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The myth of the lone inventor

Everyone knows that Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon. But how many people helped him get there? Of course there was the rest of the crew: Buzz Aldrin and the oft-forgotten Michael Collins. Then, just like in the movies, there were the dozens of worried-looking mission-control staff on the ground, and notables like Van Braun—intellectual forces who drove the entire program. [97] But what about the people who made the many complicated parts ...


Cover of The Myths of Innovation


Subject Overview
Every organization relies on well-functioning teams to complete tasks, jobs, and projects. The lessons in this subject explore the factors that help ensure team success, including the recognition that any kind of progress is inevitably a collaborative effort.

Lesson Introduction
Far from being a solo activity, most creative endeavors rely on a team of contributors. Building a high-performing team requires demystifying the role of the lone inventor—and recognizing that everyone plays a role in innovation.