The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

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by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1422134814

ISBN-13: 9781422134818

Pub. Date: 07/19/2011

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press


A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation.

In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, How Will You Measure Your Life?)

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A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation.

In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, How Will You Measure Your Life?) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.

By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators—from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.

Once you master these competencies (the authors provide a self-assessment for rating your own innovator’s DNA), the authors explain how to generate ideas, collaborate to implement them, and build innovation skills throughout the organization to result in a competitive edge. This innovation advantage will translate into a premium in your company’s stock price—an innovation premium—which is possible only by building the code for innovation right into your organization’s people, processes, and guiding philosophies.

Practical and provocative, The Innovator’s DNA is an essential resource for individuals and teams who want to strengthen their innovative prowess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422134818
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
138,843
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Disruptive Innovation Starts with You

1 The DNA of Disruptive Innovators 17

2 Discovery Skill #1: Associating 41

3 Discovery Skill #2: Questioning 65

4 Discovery Skill #3: Observing 89

5 Discovery Skill #4: Networking 113

6 Discovery Skill #5: Experimenting 133

Part 2 The DNA of Disruptive Organizations and Teams

7 The DNA of the World's Most Innovative Companies 157

8 Putting the Innovator's DNA into Practice: People 175

9 Putting the Innovator's DNA into Practice: Processes 193

10 Putting the Innovator's DNA into Practice: Philosophies 215

Conclusion: Act Different, Think Different, Make a Difference 235

Appendix A Sample of Innovators Interviewed 241

Appendix B The Innovator's DNA Research Methods 245

Appendix C Developing Discovery Skills 249

Notes 261

Index 269

Acknowledgments 283

About the Authors 295

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The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about innovation. 
Kurt_Manwaring More than 1 year ago
Few qualities separate inordinately successful entrepreneurs from the rest of the pack than the ability to innovate. Many have debated whether individuals are born with this quality or whether it can be nurtured. In The Innovator’s DNA, Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen, explain that while genetics play a role, innovation is most certainly a skill that can be learned. In particular, the authors introduce and expound upon five “discovery skills” found in the leaders of some of the most innovative companies in the world: (1) associating, (2) questioning, (3) observing, (4) networking, and (5) experimenting. Each discovery skill is accompanied by real-world examples and pragmatic exercises that make the book unusually valuable in an age where copious books on change, leadership, and innovation overwhelm the already-overwhelmed executive. I give The Innovator’s DNA an exceptional five stars out of five. The authors present a very readable book and provide concrete exercises for developing innovative skills. Using the principles provided in the book, I created a folder on my computer that I call my “Innovation Room.” I use this to track progress as I work through various exercises and as I take time to ponder about how to apply innovative solutions to extant problems in Utah. This book was and will continue to be useful to me, and is recommended as a must-read for those interested in adding rare innovative attributes to their arsenal of problem-solving and decision-making skills.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Innovation gurus Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen studied today’s innovators and synthesized their findings into this immediately applicable handbook. They never oversimplify or suggest that innovation always succeeds, but they do indicate that the practices they identified in their research correlate with commercial achievement. getAbstract recommends their expert compilation to those who want to become more innovative, to business leaders seeking to revitalize their firms and to trainers who want to help learners think more creatively.
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