Finding Innovative Ideas with The Innovator’s DNA

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

Here’s an idea for you from the Innovator’s DNA that I thought was worth sharing. If you want to innovate, you need to ask questions. More importantly, you need to ask the right type of questions.

The goal is to challenge assumptions, make new connections, and see past what’s already there. This doesn’t happen by asking a random scattering of questions but through a disciplined practice.

Here’s how they sum up the approach in the book:

During interviews with disruptive innovators, we noticed not only a high frequency of questions but a pattern as well. They started with a deep-sea-like exploration of what currently is and then rocketed to the skies for an equally compelling search for what might be. Focusing on what is, they asked lots of who, what, when, where, and how questions (as world-class journalists or investigators do) to dig beneath the surface and truly “know the place for the first time” (as poet T. S. Eliot observed).

Essentially, you need to be able to see the entire box before you can see outside the box. Only by asking the right questions can you get build the full picture necessary to find a transformative solution to the challenge.

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  • http://twitter.com/SmartSoftMarket Smart Soft Market

    Makes sense. For totally new ideas you need to be expert enough to grok a subject, then stand back, relax dream the big picture

    • http://www.arandomjog.com/ Joshua Duncan

      Thanks for the comment. 

      Interesting comment on relaxing. The book also went down that path that you can’t force innovative ideas. Most innovators talk about the ideas coming to them when they were relaxed (in the shower type scenarios) and not trying to make it happen. 

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