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The Art and Science of Innovative Thinking



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This Blog on creativity and innovation is taken from Lewis Harrison’s Peak Performance and Life Coach Training.


Peak Performance Rule #312 – Known as Peter’s Rule of the Inevitable . it states that “in time, every position of responsibility tends to be occupied by an individual who is incompetent to carry out its duties. Do not be fooled by apparent exceptions.


 Q. What is the difference between innovative and creative thinking?

A. Innovation is the implementation of creative ideas.

Some individuals take their creative sparks to the next step. Here they may apply these sparks and birth new ideas, or build new forms, devices, methods and concepts from them. This we call innovation, for lack of a more definitive word. Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing social or business needs.  Such innovation takes place through the creation of more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models. Today we usually learn about these innovations through social networking, as consumers, and through the influence of Regenerating Thought Process (RTPs).

At its very core, it is both a process and an outcome. An innovation is something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new. These processes and outcomes can appear in many forms. Some innovation slowly evolves and become part of the fabric of society. Other innovations, often because of advances of technology, and the availability of massive amounts of data (Big Data*) are considered disrupters as they break into society. Examples of these disruptive innovations would include smart devices like personal computers, tablets, and cell phone, eBay, Paypal, Amazon, Uber, etc.

Innovation is related to, but not the same as, invention, as innovation is more apt to involve the practical implementation of an invention, (i.e. new/improved ability) to make a meaningful impact in the market or society, and not all innovations require an invention. Innovation often manifests itself via the engineering process, when a constraint* that is being addressed or a problem being solved is of a technical, physical, or scientific nature.

As I have already stated, the very term innovation is not easy to define. While a novel device may be described as an innovation; in economics, the rationally-based study of management (management science*,) and in other fields of practice and analysis, innovation is generally considered to be the result of a process that brings together various novel ideas in such a way that they affect society. As an automatic mental response to human interaction, innovations often arise, are created, or found experientially to meet growing demand.



Though innovation often includes original invention, it often includes creative use of old ideas in new ways. Innovation usually involves 3 steps.

  1. The creative process
  2. The realization that a specific and new idea is taking form
  3. The form realized, as products, services and processes


Though creativity and innovation are closely tied creativity always precedes innovation. Where creativity is concerned with thought, word, and behavioral processes applied when attempting to generate novel ideas, innovation is concerned with the implementation of new ideas. Specifically, innovation involves some combination of constraints problems, and opportunity identification; the introduction, adoption or modification of new ideas as they are applied to a groups, or organizational needs; and the promotion and the practical implementation of these ideas.

In the domain of human potential, innovation can become a catalyst for personal growth. In collaborative environments, innovation may be linked to positive changes in EEPPSA and quality. In fact, innovative thinking is magnified in collaborative environments. However, recent research findings highlight the complementary role of organizational culture in enabling collaborative processes to translate innovative activity into tangible performance improvements. Organizations can also improve profits and performance by providing work groups opportunities and resources to innovate, in addition to employee’s core job tasks. This is one of the sources of the great advances made at Bell Labs, which I discuss throughout the TTLH (Teachings of  Lewis Harrison – found in my list of books).



One of the challenges for creative thinkers in any group is that innovation often has a disruptive effect on familiar habits and patterns.  Most defined groups require a proper structure in order to retain EEPPSA.  Still, since the external environment is dynamic and in flux, it is necessary to create and nurture an environment of innovation to maintain stability. This requires that leaders and influencers need to break away from traditional ways of thinking and use change to their advantage. In a time of uncertainty doing so takes us beyond risk and opens the door to even greater opportunity.  Our work is changing with the increase in the use of technology. Because of this both companies, and individuals are becoming increasingly competitive, and also more collaborative than ever. It is collaboration that gives us the environment for the feedback we need to get to the next level of EEPPSA (Effectiveness, efficiency, precision, productivity, and self-awareness.




In our coaching school and program it is thinking creatively and innovatively that is most important for collaboration and synergy. This way of thinking opens the mind to new ways of thinking. Learn more about coaching with Lewis Harrison at http://realuguru.com/mentoring/wealth-success-mentoring/


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