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Jolt #1 - Embrace innovation as a verb, not a noun

Jolt #1 - Embrace innovation as a verb, not a noun

Welcome to our 3-Minute Conscious Innovator™ process!

Are you ready for a new, insight-provoking “Jolt” … something designed to “rearrange your molecules” as it elicits your unique, innovative potential in life and work?

Jolts wake us up. They spur new self-awareness, new capabilities and values, and new actions. Paradoxically, we don’t learn from each Jolt – rather, each Jolt “learns us”! That is, a Jolt sits in the background of our consciousness and then prompts new insights and energy over time. 

Jolt #1: Embrace innovation as a verb, not a noun

Defining innovation as a noun makes it static, as if it were only “this” or “that.” It creates a shallow understanding in which only a select few get to innovate, and even fewer get credit for innovating.

Embracing innovation as a verb makes it dynamic, continually in process, always evolving, interconnected and fluid. Charlie Hill, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Design, says it well: "Everything is a prototype... that can always be improved!"

Being innovative, thinking innovatively, and acting innovatively all describe the ways in which every person can play in this ever-evolving, dynamic flow of innovating - not just a select few. While innovation as a noun can be a signpost to lead your way, innovation as a verb provides the energy, enthusiasm and authentic action to get you there.

In those awe-inspiring moments when you let go of the burden of defining and defending a fixed definition of innovation, you expand to a more alive, deeper and wiser place. From that place, everyone can participate in the process, whether or not they participate in the end product.

-=-=-=- Now it's your turn -=-=-=-

Being a conscious innovator has a 3 phase cyclical process: become aware, capable, and versatile. Try on this Jolt in your life and work, then take 1 minute each to engage in the process:

  1. Become aware – What is 1 new awareness you have about yourself, others and your situation?
  2. Identify your capability – What is 1 personal value and 1 strength you can draw from and put into practice?
  3. Take versatile action – What is 1 action you can take to apply your awareness and capability in ways you have not thought of before?

-=-=-=- An invitation to join our process and share your insights -=-=-=-

If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to join our process and share your own experiences, while learning from the experiences of others! We appreciate what one person said about the Jolt process itself:

Innovation is a world by itself. It can change lives and help people become more positive. Doing a Jolt is already something! A new habit that promotes innovation and reflection.

It’s totally FREE to participate. To sign up and join us, go to this link and follow the easy directions: https://innovate.vci.global/p/the-3-minute-conscious-innovator

Even if you haven’t participated up to this point, it’s never too late to start the process! It’s like a concise gym workout that provides an insightful “pause that refreshes” and evokes your unique, innovative potential in life and work.

 

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