Editor | On 25, Sep 2018
Whenever we experience a pair of potentially conflicting attributes â€“ creativity and patience, say, or resourcefulness and naivety, or X and Y â€“ its always possible to construct a 2×2 matrix. When we solve the conflict and get the best of both attributes, we find ourselves in the â€˜breakthroughâ€™ quadrant. This is where weâ€™d like to be.
The most common situation, if we canâ€™t solve the conflict is we get one-out-of-two â€“ either X is good and Y is bad, or vice-versa. These are the â€˜frustrationâ€™ quadrants. This is when our innovation opportunity is most visible. These are the zones that cause us to describe frustration as the mother of innovation.
The place we donâ€™t really want to be is the worst-of-both-worlds quadrant. This is the anger or hopelessness zone. Neither anger nor hopelessness are the mothers of innovation. They usually mean weâ€™ve already conceded defeat, or, more likely, donâ€™t know how to get started. When we exhibit anger or hopelessness its usually a sign that our creative brain has shut down.