To encourage innovation, show your softer side

11/16/2009 | Bloomberg Businessweek

If you want to foster innovation, you need to embrace your neuroses, writes Saul Kaplan. Only by recognizing that something's missing, being unsparingly self-critical and welcoming even the most brutal feedback can you create something new. "The cliché that innovators have thick skin is true -- but it isn't impenetrable armor," Kaplan writes. "It is a semi-permeable membrane that enables a free flow of ideas and experiences in both directions."

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