The idea of using resources that you already have as building blocks to develop variations and growth amazes me.

Much of my work with Innovation stems from organizations, teams, and individuals taking what they already know and allowing themselves to make minor adjustments towards new and improved products, processes, and services.

That’s in this video.

Taking existing skills, developing an understanding, then moving into personal mastery leads to innovation.


On to the inquiry:

In what ways can we use/re-use existing resources?

  • What do you currently have?
  • What is it that you want, what you have, to do better / different / faster / etc…?
  • Once that happens how will you know? How will your customers know? How will your co-workers know?
  • On a scale of 0 – 10; with 0 being poor and 10 being maximum, where would you say you are currently using what you have?
  • If you were 1 step higher on that scale what are you doing differently with what you have?
  • If you were at a 9 what is better at a 9 compared to where you are right now?
  • What are you already doing that is innovative with what you have?
  • Are there any other departments, teams, locations that are using these resources differently? Or in the way you want? even just a little bit…
  • What is one thing you can do in the next 30 days, to better use what you currently have?
  • How will you and other know that you have succeeded at doing that?

Rote Copying —> Surface Understanding —> Personal Mastery … happen in small iterative steps. Take one step towards where you want to be, then determine what to do next.