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Be adaptable

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The 16 Habits of Highly Innovative People

So far, we have discussed the importance of being steadfast and confident in your vision of how the world could be. You need to bring that enthusiasm and confidence to how you plan to influence and change the world through new ideas and products.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, you must also live somewhat paradoxically. You need to be willing to pivot and change directions at a moment’s notice, too. Being agile and adaptable can make your innovation projects more successful overall since you can respond to new trends or issues that you identify in your prototypes.

To be a confident innovator, you need to cling to your ideas but also be prepared to ditch them if you have a valid business case to move on to something else.

Sound difficult? It is. But the easiest way to regularly build this way of thinking into your everyday existence is with one simple tip: just keep moving. Never give up your vision for an improved world and never look back. Even in failure, you can learn something, so just keep moving!

  • We like to joke with our partners that you need a strong chin in the innovation world since you’ll be taking plenty of punches along the way. With Innovolo’s systematised creativity platform, you tap into a unique learning opportunity that allows you to endlessly experiment. How? By shifting a mindset to accepting your failures and learning from your mistakes. By being a continuous learner, you expose yourself to new opportunities, something that research suggests increases your creativity. By making new experiences part of your norm, you can learn to be more adaptable to new scenarios.

Just like innovation, chameleons live a paradoxical life. In the wild, these creatures are constantly looking for food and ways to escape from their predators. This means they need to be quick and change colours in order to blend into the environment or find darker areas if they feel threatened. At times, they can even appear inactive as they wait for prey or face a threat.

The innovation world is much the same – you need to find creative solutions, pivot when necessary, and always keep moving forward. Being innovative just like being a chameleon requires an ability to adapt quickly!  Understanding innovation and the chameleon can help you come up with new ideas for how to tackle your innovation projects. However, innovation is more than just coming up with the science-fiction ideas of tomorrow – it’s about identifying real value in today’s marketplaces. Innovators are constantly looking ahead but also paying attention to what others are doing right now.

As innovation projects progress, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of innovation and forget about what your end goal is – except that’s it’s not at all exciting to create something that doesn’t matter and isn’t valuable to people! It’s important to keep talking about value and how you can influence change with your innovation projects.

For example, innovation might be about developing new technology and products, but it’s also about marketing them to the right people.  That’s why innovation is so much more complex than a singular activity – it requires regular communication, testing, and publicity to share your vision with the world.

This means innovation projects need constant attention. Consider how these creatures change colours when they want to move around or blend into their environment: innovation projects must remain visible and adaptable in order to be successful. Just like innovation, chameleons also move into new environments and sometimes eat or kill their prey to survive. These creatures are constantly adapting as they create new opportunities for themselves.

Now that you’re on the road of innovation, go out there and continue your journey! You’ve just started thinking about innovation in a different way – now it’s time to use that new perspective to take innovation projects to the next level. Never stop learning and never stop innovating!

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