I recently interviewed Elizabeth Gould the author of a book entitled “Feeling Forwards“. Elizabeth wanted to reciprocate by doing an interview with me about my book “Hacking the Gap-A Journey from Intuition to Innovation and Beyond. You can also listen to Elizabeth’s podcast entitled ” Feeling Forwards Podcast by clicking here.
This interview with me is about my book and personal journey as a serial entrepreneur. It is interesting being on the other side of the microphone and being the interviewee. Ellie does a great job of asking me thought-provoking questions about my book and my personal journey.
First, a bit about what “Hacking the Gap” means: ” I like to say it is the shortest distance between two points, encountering the least amount of resistance, growing personally and professionally, and optimizing your human potential.” This is an important concept as it relates to developing a new product, service or idea. We are all looking for the shortest distance between the points so that we don’t have to continue finding ways that don’t work. Hacking the Gap helps the reader access personal powers such as “intuition” so that they can trust their ideas and shorten the learning lessons (failures) in the innovation cycle.
If you are an entrepreneur or business leader then then the concepts presented in this interview will certainly interest you. I speak about the power of accessing our intuition when making important business decisions. As Albert Einstein stated ” The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” There is probably no truer statement that this one when it comes to accessing our intuition and realizing the power it can provide us in making big decisions.
In this interview with Ellie, I present my model for moving from intuition to innovation and beyond which consists of eight (8) steps. It is my theory that the innovation cycle starts with our intuition then we move into insight and from insight into creating an idea.
At this stage of the cycle we need to become inspired by knowing our idea is right, which leads to incubation--this is the stage where we refine the idea or product and test it with prospective end-users.
Now that we know it is proven to be a good idea we have to continue to propel forward, and this takes ignition. We all know how much energy it takes to lift a plane off the ground, and if we use up too much energy we can burn out too early, or before we finish the development of our product, service or idea.
If we make it this far then we can innovate, refine and build our product and get it ready for production or release. Again, if we advance to this stage in the cycle we then can implement the product or service, and this is were we sell our product or service to those who desire something better to unique to solve a problem that they may have been faced with.
If you want more information about the innovation cycle and “Hacking the Gap” you can go to my website by clicking here. You can also check out interviews I did in researching the book by clicking here. You can also download two chapters for free!
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