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How To Think Differently: The Smartcuts Framework

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By definition, it's easy to think of obvious ideas.

Obvious ideas are the ones that are adjacent to what we're already thinking. They might be new, but they're within reach.

Non-obvious ideas are harder to reach.

Many of the most important problems in our work and lives fall in the category of "non-obvious" problems. If the solutions were easy, we wouldn't have a problem.

Here's what I believe:

Innovation means thinking differently

It's about coming up with non-obvious solutions to problems.

But here's where the real question comes in.

How can we think differently than we currently think?

Or perhaps better put:

How can we bridge the gap between the obvious and the genius?

That's what my years-long quest to understand lateral thinking is about.

And it's the topic that I dig into here in Episode 1 of my Smartcuts Mini-Series with Innovation & Leadership podcast host Jess Larsen:

Find the rest of the Thinking Different / Smartcuts series here »