“Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.”
At Pickslyde, one of our favorite quotes from a published report about ACT in the workplace states: “Our findings in relation to the ACT intervention are consistent with work elsewhere showing improvements on… propensity to innovate1” In that study, ACT was pitted against an intervention specifically intended to improve innovation, while ACT was not purposely trying to lead to that outcome… and there was no statistical difference between the two interventions! When using ACT to Innovate, Pickslyde consultants crystallize the best of the ACT model to coax performance and inventiveness out of the employees in charge of creativity and innovation.
A Pickslyde workshop on innovation includes learning mindfulness techniques aimed at participating in a vital and valuable career stretching the boundaries of creativity and ingenuity. Obstacles to innovation are put in a new perspective and committed action patterns are developed to let vision unfold. These trainings can target artists of all sorts, but also software developers, chemists, chefs, engineers, and problem-solvers of all stripes.
Footnote: 1 – Bond, F.W. & Bunce, D. (2000). Mediators of change in emotion-focused and problem-focused worksite stress management interventions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 5 (1), 156-163.