Tool #1: Finding the Right Question
To generate an innovative answer requires asking the right question. Curiosity, a characteristic inherent to innovators, stimulated them to ask reams and reams of questions. Random questions, however, are like throwing darts blindfolded. Somehow innovators found their way to asking the right question in the right way
A more unique characteristic of the questions asked by creative scientists is that they were big. Most scientists restrict their curiosity to precisely limited elaborations of existing theory. Iconic innovators (to turn a phrase) asked big, hairy, audacious questions.