As coaches, it’s beholden on us to bring that creative spirit into our sessions. How do we do this?
What’s the Goal?
Extraordinary coaching and extraordinary results are within us. There are strategies for thinking within the lines; strategies for thinking outside the lines; and strategies for inventing the lines and getting rid of them.
Our clients want to experience something extraordinary. They want ‘things’ to change, and don’t always connect that the change must come from within them.
It’s the same with coaches. We want something extraordinary to happen. We want ‘things’ to change. We don’t always connect that the change must come from within us.
So the goal, then, is not to get better results, but become more creative and innovative and resourceful about how they can be achieved. It becomes a journey within us of developing our insights, our perception, and our interpretation of the world around us, to come up with new and previously unconsidered choices.
How Do You Become Innovative?
I get asked this question all the time. I don’t love the question, but I do love it when people love exploring the answer.
The moment the question is asked, innovation is lost. The question itself is the problem. It implies that there is an answer to this question that will work. There is an answer. In this moment. And in this moment. And in this moment.
Each moment has a new answer. Creativity and innovation is not a destination. It’s a journey. It’s an unfolding.
And already some people are moving onto other articles, because this is non-specific and ambiguous and everything many people just don’t dig.
Innovative thinking is not seeing what is and trying to improve it, or ‘fix’ it.
Innovative thinking is seeing what is and asking questions that are not about it.
- What is this not solving?
- What is this causing that we don’t want?
- If we didn’t have this, what would we have instead?
- If this had never been considered, what would have happened, instead?
These questions are starting to be innovative, but they’re not really getting us there.
True innovative thinking is more like this:
What if this reality didn’t exist?
That’s the ultimate creative question. It’s to deny current reality and all of its parameters and come up with – really – an alternative universe.
Questions that back this up include:
- What’s never been done?
- What are other industries doing that we can look at for inspiration?