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Innovation is thinking outside the box. It’s providing value to customers and staff through automation, change, and new ways of working. It’s taking a step back from how things have always been done, and questioning whether that’s really the best way to do it.Natural innovators have personality traits on their side. They are usually open to new experiences, and less agreeable. Less agreeable doesn’t mean they hate everyone, in psychological personality models such as the Five Factor Model (The Big Five Model of Personality) by Costa & McCrea - it simply means they are more resistant to peer pressure, and don’t tend to care as much about fitting in or conforming. They don’t necessarily go with the flow, and tend to think of authority as a big pain rather than absolute.The Big Five personality model shows that we all have 5 main personality traits which vary from person to person in amount. A sliding scale if you will. The five personality traits include – Openness to Experience, Contentiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism - or O.C.E.A.N. for short. Interestingly, people who don’t aspire to own their own business or go into management tend to be high on agreeableness and high on contentiousness which means they tend to agree with their boss and co-workers (at least in public) and aspire to do a good job and be seen as a hard worker. These people are great employees.It is common for business owners to be high on openness to experience and a little lower on agreeableness. If you think about why most people start their own business, it's usually because they see an opportunity to do something differently or they dislike the way their current boss does something. The mere action of starting a business shows the person is open to new experiences, and isn’t happy conforming to their current bosses ways of working.
Personality traits aren’t necessarily enough to drive people to innovate. There are usually additional social, environmental, political or economic influences which add fuel to the innovation fire.
1. Government Inaction & Government Dissolution
“When all think alike, then no-one is thinking” – Walter Lippmann
“Someone else will say something” or “If no-one else is doing anything, I don’t need to either”
“Where incompetent people are too incompetent to realise they are incompetent”
Your Business doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better with change. And fear hates change.
And reach out to ShireWomen – Organisational Psychology and Change Management is our bag, so let us know if you need help. We offer Organisational Psychology and Business Consulting as part of our services.Reach out to Steph at
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