Question: If what we know kills innovation, then how can we safeguard against it for our most crucial challenges?

Answer: Temporarily introduce one (or more) Zero-Gravity Thinkers to our teams.

Zero-Gravity Thinkers are team members (individuals or sometimes an outside group of people) who help us escape the weight of what we know. In Part III of this book we will discuss the roles they can play and when they should play them, but this portion of the book is devoted to describing who Zero-Gravity Thinkers are. Helping teams defy gravity after all, isn’t something just anyone can do.

The Zero-Gravity Thinker has three primary characteristics: psychological distance from the team, renaissance tendencies, and related ...

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