Three days to go to shoot my second hole-in-one during the same year! It's possible. I know. Two golfers at my golf club each shot two hole-in-ones this year.
I've been surprised at the innovation lessons learned from this thrilling experience. Let me share three with you.
- "Lynda, you must be thrilled." "I'm thrilled for you." "How thrilling." I was congratulated over and over again by people who used these words--thrilled or thrilling. And, it was thrilling. I believe this describes exactly the spontaneous response we should get from team members, colleagues, customers, friends, and family when we finally get a new idea to work! There's a level of genuine enthusiasm for the accomplishment. It's one way to measure success.
- While I was enjoying lunch at the club a few months later, a fine young man at another table got up, came over to our table and introduced himself. He asked me if I was the lady who shot the hole-in-one. He wanted to meet me and discuss what that experience was like. I was surprised. My lesson--we need to make sure we foster creative environments that support approaching innovators on a personal level. You never know who is going to be inspired by what you have to share and what it will lead to next.
- I realize shooting a hole-in-one is a fluke. It didn't happen because I'm a talented and skilled golfer. However, I have been motivated to keep working on improving my game--10 shot improvement so far. It occurred to me it's no different than learning to be an effective creative and innovative thinker. Sometimes ideas seem to come out of nowhere--like a fluke. Other times ideas come from the skilled application of the creative process. To be a better golfer or skilled with the creative process it takes lessons, practice and coaching. Learn tools--practice using the tools--apply the tools--get better and better--work with a coach to keep pushing you to do even better. My golf coach is part of my game plan. Who is your creativity and innovation coach?
Steve Kaye, my go-to poet, suggests success brings us more interesting problems to work on. The better my golf game gets, I find myself encountering more interesting golf problems. This is such a great motivator to improve. May your work with creativity and innovation continue to improve and your problems become more interesting.
LIFT Your Thinking ... until next time.