Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Five Skills that Innovators Need

Lisa Kay Solomon and Emily Shepard shared some thoughts about innovation with a Stanford Business School class. They focused on five  skills that one must master to innovate successfully. Here's their list:
  1. Observe:   Watch what others are doing, demonstrate empathy, and and record your observations of the world around you.   Keep a journal of your observations.
  2. Question:  Be curious.  Ask good questions to get out the root of the problem you are trying to solve.
  3. Associate:  Expose yourselves to environments where ideas from different domains come together.  Innovations often come from combining seemingly unrelated ideas.  
  4. Experiment:  Sketching, drawing, and storyboarding can be simple ways to play with your ideas and to test out concepts.  
  5. Network:  Don't just learn from other experts in your field.  Try to learn from people in other fields, far and wide. 

1 comment:

Prescilla Priyanka said...

Decision making refers to the mental activities that take place in choosing among alternatives. Decision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. This is one of the best skills for innovators.
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