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(Video) The DNA Of An Innovator – Becoming An Innovation Machine

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Most people believe that you are born to be talented and if not then oh well “you are just meant to be that way”. Authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregerson & Clayton M Christensen believe otherwise. In the Book written by the said Authors “The Innovators DNA” these experts reveal in a new study what key skills are needed to develop innovative and creative entrepreneurs. In these Videos both Jeff Dyer & Hal Gregerson outline the four ways leaders come up with their great ideas.

 

(Video) Jeff Dyer: Think Like An Innovator

(Video) Hal Gregerson – The Innovator’s DNA

Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregerson & Clayton M Christensen’s Four Ways To Become An Incredible Innovator:

  • Ask the right questions. “We all know that questions are important as a catalyst for creative thought,” says Dyer. “But some people are much more inclined to question the status quo, and they tend to ask ‘what if?’ kinds of questions.” One technique that can be used to ask more provocative questions, says Dyer, is to impose constraints. “If you’re looking for innovative ideas on how to grow, you might ask ‘what if we were legally prohibited from selling our projects to any of our current customers?  How would we make money next year?’” Or, you might take the Steve Jobs approach and  try eliminating constraints by asking “what kind of product would we create if money were no object.” Either way, says Dyer, “creativity loves constraints.”
  • Observe what others don’t see.  “Some of us do it better than others,” says Dyer. “The kinds of observations that seem to make a difference for business owners are observations of customers and competitors.” Scott Cook of Intuit, for instance, always paid special attention to behavior that was in some way surprising. “The anomalies are the key,” says Dyer. “When you find the surprise, that may lead you to observe something no one has ever seen before, and that can trigger ideas for new businesses.” The best observers, he says, are people who have lived in multiple countries for three months or longer. “You more naturally tend to observe because things are different.”
  • Tap the right networks. “Typically people network for the purpose of accessing resources,” says Dyer. “And they want to talk to people like themselves.” But innovators, he says, are more likely to target people who are not like them. Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, frequently noted that he learned more from a mail room employee than from the CEO when visiting a new company. “You want to talk to people who are in different social networks than you are in,” says Dyer. “People not in your industry or in your company are more likely to give you a perspective that you haven’t heard before. The key is to talk to people from other countries, of different ages, political persuasions, and ethnic groups.”
  • Be savvy with your experiments. “Richard Branson has had 300 different Virgin businesses,” says Dyer. “Some have worked and some have failed. He is prepared to try anything once.” The idea is that you pilot your ideas quickly, get them out into the marketplace, and not be afraid of failure. There are two other ways to experiment, notes Dyer: 1. Take things apart, then put them back together again. That’s what Michael Dell did with an off-the-shelf computer, and the process gave him the idea for the Dell direct model. 2. Learn a new skill. After Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College, he decided to take a calligraphy class simply because he was intrigued by the art.  Ten years later, that exposure to calligraphy informed Job’s design of the Macintosh, which was the first computer with beautiful typography.

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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