What are your views on innovation?
Do you believe innovation is something best left to the technologically-minded?
Or, do you believe innovation is more ubiquitous: whenever and wherever there exists the need, ideas will spontaneously spring to mind in the attempt to satisfy that need.
And once an idea forms in the mind’s eye: how do you know if it is feasible?
One way to find out is to use the Six Honest Serving Men method.
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
So, applying Kipling’s Six Honest Serving-Men to your (personal or work) situation, the questions you could ask of your idea include:
- What purpose would you serve?
- Why should I allocate resources to make you a reality?
- When, where, and how would you function?
- How would you enrich people’s lives?
- Where would you exist?
- Who else would be interested in sponsoring you?
And if your idea does not live up to your expectations: take comfort from the knowledge that from learning what does not work, you are a step closer to learning what does.
Copyright uncapIdeas 2016