Corporate innovators could learn a thing or two from Socrates, says former Hewlett-Packard executive Phil McKinney in this book excerpt. The Socratic method required people to accept their ignorance to uncover deeper truths, McKinney explains. "It's the same in the idea-generation process; the first step to freeing yourself to find innovations is to recognize that the knowledge you currently have is insufficient, and that you need to go out and discover new information," he writes.

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