I am an Idea Machine – Ideation is my number one StrengthsFinder® talent. While I was watching TV on Monday, I saw a marvelous GE commercial on how the corporate world responds to people who generate ideas. It absolutely knocked me off my feet. The Idea is represented by a creature that looks like an offspring between Big Bird and a peacock. It is repeatedly kicked to the curb, locked out of the building, and trashed as being undesirable until, morose and deflated, it walks through the doors of GE.
My friend, Karin Prinsen, sent me a link to a video about one of the world’s most studied innovation design firms called Ideo, noting their cultural emphasis on strengths. As always, Karin was right! You don’t want to miss this one.