It is a tool created more than ten years ago by Gérard Puccio, to measure the preferences of individuals among the key stages of the innovation process: clarification of the initial challenge, generation of ideas, development of ideas in solutions and implementation.
The goal: to encourage creativity, to promote collaborative work and to value each other’s strengths!
Indeed, in a process of change, each of us is naturally attracted to a mode of thought and interaction: the Foursight ™ profile thus gives us benchmarks and allows us to identify our trends, which stimulates us or the stage of the innovation process in which we are most comfortable. But beware ! Do not confuse “preference” and “competence”: this tool is not used to categorize people … let alone to stick a label.
The four “faces” of innovation
The Clarifiers: “A well-posed problem is with the ¾ solved” (A. Einstein)
Methodical and orderly, Clarifiers take pleasure in exploring the contours of a problem, in examining all the details and doing a lot of research before venturing into the emergence of ideas. The risk: to be “paralyzed” when analyzing all the facts, figures and data of a situation.
The Ideas: “Eureka! I have an idea … then two, then three! “
The imagination is the engine of the Ideas. Intuitive and flexible, they play willingly with the possibilities while having a global view of the subject. They do not hesitate to multiply ideas, to bounce from one solution to another without worrying about the details and without trying to bring them to term. The risk: stay in the abstract and develop no idea.
The Developers: “Anything worth doing, deserves to be done well” (Lord Chesterfield)
Pragmatic and structured, Developers express themselves in the planning and refinement of projects. They like to turn abstract ideas into practical and practical solutions, they attach importance to sorting and selecting the best possible solution. On the other hand, they may find themselves stuck in the search for perfection.
The Directors: “Let’s go!”
Directors like to turn ideas into reality. Their engine: action! Stimulated by the implementation and tangible results, they have a strong propensity to want to make things happen … sometimes with a little too much impatience.
The ideal project group? A heterogeneous group where each profile can express its strengths and advance the global innovation process!
How to define your Foursight ™ profile?
Gérard Puccio’s tool has been the subject of many years of research and experimentation. It is in the form of a test of forty questions and an analysis grid interpreted by certified consultants. Impossible to guess the profile of people without having done the test because many shades and combinations are possible, highlighting subtleties in the preferences of individuals.
As you can see, the ultimate goal is to get to know each other better and to work together better for a better innovation