Why are some companies able to create and sustain a high innovation premium while others don’t?

Innovative LeaderThe behavior of leaders matters—big time. In a study on disruptive innovators published with Clayton Christensen in The Innovator’s DNA, there were found 5 “discovery skills” that distinguished innovators from non-innovators.  Innovators ask provocative questions that challenge the status quo.  They observe the world like anthropologists to detect new ways of doing things.  They network with people who don’t look or think like them to gain radically different perspectives.  They experiment relentlessly to test new ideas and try out new experiences.  Finally, these behaviors trigger new associations which let them to connect the unconnected, thereby producing disruptive ideas.

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