Years of research on some 3,000 creative executives conducted by Professor Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of the INSEAD business school, culminated in the report “The Innovators’ DNA,” with intriguing findings that there were several personal attributes that linked all of these Steve Jobs–types. Perhaps more than anything else, what stands out is their curiosity and willingness to question—“The same kind of inquisitiveness you see in small children,” according to Gregersen. This correlates with my own informal research for my book Glimmer. I found that many of the most successful innovators, entrepreneurs, and world-changing designers were people who weren’t afraid to question everything. See this Harvard Business Review interview with Dyer and Gregersen for more background on the study.
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