Innovation Challenge #3: See Opportunities, Not Threats

When was the last time you were really challenged?

In business, various obstacles can come your way at a moment’s notice – but how you adjust to these obstacles is what matters. The most successful individuals (or teams) have developed ways to approach these potential threats and turn them into opportunities to overcome, innovate and, eventually, thrive.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
Maintaining a positive attitude is important for anyone who wishes to be successful and motivate their team members to execute a project. This mindset can be helpful for new undertakings or weighing the risks of important decisions, as it keeps members on track, not intimidated by setbacks, and, thus, easier to manage. Positivity aside, one should always have a backup plan so they can remain steadfast if their plans don’t always align perfectly. Resiliency is key to succeed.

Rely on Your Skills
Believing in one’s organization and personal skillset can help keep a cool head in uncertain times. Whether considering applying new methods applicable to the current project or taking a more aggressive approach, realizing the power of one’s skills and how they’ve contributed thus far can be empowering when making important decisions. Never be afraid to throw caution to the wind and do something different. Innovation only comes when the risks taken become successes.

In a team environment, every individual offers a unique contribution. Ask questions, listen, assess and weigh all the options. By doing so, this can help think of potential threats from someone else’s point of view and potentially uncover ideas that would otherwise never surface. The right conversation at the right time can open up a world of opportunities.

Take Your Failure Like a Champ
Bill Gates once said, “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” There’s nothing more helpful than learning what absolutely won’t work. Failures can help cross ideas off the list and serve as opportunities to reroute, reassess and find solutions. Whether you’re a CEO, a business analyst, a sales executive or anyone else, the failure you experience will be far less important than what you choose to do next.

By changing the way we view obstacles, we ultimately shape our ability to adapt to them. With the right attitude, persistence and skills, any threat can be turned into a great opportunity to thrive.