How do you come up with genius ideas? The CEOs of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. don't have to look far. The majority (28 percent) of these executives, whose companies appeared on the annual Inc. 500 list, simply turn to their customers for suggestions or read through their notes (26 percent). Another 16 percent tap employees for help with creating new products and services, no surprise given executives' concern with recruiting top talent

Check out the graphic below to see where great ideas come from: 

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