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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Innovation by Dr. Richard Brynteson

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Innovative Traits

Regardless of whether innovators are born or made, many of them have traits that push their innovation abilities:

Curiosity. Innovators and creators are curious about their world. They look below the surface of life. They do not ignore gaps in their own knowledge, but explore these gaps and attempt to fill them. Why is the sky blue and why is the river green? Why can’t we administer drugs more safely? Does the earth have to heat up so fast?

Let me tell you about one innovator, Roger, who lives in the Seattle area. He has dozens of inventions. He has a radiant heating device that is based upon lobsters’ eyes. He was walking along the wharves of Seattle once and started looking at the eyes of lobsters. How do they work, he pondered. ...

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