Finding your thinking draw
During the presentations at the last Practical Innovation event in April and during the discussion afterwards, the question “When do you stop trying and decide to give up on a business?” came up. To my surprise, no one in the audience supported ‘giving up’ as an option.
Listening to presentations by Frank and Anand, and previously to Stuart, it was clear that there are many ways in which you can survive a business crisis, a rejection or the possibility of not having any money left to continue. As a result, innovations that result in 2nd or 3rd generation product enhancements can occur as a necessity for survival. Often, the most creative people succeed when the more feint hearted might just ‘pack it in.’
Has that happened to you?
In my own case, the only time I consider “giving up” is when it comes to writing a report, presentations, or plans. When I get to the stage that I feel “I really cannot get this right”, I have a process that I follow to deal with the problem.
I print the draft, write over it and make as many amendments as possible. My page is full of lots of red crosses. Then I alter it on the computer and print it again. After I do this twice, if I still cannot get it right, I put the draft into a draw which I call the “thinking draw” (I literarily put the hard copy in a draw).
After a few days I take the draft out and read it again. I am able to see grammatical errors, missing content and find the key message easily. It works 10 out of 10 times, my mind is not saturated with anxiety or pressured, I can think clearly and quicker.
When you are working on a document the risks are significantly less than those of managing a business. It took me years to realise that I did not have to give up on my writing. Instead, I could put my creation away in a draw and allow myself a few days to detach from it. Driving innovation in business might benefit from the same approach.
You should never “give up”, but you might have to step away for a while to gain some perspective from the detachment. It works for me!
Posted by Placi O'Neill-Espejo on May 21, 2012 | Comments Off