Betty Vandenbosch and Argun Saatcioglu recognised 5 idea management types: Incrementalists, Consensus builders, Searchers, Debaters and Assessors.
Could you guess who you are?
Ask yourself about key idea management components:
- When you have to make a decision, what do you rely on?
- Is it easy to you to make decision?
- Do you like ideate alone or with your team? What is group thinking for you?
- Are you imaginative?
- Do you like taking control or delegating?
- Are you ready to changes? Even in your everyday routine?
- How do you search information and where?
- How about standardized rules and procedures? Are they necessary?
- What does progress mean to you?
base their decisions on their own experience. They are quite rigid and seem to be unimaginative, however they are great at preparation, setting goals and education or rules compiliance. Most of us could be Incrementalists. Consensus builders
do not rely on their own background as much as Incrementalists. They also prefer observe how others will cope with some issue. Consensus builders are very team addicted but creativity is not their forte. Searchers
. The name tell us about the main point: searchers adore search. In some way new information and its sources are very useful for creativity, but searchers have a great deal of difficulty in stop searching. They are creative and promote new initiatives indeed. Debaters
are on the side of experiments. Debaters moto: "Truth is born of arguments". Good point: before making a decision they will overthink the situation. Assessors
are the most singular phenomenon. We could say it's a sort of combination of 4 other types, they are flexible and try to revisit everything for better solution.