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Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer and Sustain Innovation by Jean-Philippe Deschamps

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CHAPTER 7
LEADING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW/IMPROVED PRODUCTS OR SERVICES REQUIRED: TEAM SPORTS COACHES TO FOSTER INNOVATION DISCIPLINE
I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?
Late Leo Durocher, famous American baseball coach
 
The most important quality I look for in a player is accountability. You’ve got to be accountable for who you are. It’s too easy to blame things on someone else.
Lenny Wilkens, famous American basketball coach1
 
A recent book, Blue Ocean Strategy, strongly advises against competing in what it calls ‘red oceans,’ along with the crowd of ‘incrementalists.’ Focusing on new/improved products or services in your traditional markets, argue its authors, will only bring you marginal benefits. ...

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