Why do we need to be Novel Thinkers? Novel Thinking as defined by the Institute for the Future is ‘coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which are rote or rule-based’. Novel applies not only to what is new, but what is strange or unprecedented (a novel approach to the problem).
Ultimately, Novel Thinking is thinking outside the box.
Novel Thinking will be in greater demand as many mechanical, convergent thinking type tasks are automated, with the consequence of shrinking job descriptions for millions of employees globally.
Simultaneously, many organizations will adopt the blueprints of Apple, Google, and other organizations known for innovation, where novel or creative thinking isn’t confined to just product development, but democratized across the workforce.
Yes, we will all have to refine our inner inventor.