If you've been keeping abreast of the crazy weather and natural disasters we've been having in Australia, you would think that life couldn't throw us anymore complications. Despite all the tragedy, there has been a great display of togetherness, common vision and massive action to get through the devastation.

The reality for many people is having to 'start from scratch'. As bad as it may sound, in an innovation context 'starting from scratch' can be a good thing. Obviously losing a home, precious possessions or losing close relative would be devastating. However, what would it mean if you were forced to apply a 'start from scratch' mentality in your field of work? Where would it take you?

No matter what you do - forcing yourself to 'start from scratch' can lead to innovative benefits.
You benefit from 'hindsight' - learning from the things that didn't succeed in the past.
You benefit from 'insight' - the current situation forces you to consider what's most critical and important.
Finally you benefit from 'foresight' - your ability to consider new markets, new directions and new opportunities.

Take a moment to think. If your business or organisation was to stop and had to 'start from scratch', what would you change? Why would you change it? How would you do it? Who would be involved? When would you do it?

The good news is we don't have to wait for a tragedy or natural disaster to 'start from scratch', we just need to change our thinking.


Nils Vesk

Innovation strategist and speaker