The Amazon controversy of using unmanned aircraft – drones – to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less shows that, when it comes to innovation, the world is divided into two types of personalities. These are referred to as the 2 P’s – the first one stands for ‘Possibilities’; this is a set of people who hear of a pioneering idea and think of all the possibilities. The other P refers to ‘Problems’; this set of people, in the same situation will think of all the problems.
Both of these personality types are important to innovation. If the world had only Possibility P’s there would have umpteen forward thinking ideas that might not have been practically thought out yet. Had there been only Problem P’s there would have been a lot of very basic, yet well thought out, ideas.
Each personality type has pros and cons. Problem P’s fear to move forward and experiment anything new, on the other hand Possibility P’s fears to stay the same for more than 10 minutes. Possibility P’s will give way to innovation and ideas which have the potential to change the world but have the risk of embarrassment whereas Problem P’s may come up with the same idea but due to various reasons refrain from sharing it.
Possibility P’s are serving the world to progress at the highest rate and Problem P’s ensure this isn’t causing commotion. Both are equally important and none is evitable.