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Lone geniuses who hide away pondering in ivory towers seldom experience those “Aha!” moments when the proverbial lightbulb switches on above their heads. The people who develop the most innovative concepts are “idea hunters,” who constantly search for pre-existing ideas they can adapt to their own ends. Management school dean Andy Boynton, professor Bill Fischer and journalist William Bole tell illuminating tales of successful idea hunters and explain – albeit with a bit of repetition – how real innovators generate great ideas; they hunt and gather. getAbstract recommends these stories and techniques to anyone seeking creative solutions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the best way to develop a great idea is to adapt an existing idea,
  • How great innovators made unlikely connections to find their breakthrough ideas and
  • How to emulate successful “idea hunters.”

About the Authors

Dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Andy Boynton was previously a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Bill Fischer is a professor of innovation management. William Bole is a journalist.



Hunting for the Next Great Idea
At the beginning of the 20th century, adventurers flocked to Canada’s northern regions to get rich in the fur trade. These pioneers saw how the region’s aboriginal inhabitants kept their food fresh during the winter: They buried their perishable foodstuffs...

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    Tim Peacocke 6 years ago
    A good summary that reinforces thinks that you may already know, but don't always do. Good suggested approaches to breaking down your thought process to allow for new ideas and use of examples to demonstrate the point that is being made.

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