NEVER STOP QUESTIONING – The Fish Baking Story
Friends. In the book innovator’s DNA Mastering the 5 skills of disruptive innovators. (written by jeff dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton m.christensen),
The authors outline the 5 discovery skills of disruptive innovators. and it all boils down to questioning, observing, experimenting, networking, and associating. innovation,
Ladies, and gentlemen. is not the exclusive domain of folks working in the end department of large corporations or tech executives of silicon valley. or the special “creative innovative personality types.
even little kids can trigger innovation. because they are unafraid to ask questions. and because they are driven by curiosity; constantly thinking. why, why not, what if, ETC.
my younger daughter asked me recently why the questions in her book were numbered.
NO 1 NO 2 NO 3 to which I responded it NOT Number”
it’s an abbreviation for a number. and then she asked dad, why would they abbreviate number to no.? that’s how it is always been, dear”
but daddy, the number doesn’t have an ‘o’ in it. So why is it no. why not ‘nu’?
fair point sweetheart.good observation. but that’s how we have always done it. so, kids are naturally practicing the 5 aspects of disruptive innovation. questioning, observing, experimenting, networking, and associating.
as a result, they experience plenty of aaha moments, that’s how they make sense of the world around them and that’s how they learn. an old Czech story by m hamanova goes something like this.
A young child was keeping an eye on her mother. Dinner is going to be fish. Her mother chopped the fish’s head and tail off before placing it in a baking pan. The young girl asked of her mother. Why did she chop the fish’s head and tail off? Her mother paused for a moment before saying, “I’ve always done it that way.” that’s how babicka (Czech for grandma ) did it’
The little girl, dissatisfied with the response, went to see her grandmother find out more. why she remove the fish’s head and tail before baking it Grandma pondered for a moment before responding, “I don’t know.” That’s how my mum always did it.
the little girl insisted. and grandma accompanied her to visit the great-grandma. (who’d lived through 2 world wars) to find out if she knew the answer to this mysterious family tradition. of cutting off the HEAD.and tail of fish before baking it. great grandma thought for a while and said, AH! the child that was because my baking pan was too small to fit in the whole fish. It was the most convenient thing to do!.
Lol… Hopefully, now they bake the entire fish in their home without mindlessly following what great grandmother did. because her baking pan was too small to fit in the whole fish.so much of what we do today without thinking.
is the outcome of what has been handed down to us. a lot of it is timeless, ageless wisdom.
that is passed down from generation to generation. some of it, however, required questioning, rethinking, and reimagining. and those my friends are exactly the forces that give birth to innovation .never underestimate the power. of a little child to innovate!!!.
we all have the Innovators DNA inside us it’s up to us to activate it and use it.
”The important thing” said EINSTEIN, is to never stop questioning!!”
otherwise, you too will end up baking fish by chopping off the head and tail just because your great-grandmother did the same thing this
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