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Keep on asking those questions!

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is an article that encourages my inquisitive side!!

From How Do Innovators Think in Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2009, by Bronwyn Fryer in an interview with Professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of Insead.  Found this in Kruse Kronicles.

The following are the top five most discovery skills that creative executives possess:

  1. “associating.” It’s a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas.
  2. questioning — an ability to ask “what if”, “why”, and “why not” questions that challenge the status quo and open up the bigger picture.
  3. ability to closely observe details, particularly the details of people’s behavior.
  4. ability to experiment — the people we studied are always trying on new experiences and exploring new worlds.
  5. good at networking with smart people who have little in common with them, but from whom they can learn.

Most important?

Questioning turbo-charges observing, experimenting, and networking, but questioning on its own doesn’t have a direct effect without the others. Overall, associating is the key skill because new ideas aren’t created without connecting problems or ideas in ways that they haven’t been connected before. The other behaviors are inputs that trigger associating — so they are a means of getting to a creative end.

Summary

You might summarize all of the skills we’ve noted in one word: “inquisitiveness.”

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