The Power of Mindful Innovation

Phil McKinney
The Helm
Published in
6 min readFeb 14

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Mindful innovation is a way to approach problem-solving from a different perspective. Instead of just looking for quick ideas or relying on existing approaches, mindful innovation calls us to slow down and take the time to deeply understand the problem before attempting to solve it. It also encourages us to be open-minded and seek new perspectives and insights while considering our ideas’ impact.

Mindful innovation is a powerful tool for creating positive change in the world.

Benefits of Mindful Innovation

We can create more sustainable and successful solutions by taking a mindful approach to innovation. We can consider the effects our solutions will have on society in the long term and come up with creative ways to address these issues. Additionally, this type of innovation allows us to work collaboratively and draw on the combined expertise of multiple disciplines. Finally, mindful innovation encourages us to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our motivations, which can be invaluable to innovating.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being present with an open, accepting attitude and without judgment. It involves being aware of one’s thoughts and feelings from a place of non-judgmental observation. Mindful awareness allows us to be more conscious of our internal experience and external environment. Through mindful awareness, we can observe our thought processes and be attentive to the emotions that arise, allowing us to respond more mindfully to our challenges.

Mindfulness helps us become attuned to how we feel in the present moment and how our current thoughts may influence those feelings. Focusing on the present moment instead of worrying about the past or future can cultivate an inner sense of peace and contentment. Mindful living encourages us to take a step back from stressful situations to observe them objectively rather than getting caught up in them emotionally or cognitively. This gives us space to make choices that come from…

Phil McKinney
The Helm

// Author of Beyond The Obvious // Host of Killer Innovations podcast // Pres & CEO of CableLabs // Retired HP CTO // All opinions are mine //