INNOVATION can be trained

One’s ability to generate innovative ideas is not merely a function of the mind, but also a function of behaviors. If we can change our behaviors, we can improve our creative impact – “Clayton Christensen”

ASSOCIATING – Connecting seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas from different fields.

“Creativity is connecting things. – Steve Jobs, Apple ”.

Innovation TIP #1 – Imagine how someone from a different company would look at your challenge from an entirely new perspective. What is different?

QUESTIONING – Asking questions to understand how things really are today, why they are that way, and how they might be changed or disrupted.

“The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. –  Peter Drucker “.

Innovation TIP #2 – Brainstorm questions about the problem. Create a list of 50 questions and pick the best ones to explore further.

Questions to be answered:

  • What ?
  • Why ?
  • When ?
  • Who ?
  • Where ?
  • How ?

OBSERVING – Carefully watching the world to help gain insights into and ideas for new ways of doing things.

“Observing is the big game changer in our company.
– Scott Cook, Intuit”.

Innovation TIP #3 – Pick a company you admire to observe and follow. Find out everything you can about what the company does and how it does it. What ideas can be transferred?

EXPERIMENTING – Constantly visiting new places, trying new things, seeking new information, and experimenting to learn new things.

“I haven’t failed… I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.
– Thomas Edison “.

Innovation TIP #4  – Explore the world by engaging in new activities. Join new social or professional activities beyond your normal sphere.

NETWORKING – Going out of the way to meet people with wildly different backgrounds and perspectives to extend your own knowledge.

“People who think outside the box often talk to people who play in a different box to get new ideas. – Clayton Christensen”.

Innovation TIP #5 – Schedule breakfast, lunch or dinner with someone new every week.

“Innovators actively desire to change the status quo, and they regularly take smart risks to make it happen. – Clayton Christensen”.

Content: “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” by Clayton Christensen et al. –

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