How do new ideas come about? Cyril Bouquet is the co-author of ALIEN THINKING: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas. Although new, innovative ideas seem to appear magically, they take time to emerge, mature and become successful. Cyril and his co-authors studied professions of people who challenge existing paradigms (inventors, artists, scientists). They found these folks use five patterns of thinking that distinguish them from the rest of us. These patterns -Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation, and Navigation- can help innovative thinking and problem-solving. He also says the navigation piece can be the most difficult because this is where the “rubber meets the road” and often where we face the most resistance.
In this episode, Cyril:
- Breaks down ALIEN thinking.
- Shares thoughts about levitation.
Ask yourself: How are you thinking about the future in interesting ways?
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Additional Leadership Resources
- Book Recommendations:
- ALIEN Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas by Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, Michael Wade
- Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by David Lodge
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)
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