Five keys to innovation ?

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Researchers say they have identified five skills that drive innovation: 

1. Associating: The ability to connect seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas from different fields. 

2. Questioning: Innovators constantly ask questions that challenge the common wisdom. They ask "why?", "why not?" and "what if?" 

3. Observing: Discovery-driven executives scrutinize common phenomena, particularly the behavior of potential customers. 

4. Experimenting: Innovative entrepreneurs actively try out new ideas by creating prototypes and launching pilots. 

5. Networking: innovators go out of their way to meet people with different ideas and perspectives. 

Article on Cnn 

Most of it is pretty much what you would have heard before the bit that got my interest was  number 5 Networking:

"When it comes to developing your ability to innovate, Ventresca recommends simply setting aside 30 minutes a week to talk with a contact you wouldn't normally talk to — for example someone you met at conference six months ago.

Ventresca told CNN, "If you do that every week, that's 52 conversations in a year taking up 26 hours of time.

"Say 10 of those yield something interesting, and two of those 10 let you do something new and valuable — by investing just 26 hours a year you've come up with something pretty remarkable." – Mark Ventresca is a lecturer in strategic management at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School

Sounds like he's talking about social networking to me.  See I knew I wast wasting all that time I spent on twitter.

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