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Innovation Challenge # 2
Break the Rule Avoid Mistakes using innovation challenge # 2.
Add an ingredient
This challenge is to add an ingredient to something that you already consider to be good enough. And it doesn't have to be food
Eliminating the chance that something could go wrong, get out of control, surprise us, take too long, undermine our authority, or expose our uncertainty is often how we unconsciously define "perfect."
Consider your personal list of recipes.
What you cook or prepare in a kitchen is what obviously comes to mind with the word "recipes", yet we develop recipes for all of life.
The way we talk to an employee, the way we resolve conflict, how we bathe, clean our home, prepare for a trip, handle task overload, support a customer, enjoy a date — the list goes on.
A good place to look for “recipes” is by making a list of things you do well.
An actual meal that you know how to make.
A professional skill like running a meeting, writing copy, handling the accounting, interviewing job candidates, raising money, managing conflict.
A personal skill or hobby—like gardening or car maintenance.
Chores or duties at home—like cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, gardening.
Find a few of these activities you have down to science and then apply this challenge to them.
Add an ingredient to a recipe that you've "perfected" and be willing to experiment with its evolution beyond the risk-free routine that you've mastered.
The dictionary of Intelligent Misbehavior does not contain the noun "perfection," only the verb "reinventing," defined as the unending process of improving, refining, and evolving a past success.
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