It’s time for our monthly “trailmix,” a collection of interesting pieces of inspiration, thought leadership and innovative new ideas, and this month we’re focus on reframing. “Reframing” is one of the Big Five behaviors that can root us in a Mindset of Discovery, and lead to a pattern of innovation. At it’s core, reframing is about changing one’s perspective to see a situation differently with the goal of finding new insights, learning to push towards progress, or seeing opportunity in the midst of challenge.

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Reframing to Achieve Business Success: Jugaad Innovation 

We loved reading Simone Ahuja’s Jugaad Innovation because it gives a real-world perspective on how ‘reframing’ can lead to business success.  This book asks a vital question of how can we drive innovation and growth as the global business landscape expands. What can western companies learn from innovative businesses in the developing world – countries where resources are scarce, systems are complex, and  customers are frugal.

Jugaad entrepreneurs reframe harsh constraints as an invitation to innovate, transforming adversity into an opportunity to bring value to themselves and those in their environment.

We are especially honored because Simone Ahuja will be joining us for our premier innovation event MNovation. She will be sharing with our audience her insights on how large organization can foster entrepreneurial behaviors to drive innovation.

Read the book to find out more stories of those who reframed and learn more about our fall MNovation event here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

Reframing Success: Scott Adams’ Approach to Making Willpower Irrelevant

In this blog by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, he challenges conventional success advice and argues that goals should be eliminated entirely from anyone hoping to be successful, and instead replaced with the idea of “systems,” that build in habits and routines rather than a fixed point at the end that has emotional ties to the outcome.

His approach resonated with us specifically for the fresh concept of looking at an ongoing journey, not successes or failures. Each step as just that – a step, rather than a success or a failure.

Fear of failure is one of the hurdles of innovation that we often hear about from our clients. Reframing ‘failure’ as a step in a process, is a great way to mitigate that fear and continue the innovation journey with excitement and energy.  [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”18818″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”18816″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

Reframing Personality: Is your personality fixed, or can you change who you are?

A recent NPR Podcast caught our attention for its focus on the idea of reframing one’s personality and negative/positive traits. 

Remember the Marshmallow test that evaluates self control in young children? The experiment involved leaving a young child alone with a marshmallow for 15 minutes while giving them the instructions that if they manage to not eat the marshmallow, they will be rewarded with another one. Most children ‘failed’ that ‘test,’ but instead of writing off children as having no self control, the researchers helped them reframe the marshmallow as a picture of a marshmallow. The majority of the children were then able to wait!  

After looking at the “sweeter” side of personality in children, the podcast shifts focus onto the question of whether the personality of criminals is different from law abiding citizens. Are people born to break the law or is there hope for all of us to be able to reframe ourselves and each other, change, and grow?

We often hear from our learners “I am not creative” or “I am not the type of person who innovates.” If reframing can help us change our personalities, then it can also help you shift your own perception of your innovation capability. We believe we all have the potential to be innovators, it’s just a matter of working out your innovation muscles – just like with fitness or other skills, practice is what makes the difference. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

Reframing mistakes: A CV of Failures

Another important part of the “reframing” behavior is to reframe our relationship with mistakes and failures. Instead of fretting over how our mistake happened and feeling self-conscious about it, why not reframe these mistakes into moments of possibility?

A Princeton professor showed the world exactly this when he published his resume of failures. In this “reverse resume,” he includes sections of Degree programs, research funding, and academic journals he was rejected from. This heartfelt story begs the question; what would your resume of failures say?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”18819″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”18817″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

Reframing Throughout the Ages: The Lost Horse –  A Chinese folktale

We love to bring a bit of global flavor to the trailmix – we were so pleased to come upon an ancient Chinese folktale which showcases the long-term thinking behind “reframing.” We can never really predict the course of the future, so sometimes aligning current situations with good or bad “luck” is futile and reframing can help us keep things in perspective.  

In this tale, we follow a man who goes through a series of what is perceived as “bad” events, but by reframing each event, the outlook (and outcome) is changed for the long term. The title of the story is often used as an idiom in Chinese 塞翁失馬 (sai weng shi ma) that reminds us to take life in stride. 

We hope this trailmix can give you inspiration to reframe in your own life and continue on your innovation journey! Reframe three times today!  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Curated by Ann Drewiske, Lydia Chu and Elena Imaretska[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]