Innovation starts with the quality of your questions

Tom Barrett
5 min readOct 28, 2022

In the final publication of the October throughline we explore how to build a culture of innovation one question at a time.

Your Snapshot​

A quick synthesis of this issue to share

💡 Innovation starts with the quality of your questions. Asking the right questions leads to new possibilities and innovative solutions.

💡 We are often drawn to ideas because we want to fix problems; starting with an idea feels safe and more fun than starting with a problem.

💡 If we want an innovative culture in our teams, we need to start with questions instead of ideas.

💡 Trust and psychological safety create the culture for collective negative capability, which John Keats coined as “the ability to live with ambiguity and uncertainty.”

💡 Commit to action by being aware of your need for certainty, make space for ambiguity and uncertainty in development work, and build trust by encouraging questions.

#289 | October 28, 2022​ | Tom x Midjourney​

Siren Call of New Ideas

We often think of innovation as coming up with new ideas, but the reality is that most new ideas are combinations of existing ones.

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Tom Barrett

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