Management expert Peter Drucker said that if an established organization, which in this age necessitating innovation, is not able to innovate, it faces decline and extinction.
Today, we need innovators more than any time before. Every organization and business is feeling the impact of globalization, migration, technological and knowledge revolutions, and climate change issues.
Innovation will help both individuals and corporations to be at the top of their game.
While creativity pertains to ideas, innovation pertains to ideas implementation and requires a different set of skills.
According to the bestseller The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, what makes innovators different are the following five skills:
- Questioning: Asking questions that challenge common wisdom
- Observing: Scrutinizing customer, supplier, and competitor behaviors to identify new ways of doing things
- Networking: Meeting people with different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives
- Experimenting: Constructing interactive experiences that provoke unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge
- Associating: Connecting the unconnected across questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields