Very often – especially in the case of small social innovations – intuition, sometimes flash, illumination are necessary. Much less often, the beginning of innovation is a cold analysis of existing data. However, if the origins of innovation do not come from analysis, this ability is necessary at some point. In addition to the ability to formulate solutions and proposals, innovators must also be good at… asking questions.
The importance of good questions is crucial here, because when working on an innovation, we have to ask a lot of them – how do we know what the nature of the problem is, how we want to solve it, what data and experiences confirm our intuitions, what circumstances may favor our plans and what circumstances may threaten them. The ability to analyze is actually a competence used to acquire other competences. Some research activities can – sometimes even should – be entrusted to someone else.
Take advantage of the support offered, buy, ask experts. However, every innovator must have the basic ability – the readiness to ask questions, curiosity and the courage to face the answers – at least to a small extent. Without it, we run the risk of falling in love with our own idea and becoming imprisoned in our concepts.