If you fire off ad hoc answers, hate timetables and resent authority you are a potential winner according to research on potential innovative thinkers by Dr Fiona Patterson, an occupational psychologist at Nottingham University.
Many organizations say they want innovative thinkers but few it seems have a clear idea of what innovation is , let alone who has it. The good news is that innovation can crop up in unexpected places the bad news is that innovation is present or that it is not.
|Think outside the box|
The four attributes of innovative people are:
1 A positive attitude to change.
2 Willingness to behave in a challenging way.
3 Ability to think radically.
4 And an efficient working style
Those who thrive on change, seem independent, and are able to conjure up the strangest ways to solve problems and the ones who don't stick to what they are told to do are the ones to watch! These are the change agents.
Organizations might want to recruit innovative thinkers but do they really want non conformists on board? The risk of not having them it seems is greater. If companies don't innovate they die - just look at the gaps in any main street! And,
almost by definition, you have to be difficult in order to innovate because it is about challenging the status quo.
And the trouble is, such people are often seen as troublemakers.
Doesn't seem that schools are such an environment; too many mavericks leave school as soon as they can!
Be great though if schools were centres of creativity and talent development.
Such schools would seem the right model for new 'post industrial' age; for an age requiring ideas and imagination to solve current and emerging problems
|Hmmmmmm........ Don't think so!|