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How Do Innovators Behave?

“Innovators are simply much more likely to question, observe, network, and experiment compared to typical executives.”

-The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton Christensen

Research shows that two-thirds of a person’s capacity to innovate is learned, so there is hope for us mere mortals. All of the innovations we have created have been small but have made a significant difference in our business performance and satisfaction within the business. There is a wide spectrum of innovation from small incremental innovations to existing products and services, to new disruptive technologies or approaches that change economies and societies. Innovators are “learners” more than they are “knowers” because innovation is a function of one’s focus and capacity to observe, question, network, associate and experiment. As Steve Jobs said, “Think different” about your business and have fun as you innovate and self-actualize.

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