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Discovery Skill #4

Networking

“What a person does on his own, without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of others, is even in the best of cases rather paltry and monotonous.”

—Albert Einstein

THINKING OUTSIDE THE box often requires linking the ideas in your area of knowledge with those of others who play in different boxes, who are outside your sphere. Innovators gain a radically different perspective when they devote time and energy to finding and testing ideas through a network of diverse individuals. Unlike typical delivery-driven executives who network to access resources, sell themselves or their companies, or boost their careers, innovators go out of their way to meet people with different backgrounds and perspectives ...

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