Questions on Innovation

I got a list of questions to probe people’s innovation ability. Here is the list, and I think it is well thoughts and written.

  • Finds new ideas by relating out-of-industry trends and patterns to the business.
  • Creatively solves challenging problems by drawing on diverse ideas or knowledge.
  • Often finds solutions to problems by drawing on solutions or ideas developed in other industries, fields, or disciplines.
  • Frequently connects ideas from industries or situations unrelated to our business (often through analogy).
  • Frequently thinks ‘outside the box’ and others comment on this ability.
  • Frequently has ideas or perspectives that diverge radically from others’ perspectives.
  • Does careful analysis to make well-thought-out decisions at work.
  • Strongly prefers to make data-driven decisions rather than rely on gut instinct or intuition.
  • Insists on realism and facts when making decisions.
  • Does not jump into new projects and ventures or act quickly without careful thinking and analysis.
  • Constantly asks thought-provoking questions to get at the root of the problem.
  • Frequently asks questions to understand why products and projects under perform.
  • Asks insightful ‘what if’ questions that provoke exploration of new possibilities and frontiers.
  • Often asks questions that challenge the status quo.
  • Regularly asks questions that challenge others’ fundamental assumptions.
  • Excels at breaking down a goal or plan into the micro tasks required to achieve it.
  • Consistently creates detailed plans to get work done.
  • Regularly makes and follows plans to accomplish work.
  • Does work according to an organized plan.
  • Is incredibly well-organized in work life.
  • Gets innovative ideas by directly observing how people interact with products and services.
  • Has a continuous flow of new business ideas that comes through observing the world.
  • Regularly observes the activities of customers, suppliers, or other companies to get new business ideas.
  • Often pays attention to everyday experiences to get new ideas.
  • Is very observant of the world.
  • Must have everything finished ‘just right’ when completing a work assignment.
  • Pays attention to details at work.
  • Is careful to avoid making mistakes.
  • Focuses on the details to make sure work is done precisely.
  • Consistently follows through on all commitments and finishes what is started.
  • Has a history of taking things apart to see how they work.
  • Actively searches for new ideas through experimenting.
  • Frequently experiments to create new ways of doing things.
  • Is adventurous, always looking for new experiences.
  • Always follows through to complete a task, no matter what the obstacles are.
  • Holds self and others strictly accountable for getting results.
  • Doesn’t need a push to get started on new tasks and assignments.
  • Doesn’t procrastinate on things that should get done.
  • Regularly meets with people outside of the immediate industry to find best practices and spark new ideas.
  • Regularly talks with a diverse set of people (e.g., from different business functions, companies, industries, geographies, etc.) to find and refine new business ideas.
  • Actively seeks out individuals from very different backgrounds who can help find and evaluate new ideas.
  • Frequently interacts with a large network of contacts to get ideas for new products, services, and customers.
  • Attends many diverse professional and/or academic conferences outside of the immediate industry/profession.
  • Is not afraid of making big mistakes.
  • Frequently takes risks.
  • Has a strong desire to change the world.
  • Thrives on changing the status quo.
  • Creates an environment where others share diverse types of knowledge to discover unexpected connections among ideas.
  • Encourages others to draw on diverse ideas or knowledge to creatively solve challenging problems.
  • Engages others often in brainstorming to generate wild or very different ideas.
  • Cultivates an environment that supports the open sharing of different, innovative ideas.
  • Promotes asking “why” questions to get at the root of a problem.
  • Encourages others to ask questions that challenge the status quo or conventional ways of doing things.
  • Encourages others to ask “what if” questions to explore new frontiers and possibilities.
  • Cultivates new ideas by giving people frequent opportunities to observe the activities of customers, competitors, or suppliers.
  • Provides adequate time for others to directly observe how people interact with our products and/or services.
  • Encourages others to pay careful attention to everyday experiences in search of surprising, new ways of doing things.
  • Encourages others to be adventurous and seek out new experiences.
  • Praises others for experimenting with new ways of doing things.
  • Actively supports experimenting by others to discover and develop new ideas.
  • Provides opportunities for others to network with individuals from very different backgrounds or perspectives.
  • Encourages others to engage in frequent conversations with a diverse set of people (e.g., from different professions, business functions, companies, industries, geographies, etc.) to find and refine new ideas.
  • Supports others’ attendance at professional or academic conferences or events to meet people outside of their profession, function, industry, or geography.
  • Encourages others to challenge the status quo.
  • Supports others’ efforts to initiate significant changes in how we do things.
  • Encourages people to take risks.
  • Advocates taking risks to pursue interesting new ideas or paths of action. 68.
  • Stays more informed about industry and technology trends than colleagues.
  • Does not make rash decisions.

3 thoughts on “Questions on Innovation

  1. Lucy Haye

    We agree that the “:Â….educational system was hijacked by “”scientistsÂ…””. In the Occidental Society is also hijacked by “”scientists”” because they are making it for a living inventing unnumbered fantasies that we know as FANTASIA.

    This post is related to China (India also) construction of a new Neutrino Detector that Dr, Carezani, with his New Paradigm in Physics-Cosmology, is proving, without any doubt that the Neutrino doesn’t exist. Please see:

    http://autodynamicslborg.blogspot.com/2011/06/never-any-detector-detected-any.html

    Please try to spread this to Physics Students and Professors especially translated to your language.

    Thanks in Advance

    Lucy Haye Ph. D.

    SAA’s representative

    Non-Profit Scientific Society.

    Long Beach, CA – USA

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