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Innovate to Win: Learn

Reaching out for Innovation


Innovation skills include having a growth mindset, questioning, connecting the dots, storytelling, networking, experimenting, and leading among others. Get a jump start your innovation skills journey with these expert recommendations.


Here are some definitions to start developing a common language.

  • Innovation – Novelty that delivers value
  • Innovation ecosystem - Refers to a regionally based network of private sector, academic, and government institutions in a network of formal and informal institutional relationships that contribute to technological and economic development in a defined technology sector or sectors. Source: 2023 National Defense Authorization Act
  • Innovation mindset – The belief that abilities, intelligence and talents are developed so that they lead to the creation of new and better ideas that add value to the organization. Source: George Courus 2015



  • The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the five skills of Disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christiansen
  • The Innovator’s Way: Essential Practices for Successful Innovation by Peter Denning and Robert Dunham.
  • The Innovation Mindset: Eight Essential Steps to Transform Any Industry by Lorraine H. Marchand with John Hanc
  • The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson
  • Everyday Business Storytelling: Create, Simplify, and Adapt a Visual Narrative for any audience, by Janine Kurnoff and Lee Lazarus
  • Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals, by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic


minimum viable podcastInnovate to Win: Defense Acquisition University and Innovation Readiness Assessment - Dr. Marina Theodotou, Lolita Horne, and Eric Ferraro - DAU.