Insight Development And Leading With Insight
The development of personal habits of insight, an insightful perspective on opportunities that can grow your business, and an opportunistic awareness of how insight can make you a better leader is a key to better business and more money.
Certainly, people are born with insight, but practice of certain principles and the development of the insightful habits of very successful people are of paramount importance to your personal growth, development as a leader, and the success of your business.
True useful insight is a state of mind that can be developed. You must examine your personal pattern of problem solving and innovation and relearn new habits to be the most effective insightful leader that you can be.
Insight that outperforms your competition is a result of the recognition of a need before your competitors or customers recognize the need. Most people do not know they want something until you show it to them.
You must develop a clear point of view that recognizes relationships between people, product, and ideas and makes the leap to capitalize on that relationship before anyone else can. Developing the associative skills involved with insight allows you to solve new problems more rapidly and more innovatively.
Developing insight involves learning a habit of asking thoughtful probing questions, looking past what is obvious to what is potential but practically achievable, learning to restructure the problem or objective, and trusting your instincts.
Insight is no miracle, but it does take consistent repeated practice to make insight a part of you, a part of how you are creative, and a driver in your problem solving skills and methods.
The steps to creating a more insightful approach are to prepare, incubate, illuminate, and verify.
A prepared mind is always seeking answers to questions, looking beyond what is obvious, can readily restructure the framework of a problem or a solution, and trusts their instincts. The development of these behaviors is a matter of practice and repetition.
Insight is a result of problem solving if you understand the true structure of the problem, avoid routine fixed patterns of solution, look for similarities, and wait for the moment that your mind will take all the data and variables and develop an insightful solution.
Leading with insight is a learned behavior also.
One of the most important aspects of being an insightful leader is avoiding the pitfall of the obvious. Collections of tons of data that cost a fortune are usually less insightful and creative than seeking information that tells you what you do not know but need to know.
Iterative reframing is a concept that helps you be an insightful leader. You do not eat the whole elephant in one bite. Separate the problem into manageable parts and apply the basic principles of insightful thinking to each part. Then put the parts together into a never before seen solution.
Developing insight lets you have new products ready before your customer realizes they want them. Your insight can create the need for a truly innovative product that produces tangible results for your customer and for your business.
Matthew Milan of Partner at Normative in Toronto, Canada put these ideas together in a cogent form. Milan is an expert in the insightful development of internet and mobile products and services.