I think an innovative mind is simply looking at the challenge, task or problem from different points of view. If you are solving a problem for a customer, see it from their perspective. How can you make things simple and easy? How does this impact you or the company that you are working for? Can we find solutions that have some benefit to all of those involved?
When my daughter was 5, I was taking her to school and she said "mom, if you don't think outside the box, you will get stuck inside the box". Very insightful for such a young girl. But also, very simple too. If we, consider more than one solution to anything, we can find the right solution to most things.
What career path are you seeking Karen?
I think to be more innovative, everyone needs to better understand the people we are trying to help. One of the best way to do this is to volunteer for a nonprofit.
I would recommend reaching out to nonprofits (or finding one on a website like globalgiving.org) and seeing how you can help. Once you start working, you’ll realize that you have preconceived assumptions and you’ll challenge your mind. You’ll also work to help those in need, which can help you get a job in the future. Working with a nonprofit will also help you build your resume/portfolio, and will show your future hiring manager, what type of values you have as a person.
What field are you in or looking to get into? Perhaps the community here can suggest some nonprofits you can work with. :)
Wishing you the best of luck in 2020 and beyond!
As you begin to develop an innovative mind as a young person, this can carry over into your advanced education and then into the workplace. Problem solving is a sought after skill by all employers. They want individuals who can bring them solutions to problems, not just bring them problems.