Good innovators keep a tool kit of killer questions, writes Chuck Frey. The best questions can be applied to a range of situations to identify unsolved problems, uncover the reasons for unexpected successes and envision possible solutions. "Great questions ... can help you to focus your thinking and lead it in fresh, new directions," Frey added.
Chinese investors poured about $5 billion into U.S. companies last year, more than twice what they invested in 2009. Experts say many of those deals are going to small businesses, especially in hot fields such as information technology, health care and clean energy.