Which Famous Innovator Are You?

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JUST FOR FUN! Do you like a challenge or dread change? Do you like fixing problems in an orderly fashion or do you prefer the whirlwind approach? Take this quiz and find out which great innovator in history you are most like!


You May Get

Idea Killer

UH-OH!  Despite being surrounded by some great innovative minds, you just don’t see the potential and feel “innovation” is nothing more than a fleeting buzzword.  You are likely to say things like “that won’t work” and “that’s just not how we do things around here”.  You may even be known as the resident “idea killer”.  While your logical thinking is of utmost importance and value to the company, you should work toward not being a barrier to change.  It’s time to grab hold of the innovation train and hold on tight!  If you allow yourself to open your mind to the ideas of others you just might start appreciating the power of creative thinking.  Heck, you might even enjoy it! Someone with your smarts…just think what you could be capable of if you let yourself explore the possibilities!

Steve Jobs

You are an extreme strategist and mobilizer.   You are a natural leader – but this comes with its challenges.  Those who stand up to you can gain your respect, especially if they’re right.  But confrontation tends to be a means of enjoyment for you and that can get old for those who have to work with you on a regular basis. You have no fear of challenging the “old way” in the face of more successful ways of doing things.  And while your competitive nature could be your greatest strength – it can also be your greatest enemy.  Self-awareness is not your strong suit – but if you can manage to work on that your sheer genius will take you far.  Don’t stop believing in your innovative thoughts…just be careful not to miss someone else’s great idea along the way!

Henry Ford

You are a planner!  Perfect order and schedule are of utmost importance and you are one of the most loyal individuals a person can know.  While disruptive innovation may not be your cup of tea, you are an excellent observer… and from this skillset comes great innovation.  You can clearly see intersections of ideas and come up with creative solutions to improve the current state. Abstract thinking is not your strong suit, but the facts are your friend.  You will be a great asset to an innovative process that needs to be brought back down to Earth.  You are no idea-killer…just an idea modifier.  A very important piece of the puzzle.

Marie Curie

You are the master theorizer and likely a last-minute planner.  You are in a rush to discover and feel that everything is in a constant state of planning.  The idea of changing on a dime is never a problem for you. You love to problem solve and excel at finding solutions to problems that need an immediate and crucial fix.  While your ability to reverse course when necessary can be a huge asset when time is of the essence, it can sometimes be seen as a lack of caring or inability to plan. You love to work on your own and can be quite successful at it - but don't forget, innovation is a team sport. Be careful to use your amazing skills wisely – practicing focus and patience along the way – and you may find your name in the history books someday!

Thomas Edison

You are the explorer… the inventor!  Thomas Edison was known for his enthusiasm and you are no different.  The idea of thinking up something that is brand new excites you.  You are not short on wild ideas… one problem – you may have trouble following through. If you surround yourself with others who see the possibilities but can also help you dig for the facts and stay on course you will be setting yourself up for great success! Confinement in any capacity stresses you out.  While “Standard Work” is a phrase you could live without…”Disruptive Innovation” is right up your alley.  Be aware that to be a success, you will need to learn to strike a balance.  Innovation is the future…YOU are the future!

Walt Disney

You love to discover new ideas and you are excellent at advocating for others.  You often seek friendship from a wide variety of types, making you a natural leader when it comes to “Diversity and Inclusion”.   You always look for the potential in others and thrive on considering new possibilities.  You are looked at as extremely positive, but be careful…at times this may come across as insincere. You believe in yourself and others and think that, with a little elbow grease, ANYTHING is possible.  Seeking out those smallest executable steps can be a challenge as you like to jump in with both feet, but if done properly this process will suit you very well on your road to innovation success!
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What describes your perfect day at work?
    • A. 

      Having time to get out of my cube and talk with others. It gets so boring when I work on my own and I love a fresh perspective.

    • B. 

      Being given a problem that needs to be solved…then successfully finding a solution!

    • C. 

      Getting in on time, getting out on time. Nobody bugging me with an unexpected project.

    • D. 

      When I have a great new idea and everyone gets behind it.

    • E. 

      When everything runs on time and according to schedule. This allows me more time to observe the world around me.

    • F. 

      When I don’t have a single meeting and I have complete freedom to come up with new ideas – the wilder the better!

  • 2. 
    Which one of these would you do for fun?
    • A. 

      I would go for ice cream… no, wait… pizza!

    • B. 

      Something competitive, like bowling or a board game.

    • C. 

      Who has time for fun?

    • D. 

      I would have a full schedule of activities timed out just right for the family.

    • E. 

      I would go exploring!

    • F. 

      A day at an amusement park!

  • 3. 
    What one word would your friends use to describe you?
    • A. 

      Fun

    • B. 

      Serious

    • C. 

      Intense

    • D. 

      Loyal

    • E. 

      Negative

    • F. 

      Wild

  • 4. 
    When someone approaches you with a new idea you think needs some work, you might say:
    • A. 

      “That’s so crazy, it just might work!”

    • B. 

      “That won’t work.” (honesty is the best policy)

    • C. 

      “Explain to me why you think this will work.”

    • D. 

      “Let’s get some more great minds together and see what we can come up with as a team.”

    • E. 

      “Can I take a crack at it?”

    • F. 

      “Do you mind if I think about that for a bit and get back to you tomorrow?”

  • 5. 
    You are headed to an innovation fair at work.You might be thinking to yourself:
    • A. 

      What a fun way to spend a day at work!

    • B. 

      I don’t have time for this right now, I have a critical problem I am trying to solve TODAY!

    • C. 

      I can’t wait to show them all what I’m working on.

    • D. 

      I probably won’t offer up much – but will observe and soak it all in. It will be productive.

    • E. 

      I hope I’m not the only one willing to get out of my comfort zone and really shake things up!

    • F. 

      Oh geez… not this again!

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