3. The Scout Mindset

“Why Some People See Things Clearly, and Others Don’t” is somehow linked to the previous book; this one addresses the mindset of seeing change coming ahead of the curve, but more importantly, recognizing it for what it is and accepting it.

Scout mindset is what allows you to recognize when you are wrong, to seek out your blind spots, to test your assumptions and change course.


You will find here a call back to this previous notion of two games to play. In the words of Julia, one type of game requires ‘soldiers‘ and another one that requires ‘scouts.’ Which is an issue I often discuss when working with corporate incubators: they keep on running projects with a lot of certitudes about the market when they should launch exploration runs with eyes wide-open to the uncertainties building up around them. They’re good soldiers, not curious scouts.

A scout might hope to learn that the path is safe, that the other side is weak, or that there’s a bridge conveniently located where his forces need to cross the river. But above all, he wants to learn what’s really there, not fool himself into drawing a bridge on his map where there isn’t one in real life. Being in scout mindset means wanting your “map”—your perception of yourself and the world—to be as accurate as possible.


Anyway, if you are involved in any innovation program, this read is guaranteed to boost your innovation mindset!