January 12, 2009

Innovative thinking

This weekend, the New York Times ran a commentary on the bankruptcy of Waterford Wedgewood. Once known for it's innovative thinking around design and selling, Wedgwood is fast becoming a dinosaur.

I was surprised to discover that Josiah Wedgwood pioneered direct mail, money back guarantees, self-service, among many other ground-breaking practices.

The Wedgwood lesson is something we should all take to heart. Now, more than ever, we need to engage in critical thinking from the future we want to create. Lessons from the past are important for learning but we need to move on and up from there.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect - not just because it’s the start of a new year, but current global circumstances demand we be smarter than ever.

Given that our company is all about helping people and businesses develop peak performance thinking and practices, we ensure we “walk our talk”. Some of the questions we engage in to keep ourselves on our toes include:

What’s at the source of our current results? (win or lose, we need to know why)
What do we really want to cause? (if our heart’s not in the game, we can’t possibly win)
What’s missing that would make the most difference? (we look to the gap)
What are the easy wins that build momentum now? (the best way out of the doldrums is movement and wins)

It’s what’s enabled us to continually grow, build on our successes and expand our competencies and capacities. We do this in business, with our health and well-being, our families and relationships, finances, etc.

What difference would it make to you, your business and your family to spend 30 minutes engaging in these questions on an ongoing basis?

Try it on for a month or two. It’s an addiction worth keeping.

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