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Chapter from: "The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

In today's global economy, corporations are under more pressure than ever to outperform competitors vying to take over their industries. How do some companies manage to trump the rest and seize the reins of an entire world market? The answer is actually quite simple-innovation. In this chapter, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen team up with Clayton M Christensen, author of the bestselling ‘The Innovator's Dilemma,’ to explain how innovation has become integral to a company's success, and why entrepreneurs and organizations alike must unleash the creative gene. The authors then introduce the five core skills of disruptive innovators, based on their study of today's most eminent executives: associating, questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting. These five skills can be learned; innovators can be made, not just born. Finally, the authors connect the innovative behaviors of leaders to their companies' own success stories. This chapter was originally published as the Introduction to ‘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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Abstract

In today's global economy, corporations are under more pressure than ever to outperform competitors vying to take over their industries. How do some companies manage to trump the rest and seize the reins of an entire world market? The answer is actually quite simple-innovation. In this chapter, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen team up with Clayton M Christensen, author of the bestselling ‘The Innovator's Dilemma,’ to explain how innovation has become integral to a company's success, and why entrepreneurs and organizations alike must unleash the creative gene. The authors then introduce the five core skills of disruptive innovators, based on their study of today's most eminent executives: associating, questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting. These five skills can be learned; innovators can be made, not just born. Finally, the authors connect the innovative behaviors of leaders to their companies' own success stories. This chapter was originally published as the Introduction to ‘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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