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Innovation Is Dead– Ingenuity is Mother of Invention: Doing More with Less– Ingenuity Drives Creativity…

Innovation is dead; killed off by– overuse, misuse, narrowness, incrementalism, failure to evolve… According to phil mckinney; focus on ‘ingenuity’ it’s the key component that enables innovation… Ingenuity is the power of creative imagination; the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness. Ingenuity is the key ingredient and the spark that creates innovation…

According to Norman Heatley; pursuit of innovation demands ingenuity– the ability to come up with solutions that are original and clever, within the given constraints. As technology and markets converge, the gap between what’s possible and what’s practical gets smaller… Human ingenuity enables a company to jump that gap before its competitors do…

Ingenuity drives innovation– today’s challenge is  creating more value using fewer resources; it requires real ingenuity and it’s happening all over the world… the ‘more for more’ business model is running out of steam…

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Accoding to Navi Radjou; businesses must tap into the most abundant cheap resource: human ingenuity… In India they call it ‘jugaad’, a Hindi word meaning an innovative fix or improvised solution using ingenuity and resourcefulness. Jugaad solutions are not sophisticated or perfect, but they create value at lower cost… They cleverly transform adversity into opportunity and turn something of less value into something of high value. In other words, they master the art of doing ‘more with less’…

A similar approach is called ‘gambiarra’ in Brazil, ‘zizhu chuangxin’ in China… it’s MacGyver-ism, TV show in 1980s, where the character ‘MacGyver’ had uncanny ability, with just most basic resources to produce ingenious answers to almost any challenge… his name is synonymous with creative ingenuity…

In the article Ingenuity: Pathway to Innovation by Matthew May writes: Ingenuity is equal parts creativity (something original), application (something built), and value (something useful)…. Why ingenuity? Because creativity as a concept scares the average big company denizen, for two reasons:

First, because conventional wisdom treats it as special quality, a mystical talent, selectively reserved for ‘le artistewho waits for a kiss of the muse to inspire a masterpiece. Which, of course, is nonsense but certainly convenient; by thinking of creativity as natural gift you can relieve accountability for ingenuity, and excuse failure to innovate all in a single stroke…

Second, because creativity seems somehow ‘soft’ and unrelated to the hard-edged tactics thought to be needed to succeed on the business battlefield… Every year, work gets more complex. Business gets more competitive. Jobs get more specialized. Careers get less stable. Goals get more challenging. Budgets shrink. Deadlines tighten. And all the while, the pace of change just keeps accelerating…

How are you going to deal with all that? You’ve got more to do and less to do it with. You have no choice other than to get more creative, more resourceful… You have to build, ship something, and that something needs to deliver value to someone somewhere, or you’ll quickly find yourself irrelevant… Ingenuity is closer to that kind of applied creativity…

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In the article The Leader’s New Chisel by Craig Perrin writes: Innovate or die– is no longer a cliché… It describes the real choice many organizations face in the current economy– rethink  everything from strategy to products to daily operation or risk oblivion.  Ingenuity, has taken on new meaning and new urgency. Today, offering and executing good ideas is not enough. Leaders must create a culture in which innovation can thrive.

To respond to new threats and opportunities, leaders must question everything… Innovation at one time was a little-used skill at the bottom of a leader’s tool box, and fished-out for incremental improvements here or there. Today, leaders need sharp new tools and requisite skills to create true culture of ingenuity: curious, challenging, collaborative, confidence, team building, customer relevant… Leaders strong in the zone of ‘ingenuity’ must help their teams to create a motivating shared-vision of future success…

In the article Ingenuity: Super Skill by Dorothy H. Bray writes: Ingenuity is the skill of working out how to achieve things or invent new things or ideas… Ingenuity is unique as a pluralistic skill; it’s a blended skill, built on fusion of– aptitude, capability, proficiency, ability… It’s super-skill; deriving its energy from shared-communication, creativity, cognitive problem solving… its inventive skills; imaginative and clever new ideas, and interdisciplinary… 

Synonyms for ingenuity include;  inventiveness, resourcefulness, shrewdness it’s a cooperative process resulting in the production of ideas that solves real problems… Recent research suggests that creativity is not simply a product of personality or individual psychology, but rather rooted in teachable competences that includes; idea generation, improvisation, metaphorical and analogical reasoning, divergent thinking that explores many possible solutions, counter-factual reasoning, synthesis of competing solutions…

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In the article Ingenuity by Jordan Ritter writes: When you talk about something that’s ingenious, there’s a confluence of three factors; challenge, idea, pursuit of solution… Today in technology, most people are substituting the word ‘innovation’ for ‘ingenuity’, and that this is getting in the way of real experimentalism and true breakthroughs… Part of the problem is that the word ‘innovation’ has been co-opted in a marketing context; people are exposed to an explosion of information, there’s a cascade of ‘cutting-edge’ or ‘leading-edge’ solutions that are characterized as ‘innovations’… when in fact they are an exercise of ingenuity…

Call it tinkering. Or testing. Or tweaking… Whatever you call it, it’s the enemy of the status quo, of complacency, of the ordinary… Want to work like an artist? Then new and different is the creed, because for an artist– ‘as is’; just isn’t acceptable… So it’s not enough to be technically proficient at something; sure, to be a true master at anything, one must first gain command of ‘old school’ methods, but competence and workmanship is just the ante to the game…

According to Matthew May; ingenuity is about new, better, different… and it’s a marvel when some people not only perform the basics to near perfection, but then actually change the game and achieve hero status… it’s the application of imagination and ingenuity. It’s constant exploration and leveraging different ideas, methods… it’s a creative mind-shift…

According to Kelvin Odoobo; to achieve ingenious results you must be unattached to ‘having’ the right answer and instead, being attached to ‘finding’ the right answer… it’s experimentalism… and bias towards action, ability to move and change, willingness to be versatile in action and agile in thought… The people who have the greatest potential for ingenuity are those who have the greatest capacity for– fearlessness, critical thinking, adventurously learning new things…

According to Manish Jha; often would-be innovators  stand on the shoulders of many successful giants of innovations who came before  them–to learn, to be inspired, to mimic… which is all good, but sometimes in this process the would-be innovators lose their originality and ingenuity and end-up accomplishing less…

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Is there a better way, different way? Exploration always starts with a ‘question’… And the ‘right question’ is far more important than the ‘right answer’. According to Milan Kundera;  people’s stupidity comes when they have an ‘answer’ for everything, whereas people’s wisdom comes when they have a ‘question’ for everything…

The problem is that most people forget how to ask ‘questions’… In vast majority of– universities, institutions, organizations… they breed too much conformity of thought and not enough curiosity… They often are adamant about what is know and believe to be true; they limit themselves only to options that are– right in front of them, and fail to consider what’s truly possible…

Remember this fact; everything that is ‘known’, in today’s world, was at one time– unknown, unimagined, undiscovered… so it’s important that each person, as major part of their daily work, make a serious effort to– discovery, uncover, create… something that is currently unknown in the organization, something that improves state of– technology, or customers, or workers…

Ask ‘questions’ and offer ‘creative’ solutions; ingenuity is all about asking the ‘right’ questions. Hence you too, by asking the ‘right’ questions, at the right ‘time’, at the ‘right’ place… and offering ‘creative’ solutions can become another MacGyver…