I’m driven to innovate; I’m always asking “How could this be done or made better?”. Most of my innovations have come in the area of methods – improving how individuals or groups think to create the future.
I naturally see patterns; frameworks of connected concepts that can yield insights or provide a jump-start when facing a new situation.
At first blush, innovation and patterns would seem to be at odds. Doesn’t a pattern lock you into the past? Doesn’t it block you from see a new way ahead? We’ve all heard the cautionary statement, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. If you rely too much on a specific pattern, won’t you see it where it doesn’t really apply and then force-fit the situation to match your preconceptions?
While misuse of a pattern is possible, failure to use an appropriate pattern is the more common sin. Innovation almost always occurs on top of a pattern – a baseline mental model of the current situation that leads to a flash of insight on how it could be changed for the better.
Decision patterns are the ultimate baseline mental model of any current situation. They can help you capture (model, understand) the past thinking that created the present. Every decision within the pattern offers the opportunity to innovate; to seek a better answer to this fundamental, enduring question/issue.
If you’re driven to innovate (in life or business), I challenge you to first capture the decision baseline that has created your present state. Rather than do this from scratch, use the proven decision patterns that are available in the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF). You then will have “permission to innovate freely” on any and every decision and the tools to help you do so.
Jumpstart your innovation by leveraging the DDSF decision patterns. Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to start your free DDSF trial.