The Greatest Opportunity

Day 67 Week 10 Q1  Wednesday, March 8, 2023

I assume that helping creative outliers progress toward being sustainable innovators will release a great deal of positive problem-solving energy into the world. The world has always had problems and people who think they know how to solve them. The fact that decision-makers are resistant to new ideas is quite understandable. There is a status quo, and the current decision-makers are in control, and understandably they do not want to relinquish control even when they do not know what to do.

This is one reason why creative outliers have a hard time getting traction. Consider the incredible opportunity when those with insight learn how to deliver it in a more agreeable form to decision-makers. Matching solution ideas with problems can be more difficult than coming up with solutions. Unmatched solutions never get anywhere.

This is why guiding creative outliers on how to communicate their solutions to decision-makers is far more important and likely than attempting to teach them how to develop new solutions, which they already naturally do.

I do not believe that Innovation can be taught because I believe it is an involuntary reflex, like breathing and eating, especially more so for creative outliers. And I know from a hard-learned lifetime of personal experience that when a creative outlier better understands how to communicate with the decision-maker, the world becomes their oyster, and society gains great benefits. Again, it is quite understandable why people are reluctant to change. Change might upset the status quo, which people barely hang onto, making them try to hold onto it even more tightly. This is why there is a great deal more conflict in situations where the participants assume scarcity instead of abundance models.

When decision-makers trust that a creative outlier has something positive to offer them and exhibits the patience and control to provide others the benefit of the doubt, the likelihood of successful communication increases dramatically. If you are a creative outlier living in an ecosystem where you do not have the benefit of the doubt, do not be surprised when your ideas have a hard time getting through. You have two choices. Moved to a new ecosystem that is more likely to listen to you, like an innovation culture, or learn how to be more resilient by investing more energy in learning how to communicate your insights instead of just having them.

This meta-type concept means thinking about the conversation instead of just having it. You cannot assume that a great idea will be easily comprehended or embraced. Until you put yourself in the place of the person you are attempting to communicate with, it is not very likely, that you will be speaking their language. Ask yourself what your listener’s priorities are, not your priorities.

Try to put yourself in their place, understand what they are dealing with, and why what you are suggesting could help or hurt them, and alter your communication to emphasize the former, not the latter.

This is the greatest opportunity!