“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
As a leader, have you ever tried to solve the same problem the same exact way over and over again?
In hindsight it might seem insane, however, in the moment the plan was set forth with great intentions and a level head. So where is the disconnect? How can we make sure that when we come back to the drawing board we don’t keep doing the same thing we did before?
Below are 3 proactive tips to help innovate with intention for your own sanity.
Tip #1: Mix It Up
In the Fierce Team model, we focus on seeking out different, competing perspectives from team members. This skill set can be incredibly useful when problem solving. In order to make sure, as a leader, you keep your wits about you, if your first attempt fails, invite a fresh set of eyes to the table to help create another solution. Want to get even more creative? Choose a perspective you feel would really push your comfort zone. The point of view might save you time and money.
Tip #2: Check for Understanding
Have you ever overheard a conversation and noticed how common it is for all of us to speak in generalities? The devil is in the details and those are often overlooked. If you want to make sure you don’t repeat your efforts and solve a problem the exact same way, check that you are hearing those around you correctly and that everyone is on the same page.
Tip #3: Let People Know Where They Stand
When delegating responsibilities on a project, don’t make assumptions that your team understands what responsibilities they own and have the authority to move on. There should be clarity about what decisions they need to check in with you about. Make it clear upfront. This allows your team the flexibility to innovate and think outside the box.