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Renee Hopkins Presides Over Innochat, Your Thursday Dose of Innovation Chatter

The combined wisdom of nearly 800 tweets on Innovation Models & Processes.

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Central time, the #Innochat hashtag kicks into gear and for the next hour innovation is on everyone’s twips. Follow along, join in and you’ll meet some of the most innovation-savvy people ¬†on the planet. People such as Julian Keith Loren from San Francisco, who wrote:

@jkloren Customers push org to homogeneity. Need a heterogeneous sensing network, separate. #innochat

Sure, 140 characters doesn’t allow a lot of context, but I get Loren’s drift. Customer pressures can push an organization to follow the same pathways again and again. Maybe we need a heterogeneous sensing network. Do they sell that at the Apple store?

Innochat is a 181 member (and growing) group of why-curious people who tweet about various aspects of innovation, which Innochat member Caroline Di Diego defines as:

@CASUDI To inno is to dev tech, product, market, and org simultaneously. #innochat

Short, clear and to the point, I like that.

Renee Hopkins is the Innochat wagon master, but she is quick to credit group members who develop topics and lead discussions.

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The Innovator’s DNA: Five Skills That Result in Big Ideas

“It’s the same kind of inquisitiveness you see in small children.”

The Innovator's Dilemma BookIn a study reported in the Harvard Business Review, three scholars have identified what they say are five specific skills commonly used by innovative CEOs. They discuss their findings here.

According to Jeffrey H. Dyer, a professor at Brigham Young University and a co-author of the study, the most innovative CEOs spend 50 percent more time on these “Discovery Skills” than the rest of us working stiffs.

“All the innovative entrepreneurs…talked about being triggered, or having what you might call ‘eureka’ moments,” he explained. “In describing how they came up with a product or business idea, they would use phrases like ‘I saw someone doing this, or I overheard someone say that.'” That’s when he understood that creative executives have an inquisitiveness that causes them to search for new ideas all around them.

Co-author Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School agrees. “I spent 20 years studying great global leaders, and that was the big common denominator. It’s the same kind of inquisitiveness you see in small children.”

So, since you’re wondering, here are the five skills:

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