Jeffrey Baumgartner
 

Home     Books      Cartoons     Articles     Videos     Report 103 eJournal      Services     Game     ACT Questions      About      Contact


Share Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Pintarest StumbleUpon Email     Follow me Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter    


 

Cartoon: Want innovation? Introduce some chaos into your business

Introduce a Bit of Chaos to Your Business

By Jeffrey Baumgartner

Creative ideas are the result of two or more apparently unrelated concepts coming together in a way that solves a problem or achieves a goal. The more diverse the separate thoughts are, the more creative the resulting idea usually is.

This is probably why a lot of extremely creative people, such as artists, scientists and writers are also very disorganised people. The absent minded scientist often benefits from this weakness. In his mind, all kinds of thoughts are coming together, checking each other out and moving on. When an idea results, the scientist tries it out. The chaos in his mind may leave him absent minded, but it helps him think more creatively.

Too Much Structure

Unfortunately, from a creativity point of view, the corporate world is moving towards ever more structure. Formatted reports, data analysis tools, productivity tools, databases and just about every tool used in the corporate world tends to organise data in structured ways. These tools are designed to reduce chaos and instill order.

Moreover, companies tend to hire people who fit narrow, industry-specific profiles and, in larger organisations, job descriptions are becoming increasingly focused on very narrow specialisations. The result is an environment that is highly ordered, promotes conformity  and is becoming increasingly less conducive to creativity and innovation. This is not a good thing

While it is indeed important to put order to chaos is, especially when businesses are collecting masses of data every day, it is also important sometimes to put a little chaos to your order − particularly if you want novel, innovative ideas. Chaos brings together dissimilar thoughts, concepts and bits of information, providing the mind with all kinds of creative possibilities.

Suggestions

The question is, how to bring a little chaos to an organisation without destroying the efficiency that is necessary for operations? Here are some suggestions...

At the Organisational Level:

At the Individual Level:

If You Want to Push Chaos Further...

Indeed, any action that disrupts typical day to day activities in your work can also bring a little chaos and fresh thinking. And that leads to creativity.

Go on, give it a try.

 

This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared in the 15 August 2006 issue of Report 103.

R103/20170227

Want to Discuss This With Me?

If so, get in touch. I'd love to chat about it with you!



If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your followers:


Share Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Pintarest StumbleUpon Email     Follow me Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter    






More Articles


Cartoon: Leading Diverse Teams
Leading Diverse Teams
Diverse teams are more innovative and smarter than homogeneous ones. But, they are also harder to manager. Here are some tips. -- Read the article...



Cartoon: Respectful Questioning
Respectful Questioning
Political and social debate has become too divisive. To find creative solutions to big problems, we need an alternative: respectful questioning -- Read the article...



Cartoon: Questions you should ask when an innovative project fails
Questions you should ask when an innovative project fails
You can learn a lot from the failure of an innovative project, but you need to ask the right questions. Here are those questions. -- Read the article...



Cartoon: Business Should Be More Fun
Business Should Be More Fun
Make your business more fun and see improved creativity, more innovation, reduced stress and more benefits. Here's how to do it. -- Read the article...



Cartoon: Unmarketing the Competition
Unmarketing the Competition
A look at creative, but unethical dirty trick marketing campaigns designed to damage the competition -- Read the article...



Cartoon: Imaginativefulness and the Fisherman
Imaginativefulness and the Fisherman
What does a fisherman wearing a cycling helmet have to do with imaginativefulness? Quite a lot, it seems. -- Read the article...


More articles...

 


 

 

Return to top of page


Share Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Pintarest StumbleUpon Email     Follow me Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter    

 

Creative Jeffrey logo

Jeffrey Baumgartner
Bwiti bvba

Erps-Kwerps (near Leuven & Brussels) Belgium