To ignite you innovation, seek people different from you.Frans Johansson writes in “The Medici Effect” (page 82):
“… if you wish to generate intersectional ideas, you should seek environments where you will work with people who are different from you. Put another way: A sure path to inhibit your own creativity is to seek out environments where people are just like you”.
This is very true about corporate organisations (or, in fact, any enterprise). However, this is very true also to You Inc. Your own innovation capabilities. Your own career. Your own career progression. Or even, your own start-up.
In a sense, you will never come up with new ideas (and even less, breakthrough ideas) if your life environment is filled with people that think just like you, that like what you like, that… and the list goes on.
During the last 4 weeks, how many people did you meet:
- From a different professional background?
- From a different cultural background?
- From a different country?
- With a different religious belief?
- With different passions?
We like being with people just like us. It’s our comfort zone.
Get out, gain diversity of contacts to propel the innovation that will enable your life-long progress.