After our first full day lecture of the Psychology of Creativity and Innovation (part of the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership) I went home frustrated. I had arrived that morning thinking that it would be a day filled with answers about how to make people more creative. But at the end of the day I had more questions than I started with.
Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot over the 3 days of lectures. I gained a whole new understanding and appreciation for the people side of innovation, something which I fear often gets overlooked when organisations set out to innovate.
On the other hand, every new bit of understanding, every a-ha moment, raised more questions. Bit by bit it dawned on me that this was exactly what it should be doing. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone recently got quoted saying: “The day we decide we’ve figured it all out and that we know everything is the day we’ve closed the door to a lot of wonderful opportunities.” (Business Insider Blog) To open doors it’s good to have more questions than answers. Isn’t it?
Author: Kristine Pitts