Here is something to look into, for anyone who cares about having
an inventor's mind - TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving),
a methodology for creative engineering design developed in the
1960s. This is one of the great timeless things, similar to
McLuhan's "Understanding media" and Ashby's "Introduction to
cybernetics". TRIZ has a fairly solid background - it took
200,000 patents to analyse to discover and describe how innovation
takes place. It's more than a methodology of being an innovator
(no genetics!), it's a way of thinking: beyond one's own experience
and across disciplines.
TRIZ makes a whole lot of sense to me; wholeheartedly advise to check
If anyone decides to go for a more serious read, the original
"Innovation Algorithm" book by Genrich Altshuller is probably the best
one around (English translation could have been better, but the
content is well-written).