Noted NYU Stern professor Melissa Schilling has penned down a new book titled Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators who Changed the World. In this book, she charts the quirky traits of individuals that led to business innovations coming off the shelf. A lot of recent management literature around this topic has focused on the social setting and collaboration. But here Schilling takes a stance by studying eight eccentric, but game-changing innovators. She terms them as “serial breakthrough innovators” and includes- Nikola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Albert Einstein and Dean Kamen. She prepares case studies on all these individuals to bring out their unique traits. Schilling has an eye for detail. Innovators unfortunately also suffer from a trait known as hubris or self-efficacy. This otherwise ailment gets converted into positive as it provides these innovators with the self-confidence and gravitas to push forward their products or ideas. They do not blindly follow others’ diktats. Schilling also delves into how Silicon Valley based companies can harness the innovative power of such quirky individuals.


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