5 Ways That You Can Be An Innovation Genius

Did you know great innovators formulate new ideas by making connections between observations, experiences, facts, history and feelings that on the surface do not seem related — but are — to uncover fresh, brilliant insights? You can do the same.

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  1. Ask unexpected questions. How you frame a question is often the biggest path to new ideas. Jay Walker, the creator of Priceline.com, could have created another aggregator traveler site that offers the best prices and schedules. Instead he turned the tables. He asked hotels and airlines what they might accept. Consumers are now in a position to set prices, and as a result he opened a whole new way of doing business.
  2. Look what can play into people’s existing behavior. Many innovators make the mistake of thinking a new product must change people’s behavior. That’s hard to do. It is much easier to look at their habits and just create a new fit. Returning from a family vacation and lugging baggage around the airport, Bernard Sadow saw a customs agent effortlessly roll a heavy machine with the help of a skid with wheels. A little jerry rigging and the first wheeled luggage was born.
  3. Sleep on it. Sleep not only provides rest and restoration but it is essential to our ability to create and innovate. Research shows that your brain is very active when you sleep and information transfers from one part of the brain to another, so that new associations and connections can be made more freely without being from some sort of experience in your life.
  4. Think that you are a genius. Attitude and belief in your own abilities makes you more curious and open-minded and more willing to take professional and intellectual risks. The more you believe you can stretch yourself, the more you will think of your capacity to be smarter and you may just be so.

Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker. Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination.