1. Produce and test more ideas. Persistence and productivity are the key. Edison held 1,093 patents - a record that's yet to be broken.
2. Employ "wrong-thinking." Divergent, silly or far-fetched thinking allows exploration of the full realm of possibilities for a solution.
3. Embrace failure. Whereas the everyman might feel embarrassment in making a mistake, the inventor sees an opportunity for learning.
4. Sketch ideas. Even in our screen-obsessed era, effective innovators still hash out ideas on paper.
5. Trust intuition. Einstein always said that if he wasn't a physicist, he would have been a musician. He was more rooted in intuition and imagery than logic and equations.
6. Love tinkering. All inventors are die-hard tinkerers. They're fascinated with understanding how things work, and then making them better.
7. Possess a boundless curiosity. Leonardo Da Vinci was an engineer, mathematician, architect, painter, sculptor, cartographer, botanist, and inventor.
Having creative solutions, being creative, inspiring creative ideas, being a creative leader – these are the performance factors upon which to build a reputation It’s not about getting things done. It’s about making things happen one step at a time.