Module 1: Open the Doorway to Innovation
Procter & Gamble, one of the most innovative companies in the world, understands that to cultivate innovation, the first major task is to build an innovative consciousness in the individual (Srinivasan, 2012). However, humans predictably distort and sabotage their inner experience, causing a constriction in our creativity and flow. Instead of thinking constructively, we play “not to lose”.
Innovation can be increased through the development of attitudes, thinking patterns, imagination, and motivation (Srinivasan, 2012). We will begin with mindfulness and emotional intelligence strategies as a useful starting place, and then we will go deeper.
The goal of this module is to identify and normalize patterns which block the flow state, engagement, and innovation. Participants will learn foundational practices and tools which open the doorway to innovation, with the goal of practical mastery.
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Module 2: Practice Fluid Intelligence
High fluid intelligence, not high IQ, is what causes the breakthroughs created by Nobel laureates and creative scientists.
Fluid intelligence leverages logic, pattern recognition, and abstract thinking to arrive at new answers. In contrast, crystallized intelligence relies on procedural, learned, declarative memories from our experience, logical reasoning, and knowledge acquisition. Although both types of intelligence help us solve problems, developing novel solutions and arriving at new understandings is the purview of fluid intelligence.
Divergent reasoning (such as what is seen often in individuals with ADHD) and intuition are forms of fluid intelligence. These approaches depart from what is known into the unexpected and novel. Using these mechanisms, even neurotypical thinkers can come to new breakthrough solutions.
The goal of this module is to understand and practice the fluid intelligence strategies which lead to increased flow and intuition. Participants will explore the differences between fluid and crystallized intelligence, and will develop a working mastery of each.
Module 3: Access The Intuition Factor
By any name, intuition is widely recognized as a phenomenon which allows us to unconsciously synthesize a large quantity of information and seemingly get inspiration out of thin air. It may have been the driving force behind all discoveries and innovation to date, and there is every reason to expect that it will be a defining factor in our desired future.
The business world typically values thinking over sensing, but the subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind. Intuition – as well as emotions, somatic cues, and dreams – are an expression of subconscious intelligence. Most people are not taught to access their intuition accurately or consistently. When we learn how to do this, we gain an unmatched competitive advantage.
Despite all of our scientific efforts, it is possible that intuition is a phenomenon which will never be completely understood within the realm of science. What we do know is that “our view of knowledge and consciousness cannot be meaningful unless it accounts for intuition as well” (Dörfler & Ackermann, 2012).
The goal of this module is to foster a balanced approach between rationality and intuition in today’s complex and dynamic business environments. Participants will explore the intersection between art and science, and will better understand how to apply this to excel in the professional context.