Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

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The following is a short book preview about the five skills of disruptive innovators contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance
Gibb Dyer, Jr., Jeffrey H. Dyer, and William G. Dyer; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (2013)

  1. Questioning allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities.
  2. Observing helps innovators detect small details in the activities of customers, suppliers, and other companies that suggest new ways of doing things.
  3. Networking permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives by talking to individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  4. Experimenting prompts innovators to try out new experiences, take things apart, and test new ideas through pilots and prototypes.
  5. Associational thinking is a cognitive skill of finding connections among questions, problems or ideas from unrelated fields. It is triggered by new information brought in through questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting and is the catalyst for creative ideas (p. 185-186).”

Team Building is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

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