14 October 2009

How Do Innovators Think?

This article by Bronwyn Fryer 'How Do Innovators Think' explores the topic based on a comprehensive 6 year study of 3,000 creative executives. The study shows that there are five 'discovery skills' that distinguish them:

Associating - a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas.

Questioning — an ability to ask "what if", "why", and "why not" questions that challenge the status quo and open up the bigger picture.

Observation of details - particularly the details of people's behavior.

Experimentation — trying on new experiences and exploring new worlds.

Networking - with smart people who have little in common with them, but from whom they can learn.

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