Yesterday I shared the thoughts of academics, researchers, and educators I met at the ICE conference last week, concerning Backward Focus barriers they’ve hit when trying to get innovative projects up and running.
Today, in the 2nd in this series of ‘Views from the ICE conference’, it’s the turn of Inward Focus …here are some of the barriers the delegates highlighted:
- Getting stuck on internal processes
- Overload of tasks that don’t relate to the bigger picture
- Insecurity…am I right about this?
- Fear of failure or ridicule
- Internal politics
- Insular thinking
- Narrow thinking
- Limits on individual free thinking
- Ideas from the outside are blocked
- Desire for immediate reward
- Unwillingness to compromise
- Unwillingness to listen to other viewpoints
- Elite approaches – cliques
- Bureaucratic pressure
- Not enough motivation or confidence to challenge norms
- Unwillingness to take measured risks
- Poor bigger-picture thinking
- Lack of understanding of others’ needs
These are great examples of Inward Focus indicators. Look out for them…this barrier will shrink the strongest of ideas to nothing.
If you need to identify and eliminate Inward Focus – or any of the 5 barriers – BBM is here to help you!
Thanks to the ICE delegates for those thoughts. Next time, Downward Focus.