Who do we value more? Conceptualists or Experimentalists?

 It is possible to group creative personalities in to two camps, conceptual innovators and experimental innovators.

Conceptual innovators make fundamental changes, bold dramatic leaps of creativity; constantly reinventing themselves and their world.  Artists like Picasso and Edvard Munch are good examples of conceptualists. 

Experimentalists, on the other hand. work endlessly towards perfecting a technique, making incremental changes towards perfection.  Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, and Paul Cezanne are examples of experimentalists.  Cezanne said about his own craft, "the progress is endless.”

It can be tempting in the fast-paced world of modern innovation and disruptive technology to favour the more conceptual individual.  The team member who comes up with the next big idea, the new concept that will cause sweeping change across the organisation.  We often identify and reward those individuals as their ideas are easy to measure and understand.

However, experimentalists who make slower, incremental changes to current processes may have a greater overall impact on profitability and total employee experience but can easily get overlooked in the shadow of their conceptual counter parts.

It is vital when creating an inclusive culture that we recognise the hidden benefits that diverse personality types can bring to our organisations.