainty and unusual circumstances associated with my duties.
___ 5. I pay my salaries publicly
___ 6. It is safe to find new uses for existing methods or equipment.
___ 7. First or first try out a new idea or method
___ 8. Get the opportunity to translate communications from other sections of the workgroup.
___ 9. I show the originality.
___ 10. I'm a problem that caused many people with great difficulties.
___ 11. I Need a Critical Entry for a New Solution
___ 12. I am sure I'm writing a written assessment of the suggested ideas.
___ 13. I'm developing relationships with your experts outside my company.
___ 14. I use personal relationships to maneuver myself into the chosen tasks.
___ 15. I have time to continue my favorite ideas or projects.
___ 16. I have allocated resources to implement a risky project.
___ 17. I protest people who are different from organizational routines.
___ 18. I'm talking at the event.
___ 19. I work with teams to try to solve complex problems.
___ 20. If my colleagues are asked, they say I'm a ghost.
Source: Ettlie, John E. & Keefe, Robert D. Innovative Attitudes, Values and Intentions in Organizations. Journal of Management Studies, 1982.
Creating Problem Solving, Ideas and Driving
One of the critical behaviors of success is Flexible Thinking – Creative Adaptability in Different Contexts. It has new ideas and lots of new ideas. Use them to solve complex problems with multiple solutions. Defining the problem and the results of innovative solutions.
Innovative people are more inclined to think. That is, they use the brain's left and right hemispheres. The left element is a thought that is analytic, sequential, organized, designed, accurate, based on reason and logic. The right hemisphere deals with thinking that is imaginative, playful, emotional, enjoyable, quality judgment based on emotions or intuition.
Practice Testing for Ambivalent Thinking
Look at the following two glossaries. Take a minute to memorize the first list. Then, write words that you can remember on a sheet of paper.
Now repeat the process with the second list.
Most people remember more words on the second list. This is because the second list contains words that are related to visual sensations. They are associated with better brain activity and left brain activity. People can draw or fantasize mental images.
The same is true for innovation as well. The more you use on both sides of the brain, the more innovative ideas are.
"Things do not change what we are doing". – Henry David Thoreau
To figure out how to calculate the innovative active scale score, simply add the numbers to the 20 questions of the answers. Then add the total score to the next standard group. Please note that percentile indicates the percentage of people who are expected to be below.
39 … 5
53 … 16
62 … 33
71 … 50
80 … 68
89 … 86
97 … 95
Source: Developing Management Skills, Second Edition by David A. Whetton and Kim S. Cameron. HarperCollins Publishers.
There's an old saying in business that says "It's controlling from the left, but it leads from the right."
Paradoxically, left hemispheric thinking is generally rewarded. However, the right hemispherical thinking is sometimes moderate, worse, wasting, and sometimes discriminated in business.
Yet, as discussed here, ambidextrous thinking, that is, switching and using the left and right brain brain of the brain requires problem solving, creativity and innovation.
Ironically, by not encouraging innovation ventures, it may be indirectly damaging future leadership.
Therefore, the final point of the discussion is:
What steps can you take (and your organization) to be more effective in this area, starting now?