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Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice by Rakesh Khurana, Nitin Nohria

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UNLOCKING THE SLICES OF GENIUS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION Leading for Innovation

Linda A. Hill, Maurizio Travaglini, Greg Brandeau, and Emily Stecker

THERE IS a widespread consensus that innovation is fast becoming the principal source of differentiation and competitive advantage in today’s knowledge-intensive economy.1 In a global survey of 1,000 CEOs and leaders of institutions across the public and private sectors, executives painted a surprisingly consistent portrait of the traits they believe will lead to outstanding performance. Two of the five characteristics identified were “innovative beyond customer imagination” and “disruptive by nature.”2 The message was clear—to be fit for the future, organizations have to innovate fast and boldly: ...

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