To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate/ Design News

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A new book by Thomas Edison’s great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.

StartUP Product‘s insight:

Edison “viewed collaboration as the beating heart of his laboratories, a sustaining resource that fueled the knowledge assets of his sprawling innovation empire.”

Encourage diverse viewpoints

  • In a real collaboration, there should be a focus on learning from others and leveraging their strengths
  • it’s very important that they learn someone else’s language and see the problem from their perspective (cross-functional)

Consider at least three options

  • consider multiple options

Always consider the customer

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