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Leading Innovation

Book Description

Learn how to create a culture of perpetual innovation and ensure sustainable excellence. For leaders and managers who believe people are their organization’s most important asset.

Table of Contents

  1. Leading Innovation: Creating Workplaces Where People Excel So Organizations Thrive
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  3. Foreword
  4. I. Opening the LOOP on Innovation
    1. 1. The Art of Innovative Leadership
      1. A critical, simple concept
      2. Open the gates for creativity
      3. Relationships and involvement are critical ingredients
      4. The LOOP Leadership Model
      5. The elusive “simple” answer
      6. Three hopes for leading innovation
    2. 2. Innovate or Disintegrate
      1. Innovation and market value
      2. Innovation and competitive advantage
      3. Innovation, the S-curve, and white spaces
      4. What’s in innovation for you?
    3. 3. The Mental Breakdown of Innovation
      1. Creativity vs. innovation
      2. Monumental, incremental, and elemental innovation
      3. The never-ending and imperfect quest for innovation
  5. II. Linkage – Connecting People, Processes, and Profit
    1. 4. The Power of Choice
      1. Ten leadership strategies for building commitment
    2. 5. Communicating Vision and Priorities
      1. How to communicate for connection
      2. Keeping it simple
      3. Communicating with personal commitment
      4. Caring and sharing
    3. 6. Tapping the Talent
      1. The T.O.P. Model of Creativity
        1. Talent
        2. Open-mindedness
        3. Passion
      2. Invisible assets of self-directed performers
  6. III. Obstacles – What’s in the Way of Innovation?
    1. 7. Myths and Methods
      1. Four myths of innovation
        1. Myth #1 – Technology is innovation
        2. Myth #2 – Innovation is only for artists, frizzy-haired scientists, computer geeks, bosses, and other “geniuses”
        3. Myth #3 – All companies encourage people to be innovative and creative
        4. Myth #4 – Innovation is a fad that will pass
      2. Change readiness – a major obstacle to innovation
      3. Preparing people for change
      4. A simple test for change readiness
      5. How to uncover obstacles
        1. Strategy #1: Put negativity to positive use
        2. Strategy #2: Schedule sacred dinosaur hunts
        3. Strategy #3: Don’t blame technology
        4. Strategy #4: Don’t blame time
        5. Strategy #5: Challenge your assumptions
      6. How to use obstacles to drive innovation
      7. Overcoming the change obstacle
    2. 8. Foundations of an Innovative Work Environment
      1. Systemic obstacles
      2. Three tools for razing obstacles
        1. Value mistakes
        2. Protecting anonymity
        3. Looking at alternate points of view
      3. The costs of misguided management
  7. IV. Opportunities – Mess with Success
    1. 9. The Power of Mindset
      1. Creating volunteers, not victims
      2. Nurturing optimism
      3. Turning gripes into goals
      4. Finding the expert within
    2. 10. Innovation Styles and Characteristics
      1. Visioning, modifying, exploring, and experimenting
      2. Adaptor or innovator
      3. Whole brain theory
      4. Diffusion of innovation
      5. Mix and match styles for greatest innovation impact
    3. 11. Creativity Tools
      1. Improv thinking
      2. Improv practice activities
        1. 1. Ooh baby! What a really bad idea
        2. 2. One-word story
      3. Lateral Thinking
      4. Lateral Thinking exercises
      5. The Five-Hows Solutions Tool
  8. V. Plans – Turning Ideas into Actions
    1. 12. The Culture and Strategy of Innovation
      1. Seven strategies for implementing innovation
        1. 1. Keep innovation focused on the business issue
        2. 2. Secure as much support and involvement from senior leadership as possible
        3. 3. Commit to a long-term innovation strategy
        4. 4. Define what you mean by innovation
        5. 5. Assess your innovation capabilities
        6. 6. Align structures and systems to support a culture of innovation
        7. 7. Maintain and reinforce the innovation momentum
      2. The S.E.L.V.E.S. Thinking Model
        1. Statement
        2. Emotion
        3. Logic
        4. Vision
        5. Exploration
        6. Solutions
    2. 13. Decision-Making and Prioritization Tools
      1. Five guidelines for turning ideas into action
        1. Guideline #1: define specific solution criteria first
        2. Guideline #2: the process isn’t linear
        3. Guideline #3: separate the idea from its “author”
        4. Guideline #4: the number one (and number two) cause of problems – solutions
        5. Guideline #5: think ahead about possible derailment
      2. Prioritizing and evaluating ideas
        1. 1. Affinity Grouping Tool
        2. 2. Multi-Voting Tool
      3. Deciding on ideas
        1. 1. Simple Paired Comparison Tool
        2. 2. Weighted Paired Comparison Tool
        3. 3. Screening Tool
        4. 4. Effort-Impact Tool
        5. 5. Risk Analysis Tool
      4. Championing and selling ideas
      5. Committing to action
    3. 14. Destination Innovation?
      1. The payoffs of creating an innovative workforce
        1. Go for broke
        2. Create destruction
        3. Leap before looking
        4. Fire themselves
        5. Disturb the peace
        6. Learn like crazy
        7. Lighten up
      2. Final hopes and recommendations
  9. Index
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  11. Copyright