Thinking Skills for Innovators

Building thinking skills allows for more capacity for innovation. These skills are broad, and each deserves several books themselves. Would-be innovators should focus on developing some of these.

Creative thinking. This one is obvious. One has to think outside of the box. One has to engage in lateral thinking. That is, as one’s mind wanders down railroad tracks, it needs to be derailed and set off in different directions. The mind needs to take a different perspective. Many “creativity” exercises are designed to take us off our current tracks and down some unique ones. A cook tries a different combination of spices. A parent puts together a surprising series of challenges for a birthday party. The author of the ...

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