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Harvard Business Publishing (2011)
Chapter from:
"The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators"
28 pages


We tell children that there is no such thing as a dumb question, but so often we keep our ideas and concerns to ourselves, afraid to come across as foolish or disagreeable. But when you stifle your creative imagination, you limit your opportunities for innovation. In this chapter, authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen encourage you to channel your inner child and rediscover your spirit of curiosity. They explain how asking different and provocative questions allows you to reframe problems and uncover new and better solutions, and how questioning can be used as the creative catalyst for innovation. Along with techniques like ‘QuestionStorming,’ this chapter provides question sequences that promise to launch your inquisitive thinking in a productive direction. By pondering what might be instead of dwelling on what is, you can free yourself from the shackles of routine and stumble upon something altogether novel. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 3 of ‘The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators'.



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