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Attributes of an Innovator Mindset: Adventurous

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Innovation can certainly be an adventure. It requires the courage to face uncertainty, and a willingness to take risks. The outcome is never entirely clear. Yet we must be proactive in our pursuit of it. The path is unknown so we need to be imaginative in how we seek it out. We cannot be sure what [...]

Attributes of an Innovator Mindset: Imaginative

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Great innovators are nothing if not imaginative. Imaginative in coming up with new ideas. Imaginative in finding ways to explore and test and implement those ideas. Imaginative in how they observe the world around them and gain awareness. Imaginative in how they make sense of those observations. They do not just invent new possibilities. [...]

Attributes of an Innovator Mindset: Openness

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

When we think about innovation, we tend to think of new ideas as the fuel that drives it, and ideas are certainly important. But I am convinced that they are in fact secondary, secondary to our ability to gain new insights and discover new ways to understand the world around us. Great innovators have [...]

Attributes of an Innovator Mindset: Awareness

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Innovators are skilled value-creators and they accomplish that in some very specific ways. They possess certain cognitive and behavioral attributes that—when combined at a high level—produce staggering concentrations of value. This is obviously true of renowned inventors and entrepreneurs whose ideas have changed the world and often made them quite rich. It is also [...]

The Value of an Innovator Mindset

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

When it comes to driving innovation, the single most important consideration is mindset—the mindset of those attempting to achieve innovation, and the mindset of those they encounter. No matter what the innovation challenge may be, it is issue number one and the single greatest factor in determining success or failure. That’s a claim many [...]

Innovativeness – The Ultimate Transferable Skill

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

There may be no more important capability a person can have in the 21st century than knowing how to innovate. Not just professional innovators, but every one of us. Personal innovativeness is not a single attribute, but rather a whole constellation of behaviors that in combination fulfill all of the diverse capabilities that innovation [...]

Climbing Innovation’s Value Creation Curve

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Innovation Impact, Uncategorized|

When it comes to determining whether something is a successful innovation, there is one absolutely crucial test: Does it create value? That value may come in many forms. Usefulness for the customer, profits for a company, or social good for a nonprofit, but it must be there. Creating value isn’t always enough to produce [...]

Shifting the Odds of Innovation Success

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

If I asked a group of innovation practitioners, “What are some ways to make the odds of achieving successful innovation more favorable?” I suspect I would get answers like: Look for some quick wins that are not too far from existing products, markets and capabilities. Be sure you’ve identified a legitimate unmet customer need. [...]

Boosting Personal Innovation Capacity – Iterate

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:56+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Iteration is not just about improving products and services and customer intelligence and profitability—as important as those things are. It’s about improving our thinking. What most distinguishes highly successful innovators from those who struggle, is their skill at systematically revising their own mental models—at iterating what’s happening inside their heads.

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