Got Problems? We all do.
Business leaders today need results, profit and answers. Perhaps you’re trying to reduce turnover, engage employees, or increase productivity. It can be frustrating to constantly deal with complicated questions, persistent problems, and new problems that arise frequently. Sales people from every angle offer solutions to these problems, but what they have been suggesting, hasn’t been working.
I’m a firm believer that an Innovative mindset is critical to overcoming those obstacles. Over the next several weeks we’re going to be talking through the framework for exercising your innovative mindset. This type of approach to problems is what helps me balance work, kids, school, and home life. The first thing I was taught in survival training was to keep a positive mental attitude. It is necessary, and I believe the first step, for and innovative mindset too. This doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time, just fixed on positive momentum.
In the Air Force I used to lead physical training events. The logistics squadron I was a part of was one of the largest on the base. My commander wanted a way for most of us to exercise together. If you’ve ever led a group training, perhaps you can imagine the challenge of leading a workout for 300+ people for an hour. Instead of telling him it couldn’t be done, I started thinking. I needed to plan. I didn’t realize it then, but I needed to exercise too… my innovative mindset. Listen later for More on how this story plays out.
If you are going to follow along, I’d like you to take a few minutes to define your problem, obstacle, or challenge. Even if you don’t have a clear description, a general dissatisfaction or negative feeling will be a good place to start, working out. Some things to think about might be employee engagement, strategic planning, or community outreach. Perhaps there is a particular manager or person you don’t get along with. Whatever issue comes to mind, we’ll work through it together as we move through this Innovative Mindset Challenge.