PBTO10: Creativity, Innovation & Anti-Conventional Thinking

Jeffrey Baumgartner
Jeffrey Baumgartner
Jeffrey Baumgartner

Who is Jeffrey?

In this episode, we host Jeffrey Baumgartner. He is an entrepreneur, artist, teacher, author and an innovation consultant and not  your typical Innovation consultant.

He is the author of the book, “The Way of the Innovation Master” & “The Insane Journey

He is also the creator of a new & effective creative thinking methodology called “Anti-Conventional Thinking” as an alternative to traditional brainstorming methods.

He also runs the Report 103, which is one of the longest running eJournal or blog on creativity and innovation in business.

Why is he on the show

He is not your typical innovation consultant or author. He is a great guy, who understands the psychology behind creativity and has a great sense of humor.

What are we talking about

In this episode, we talk about creativity and innovation. We also talk about why brainstorming doesn’t work if one wants to come up with truly creative ideas anymore and the core tenets of “Anti Conventional Thinking (ACT for short).

We also talk about how can individuals and organizations come up with creative ideas and implement them to succeed.

We also cover ideas around how small businesses or start-ups can use the tenets of ACT and use innovation as their competitive advantage to compete with large incumbents.

We also talk about how the most innovative companies don’t have a separate innovation agenda, continuous innovation is the way they do business.

Insight: Something that is Obvious but we miss totally

We also talk about the fact that, though everyone talks about the importance of creative ideas and innovation, in reality, we don’t really like truly creative ideas and passively and sometimes actively work to negate the truly creative ideas.

I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot through the conversation. Hope you do so as well.

Who and why should you listen

If at any point in time, you are required to come up with creative ideas in your role as a professional or as a parent, you need to listen to this discussion.

Your turn

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You can also watch his videos on Youtube and I recommend that you subscribe to his eJournal Report 103.

The Seven Core Tenets of Anticonventional Thinking

The Seven Core Tenets of Anticonventional Thinking.

This makes a very interesting read. Most of the tenets of ACT (anti-conventional thinking) goes against traditional brainstorming or idea generation processes. I guess that is why it is called Anti-conventional.

Though I agree with most of what is being subscribed, I have to say that this is very difficult process to use in a traditional organization.

This needs highly creative and self-assured people, who can take criticism,  build on ideas (thiers and others), and trust each other a lot! If any of the above are not present, this could be a recepie for disaster.

This said, I do think that if you want breakthrough ideas, this could be the way to go. Just involve a small team made of people who are self-assured and trust each other, let them go through the process and I am sure, you will get some really amazing ideas.