QuoteOriginally posted by: exneratunriskQuoteOriginally posted by: SierpinskyJanitordont know exneratunrisk, I cant really say much about other than finance, IT and physics.First hand it was a surprise when I read "scientific method", "lectures", "mentors" are assessed as innovation stoppers, but the more I brood, the more I think they are good for incremental innovation, but radical innovation might rather come from unexpected-critical barriers, danger, ... in "life" situations?Indeed! "War" is listed as a obstacle, and yet it's historically been a huge motivator for innovation both on the discovery side and the early-development side. Some of the listed obstacles (e.g. "Critical Thinking", "Competition", "Performance Reviews") seem like strong contributors to innovation as long as they are used in moderation. For example, "Lectures" and "Mentoring" are good in moderation (as long as they don't become the dogma of excessive "Tradition") because they are efficient knowledge transfer activities. In fact I'd say that "Lectures" + "Critical Thinking" may be especially powerful because it primes the listener to look for "things-that-are-said-but-untrue" and "things-that-are-unsaid-and-awaiting-discovery". Note that even "Tradition" can be an aid to innovation to the extent that Tradition creates a worry-free segment of one's life so that one can devote cognitive resources to an innovative problem.