1) fearless / risk taking
Fear is the first enemy of an entrepreneur but also of an innovator. Rules are here to break in order to get to something new. There is no definition that can stop an innovator. The only rules and definitions that you should never break or ignore is the law. Everything else is up for discussion. The fear to fail does not exist in the DMA of an innovator – but the respect for others and our surroundings.
2) creative / compositive
The ability to be creativity means finding a gazillion bits and pieces in your brain and composing it in no time to a new picture. Creativity requires maximum inputs, from travel, discussions, reading… Being compositive is the ability to very quickly identify opportunities and turning them into innovation. Experiment fearlessly.
Wide open mind. Wanting to really know in detail how things work, how people do things, how we live, what the barriers are, and where the limits are. Listening to others very carefully, without constructing an argument half way through is a very important attitude to openness.
True innovators are always highly connected. Connected with their market, customers, influencers, experts, managers and others. Fearless, creative and openness helps the top innovators to easily connect.
Communication is the most important skill humans developed. We can communicate with words, text, pictures and even preserve past events. That helps us learn like no other living being can learn. Innovators master communication in a way that they can explain a prospective future. At the same time they can sit and truly listen for an hour and construct the situation they hear into a solution and opportunity that may look entirely different and even more powerful that what they hear. Learning and sharing – in this order – are the keys to innovational communication.
While we may debate what intelligence is, here is our definition: “Intelligence is the ability to comprehend a never before experienced situation, abstract the essence and developing a solution by simply thinking through as many as reasonable options without trial and error”. In that sense, innovators need to be intelligent and involve others (open connected communicative) to solve the respective problem.