Clarity from Chaos Podcast
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As host, Dave interviews authors and leaders in their chosen fields, discussing how the guest and their expertise have approached problems and developed innovative solutions to today’s issues. Whether the problems are internal or external, financial or philosophical, Dave and his guests talk about what it takes to establish, or re-establish, the core strengths of the individual/entrepreneur.
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Three Practical Ways to Turn Naysayers into Innovators by Ed Harrington Finding new product ideas and innovations to excite customers requires colossal creative effort and a certain comfort level with risk-taking. The considerable effort to take a product from idea to development to launch is both time and energy intensive. If it also demands dealing with naysayers at the table who poke holes in every idea expressed along the way, valuable momentum is lost. It's important to acknowledge that we all have an inherent bias against venturing into unknown territory. We're descendants of risk adverse ancestors whose self-preservation instincts served them well in a time when potential danger lurked behind every boulder or bush. But in today's world where innovation rules the day, our survival necessitates overcoming these ingrained behavioral biases that hinder new ideas and stifle creative solutions. Take for example Negativity Bias: We're conditioned to allow negative impressions to form more quickly than positive ones. A seminal study has proven that, in our minds, bad is stronger than good -- negative information, experiences, and even negative people have a stronger effect on us than positive ones. When Negativity Bias joins us at the table, it can stymie even the most adept thinking -- like trying to run with lead shoes. Negativity Bias often keeps us from voicing creative ideas for fear of being thought foolish, impractical, or just plain odd. Yet, early in the innovation process, ideas should be golden nuggets that expand our thinking and promote discovery. When we err on the side of caution and believe that early-stage ideas need to be fully formed and complete, we automatically lapse into judgment mode instead of discovery mode. To preempt this natural tendency, each member of the group needs to set out in the spirit of contributing half-baked, even impractical ideas, just to see where they might lead. To get past our individual and collective Negativity Bias when the goal is to create something new, turn to these three useful practices: Consciously change from "Yes, but…" to "Yes, and…" language.Groups effectively kill innovative ideas with "Yes, but…" comments. Purposely using "Yes, and…" emphasizes what people are in favor of, and invites broader part