[Read] Five Mental Habits of Innovative People

Professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of Insead surveyed more than 3,000 creative executives and found that many of these out-of-the-box thinkers shared five mental traits that promoted creativity. What are they?

  • Associating ??? a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas.
  • Questioning ??? an ability to ask ???what if???, ???why???, and ???why not??? questions that challenge the status quo and open up the bigger picture.
  • Observing ??? an ability to closely observe details, particularly the details of people???s behavior.
  • Experimenting ??? innovative people are always trying on new experiences and exploring new worlds.
  • Networking ??? creative people are really good at networking with smart people who have little in common with them, but from whom they can learn.


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