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Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, Paddy Miller

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CHAPTER 6
STEALTHSTORM

HOW TO HELP PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE POLITICS OF INNOVATION

STEALTHSTORMING RULES

Leaders must help people deal with organizational politics

Many people, especially those who are creative, harbor a sound hatred for corporate politics. Secure in the conviction that a good idea should win on its own merits, some innovators neglect or even refuse to deal with the realpolitik of working in a big organization. That is a problem because successful innovation is as much about politics as it is about having a great idea. Dealing with corporate politics is like sailing in a strong crosswind. If people stubbornly ignore it, it will slow them down, blow them off course, or throw them onto the rocks. But if they manage to harness its ...

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