Language kills innovation

By Lyden Foust via innovationexcellence.com   Article

Language Is Killing Our Ability To Innovate

“Before we had language, we made sense of the world through pictures, sounds, and smells. … Eventually we developed the capacity for language as a form of communication. …

The problem with grammar is that it locks us into certain ways of thinking about things. … if there are no words for certain concepts, we tend not to think about them. This means a key component of successful innovation is our ability to think beyond the constraints of language. …

Be Able to Switch Between Visual & Verbal Communication

… The use of images, diagrams, and models can help reveal patterns of thinking and new directions you can take that would be hard to imagine exclusively in words. …

Put it to work

… When attempting to sketch an idea, we must observe it closely, gaining a feel through our fingers on how to bring it to life. When you are trying to solve a hard problem, think beyond words. …

Is there a way you could depict all the stakeholders in a process …? … Could you create a mental map of your to do list? What are all the possible outcomes of a negotiation …? What does your supply chain look like? Have you tried mind mapping a presentation or a meeting?

Revert to your most primal form of intelligence, visualize the problem, and watch the solution illuminate before your eyes.”

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