As a child, my parents would say “Cindy you wear rose colored glasses.” It was meant as a compliment and a commentary on how naive I was, not seeing the world for its bumps and bruises.
I think innovation is rose-colored. It requires seeing possibility and expecting more than what is. While innovators are characteristically dissatisfied with the status quo, they are often a very optimistic group that believes we can do better.
“There is a way.” “What if we…?” “How might we…?” “Why not?”
These are the words of people with optimism who see the world with a rose hue.
Recently, I read a book recommended to me from another innovative soul, Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential by Shirzad Chamine. He explores PQ (positivity quotient) which works in concert with our EQ and IQ. He explores how people who achieve their potential are adept at quieting their inner Saboteurs and strengthening their Sages.
- Saboteurs are Judging, Perfectionism, Pleasing, Hyper-Achievement, Victim Mentality, Hyper-Rationality, Hyper-Vigilence, Restlessness, Contol, Avoidance.
- Sages are Empathy, Exploration, Innovation, Navigation(alignment of purpose), Activation