Ways of Thinking to Avoid Creating New Ideas

...and all I wanted was to go to the bathroom.

Kaihan Krippendorff is an expert consultant. In an article based on his work in Singapore, he shares his view on 5 types of people (their thoughts and attitudes) a project leader wanting and needing to find new and creative solutions for his/her company, business or work, must deal with. How do you recognize them? Are they really harmful? Can one take advantage of them?

Kaihan Krippendorff is the author of three business strategy books. In his latest book “Outthink the Competition,” his central focus is on resolving corporate conflict by combining Eastern philosophy, military and modern business strategy. 

Fast Company
Business + Innovation. Leadership Technology.
“5 Archetypes Who Get In the Way of Big Ideas”
Kaihan Krippendorff.

Click here to read the article.

Remember, for good reading comprehension, we suggest you read the vocabulary words and their meanings, read the article and then return to the vocabulary.

Word Definition
1 Disruptive Adj. Something or someone that causes an interruption in the orderly course of something (a social affair, meeting, etc.).
2 Fourth Option Kaihan Krippendorff is the creator of The Fourth Option™ approach, a strategic methodology that teaches executives and businesses how to seize opportunities others ignore, unlock innovation, and build strategic thinking skills.
3 Regardless Without regard for, or in spite of, objections, difficulties, etc.; anyway.
4 To stand in your way To block ones passage or act as an obstacle.
5 Lemming Any of various small, mostly arctic rodents (family Cricetidae) resembling mice but having short tails and fur-covered feet: some species (esp. genus Lemmus) undertake spectacular mass migrations at peaks of population growth, ultimately drowning while trying to cross the sea
6 Hurdles A difficulty or obstacle to be overcome.
7 Overlooking
  1. to look over or beyond and not see; fail to notice
  2. to ignore; neglect
8 Settle on Decide.
9 Breakthrough A strikingly important advance or discovery.
10 Bang away Work hard and long hours.
11 Likelihood Probability. The fact of being likely to happen or something that is likely to happen.
12 Cup is full Metaphore to describe the brain unwilling or unable to learn new things.
13 Novices A person new to a particular occupation, activity, etc.; apprentice; beginner.
14 Peers A person or thing of the same rank, value, quality, ability, etc.; equal; specif., an equal before the law.
15 Unravel To make clear of confusion or involvement; solve.
16 Set aside To set apart. To ignore temporarily.
17 Cog Any of a series of teeth on the rim of a wheel, for transmitting or receiving motion by fitting between the teeth of another wheel; gear tooth.
18 Naysayers One who opposes, refuses, or denies, esp. habitually.
19 Seize To take quick advantage of (an opportunity, etc.)
20 Devising To work out or create (something) by thinking; contrive; plan; invent.
21 Soaring To rise above the usual or ordinary level or bounds; be elevated. For example: soaring prices, soaring spirits
22 Skyscrapers A very tall building.
23 Willingness A state of doing or giving readily or gladly; voluntary.
24 Rice patties Fields used for growing rice.
25 Slums A usually heavily populated area of a city, characterized by poverty, poor housing, etc.

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Source: Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/

Kaihan Krippendorff’s Definition for the Fourth Option: http://www.kaihan.net/Kaihan_Bio_Sept2010.pdf

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