Book Review: The Innovator’s DNA

If you’ve ever sat and wondered what makes some of the world’ most successful business leaders different from the rest of us, The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, the new book from Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christentsen has the answers.

And, according to this text, the answer lies in five distinct skills that they possess. The good news is that you can train yourself to get better at each individual skill in order to become an innovator. The book walks you through each skill and provides various tips and exercises for its readers who are interested in becoming more like Steve Jobs and other successful business men and women.

The 5 Discovery Skills, as they’re called, are:

  1. Associating
  2. Questioning
  3. Observing
  4. Networking
  5. Experimenting

The true nature of an innovator is seen in the way they conduct themselves. In order to seek out new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of doing things, you have to be curious, creative, and inquisitive. They are a different breed of people, and this book dives deep into the heart of why.