This is the third part in a series by Scott Anthony, author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation.It sounds so seductive: a “culture of innovation.” The three words immediately conjure up images of innovation savants like ...
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At the core is what the professors call “associational thinking.”
**The ability to make connections between seemingly unconnected things.
A classic example of this is how a calligraphy class inspired Apple legend Steve Jobs’s emphasis on typography on early computers.
**The professors then detail what they call the "Innovator’s DNA,"
Four time-tested approaches successful innovators follow to gather stimuli that spur these connections:
**Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer?
**Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to new ways of thinking.
**Observing: Watching the world around them for surprising stimuli.
**Experimenting: Consciously complicating their lives by trying new things or going to new places.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
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