What are the five skills and why are they used?
We interviewed over a hundred fairly well-known famous disruptive innovators. And when we got through with all those interviews, we realized: 'There are patterns here.' And the patterns were behaviours which we are calling skills. The things we can get better at if we try. So these five skills are: We question the world provocatively, we challenge a status quo with our questions. We observe, very carefully, like anthropologists. Our ears, our eyes, our nose, our senses are very open to the world. We talk to different people. In other words: We network for ideas. And we are conscious about going to lunch, going to dinner, having conversations in the hallway with folks who don't look like us. They don't have our backgrounds, or functional backgrounds or professional backgrounds, our ethnic backgrounds. They are different from who we are. They also experiment, they try out new things, new foods, new places, new directions. They are willing to take stuff apart and figure out how it works. They prototype and experiment just to figure out a different way of putting something together. Those are the behaviours of how these innovators act. And the key thing is, they act differently. They question, observe, experiment and network for ideas in order to think differently. And that is the fifth skill. We think associationally when we're getting new ideas. We connect this with that and nobody else has ever done that before. And those are the five skills that not only these famous people use in order to get their great ideas. But we also surveyed 6000 managers, executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, on those same five skills. and discovered that when anyone does enough of those skills, the statistics or probabilities are in their favour. They will get new ideas about new businesses, new products, new services, new processes or ways of doing things, that create value for somebody else.
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