The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation

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Innovation is a big buzzword that means different things to different people. Where do innovative and revolutionary business ideas come from? According to research by Hal Gregersen, co-author of The Innovator's DNA and executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, mastering five key skills forms the foundation for finding ideas that create value. This innovation program helps executives learn to achieve breakthrough insights through self-assessment, catalytic questioning, deep observation, diverse networking, and rapid experimentation.

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  • Jayakrishna V: A fantastic learning experience and a great insight into practical innovation. Models and content described were very relevant. I feel Clay Christensen's Innovators Dilema, Innovators DNA and Innovators Solution could be linked and discussed more in future course material. Phil Bodden was excellent and was able to clearly articulate the essence of innovation.

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  • Shih-Hui L: This is a excellent course of combination of theory and practice.

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  • Yu-Fen C: I am delighted to have the chance to take this course, especially to share the innovation experience with other participants. The lecture is useful for both academic researchers and practical executives. The innovation premium suggests that the investors appreciate the incremental value from innovation. MVP is also useful to test a new market. This course helps me to identify my own DNA of innovation. I highly recommend this course to those who are interested in implementing innovation to their organization.

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  • Lily T: Great content, format and speakers!

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  • Dani Abu G: I would say that half of the course was very good and the other half was not a good experience at all. There is an apparent gap between the style, approach and learning experience between the two professors that are giving this course. I personally did not like some of the Drama that was part of the course - it is not an MIT experience... If it wasn't for Dr. Phil, this course would have taken two or less!

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  • Marcin P: Hal did a fantastic job, dozens of examples, supported by theory presented in a practical and useful way, with a great sense of humor on top of it.

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  • Caleb J: Class was good; but needed to get to the content a little quicker

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  • Josiah G: Super Innovative. Highly recommended

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  • Louis N: This is a great course for changing your thinking and opening your mind to be an innovator. Innovation is not just about the "next big idea", but also about innovating to solve workplace challenges.

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  • Maureen D: Engaging, Interactive, Informative and Unforgettable

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Innovator's DNA Key Skills: Questioning

In this video, Hal Gregersen discusses the power of questioning (a key innovation skill) and its ability to change the status quo, both in our personal and professional lives.

Participant Testimonial

"It is a 'must-attend' course. Hal Gregersen is excellent, knows perfectly his subject and knows how to share his experience. The course provides a lot of tools and methodologies that can be used from day 1 when back at work. Acting differently to make a difference really becomes up to us, no more excuses !" -Patrick B.

Exploring the Innovator's DNA
Find out how disruptive innovators arrive at their value-generating ideas.