Einstein claimed that he had no special talent; in addition to that, he was extremely curious. He also knew how important it is to find time for in-depth review and analysis of what he studied. And it is precisely this skill we lack today.

We mostly think that if we give all the time to review and analyze everything to the last detail, we cannot start anything. The main motto of the day – “Take Action!”. If you always try to do something, be sure to shoot one of the options that will make you rich, famous, or at least successful.

Einstein had a bit of a different view

He spent a lot of time on getting an in-depth review and doing analysis and a very little time to take actions. And now it is difficult to find someone who would not know who Albert Einstein is. And perhaps, his approach was more appropriate and had more appropriate ideas for initiating a specific plan.

Einstein was a genius, and his formula for solving problems was also ingeniously simple.

An innovation consultant and author Jeffrey Phillips tells this story:

When Einstein was asked how he would spend the time given to find the solution for a problem, he said that he spent 55 minutes on the allocation of problem and its alternatives, and 5 minutes on its decision (one hour).

And this is the exact opposite of what most of the leaders are doing now.

Instead of defining the problem and study it, in order to find the most suitable solution, more focus is on finding the solution. And since without a detailed study of the problem, the first decision is unlikely to be the most successful, and then falls again to seek a new solution. And then one more, and one more.

Phillips said that when we give preference only to solution, innovation dies.

Dooming ourselves to prison metrics, we underestimate the future, the more valuable prospects that we can provide is a solution that is not quantifiable (sensing, empathy, analysis, peace). We are accustomed to the momentary suppression of fires, we constantly check e-mail and try to immediately respond to all of them.

We are in touch anytime, anywhere, and all that we want is to solve a problem almost immediately, not giving enough time to study the nature of the problem.

You cannot cut its way. This should be a carefully planned process.

  • You note the problem.
  • Ponders solutions, conduct experiments.
  • Talk with users.
  • Again claim.

And then turn it into a source of profit.

We load ourselves with appointments and tasks in order to show the value of our team. We are busy, we have everything planned out for a month in advance and there is a free moment – we are working! But often, this approach ultimately did not produce any results (or results are not worth the time spent on them and the efforts taken).

As long as the managers will think this way, innovation will not happen because the innovative thinking is an endless process that can produce results.