What is Innovation pH Balance?

pH balance, we all have heard it in some form or the other. Whether it is chemistry or biology, understanding pH balance plays an important part. Essentially, it is the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. In order to drive Innovation, you must maintain a pH balance and it is the Innovation pH balance. The below picture illustrates the six elements of Innovation pH balance.

The Innovation pH Balance is driven by the equation P3 + H3 = I. Now let us look at each element.

Let us look at the acidic pH elements; pH elements that are visible in a person. These are Passion, Process and Patience.  

Passion:

Passionate people have curiosity, courage and are committed. The curiosity in them is always looking to learn new things. They are courageous and will to push themselves outside the known. Passionate people are committed to exemplary work. A person with passion never takes “no” for an answer, and they can work their way around any objection. They may cut corners to achieve their goals. You will easily track a person within the team who are passionate in what they are doing. They tend to show extraversion. They tend to show, traits such as excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and high amounts of emotional expressiveness. 

Process:

A process-oriented person is detail oriented. To your colleagues you are known quantity and not a question mark when it comes getting things done. One might take longer but will have all the details during the journey. You can also easily identify a person who is process oriented, they will take good notes. They will have dates and names of each person in the meeting written at the start of the meeting. A process-oriented person tends to become agreeableness during the journey. They tend to show attributes such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviors. 

Patience

Patience is a core quality for R&D and Sales people. Any lengthy cycles to achieve your goals will require patience. For example, a sales person must have the patience to nurture leads and move deals forward over months at a time.  Looking to close the deal early can ruin the deal. Patience is also a visible element in person. A person with patience can be easily identified. We always say this person has lot of patience and when dealing with customers. They tend to show conscientiousness in their journey. Their traits include high levels of thoughtfulness, with good impulse control and goal-directed behaviors. Those high in conscientiousness tend to be organized and very detail oriented.

Now let us look at alkaline, invisible pH elements. These are Hunger, Humbleness, and Honesty.

Hunger:

A person with Hunger is always looking to do more. Hunger is good to have but Hunger without Purpose can cause problems. Hunger element by itself makes an individual to pick up wrong path to achieve their goals. But when you combine Passion with Purpose it will do wonders.

A person with Process & Patience should focus on Hunger to gain momentum in their journey.

Humbleness:

During the process of journey being Humble makes you a great team player. A person with Humble pH element will always be focused to highlight achievements of others and slow to seek attention for themselves. They will share credits and talk as collectively rather than individually. During the journey of Innovation, being humble will create moments and people will remember you.

A person with Passion & Process should focus on Humbleness element. This is a great combination for great leaders.

Honesty:

Honesty is equal to Good Character. It shows integrity. During the Innovation journey you must be honest to yourself first. In the journey of Innovation, one has been be Humble and Honest when interacting with people. Being just too honest can hurt the sentiments. A person who are honest stand up for their beliefs and are trusted by their peers.

A person with Passion & Patience should focus on Honesty element.

But a real journey of Innovation happens with all six elements in balance – Innovation pH balance. The graphic below illustrates all the six elements.

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