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The Innovator's Path: How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-Usual

Book Description

A guide to creating and sustaining a culture of innovation focused on business value

The Innovator's Path introduces business readers to thought leader Madge M. Meyer's unique, cross-cultural perspective on corporate innovation. The book presents eight essential disciplines (Listen, Lead, Position, Promote, Connect, Commit, Execute, and Evolve) that pave the way for individuals, teams, and organizations to continually innovate in ways that create new business value. The author overturns existing assumptions about inspiring and managing innovation, while offering new insights and practical advice for aspiring innovators and corporate leaders. Meyer demonstrates her points by telling the stories behind many of her award-winning results and adds engaging personal anecdotes to illustrate many of her points. The book also contains contributions from an extraordinary and diverse set of industry innovators.

Offers new ways for cultivating a mindset and culture of results-focused innovation and business value creation

  • Equips CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs and aspiring innovators with proven principles and practices for leading innovation

  • Focuses her readers' attention on the eight essential disciplines that help individuals, teams, and organizations innovate more successfully

Whether your focus is on your career, your team's success, or your organization's future, The Innovator's Path provides you with the insights, strategies, techniques, and inspiration you need to accelerate your innovation progress.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright page
  4. Dedication
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Author's Note
  9. 超越創新 Introduction: Innovation and the Eight Disciplines
    1. Defining Innovation
    2. Making Innovation Business-as-Usual
    3. Different Contexts
    4. The Eight Disciplines
  10. 聽 Chapter 1: Listen
    1. Patience, Humility, Respect
    2. Listen: Levels of Effectiveness
    3. Preparing Ourselves to Listen
    4. How I Go about Listening
    5. “Listening” to the Facts
    6. Listening to What Is Not Being Said
    7. Listen—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  11. 領 Chapter 2: Lead
    1. Leadership Essentials
    2. Leading with Passion
    3. Leading with Vision
    4. Respect, Trust, and Integrity
    5. The Soft Skills of Leadership
    6. Sound Judgment
    7. Creating a Culture of Innovation
    8. Lead: Levels of Effectiveness
    9. Lead—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  12. 計 Chapter 3: Position
    1. A Roadmap for Change
    2. Positioning Our Sights
    3. Developing Our Roadmap
    4. Positioning for Change
    5. Position: Levels of Effectiveness
    6. Personal Positioning
    7. Position—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  13. 提 Chapter 4: Promote
    1. Branding
    2. The Importance of Establishing a Baseline for Innovation
    3. Promoting Our Innovation Ideas
    4. Opportunities to Promote
    5. Promote: Levels of Effectiveness
    6. Promoting State Street's Environmental Sustainability and Green Programs
    7. Promote—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  14. 連 Chapter 5: Connect
    1. Connect: Levels of Effectiveness
    2. The Connect Culture
    3. Connect and Cooperate
    4. Connecting Strategy, Processes, and Systems
    5. Ways to Connect
    6. Connecting with My Team
    7. MIT Collaborative Initiatives and the Albright Challenge
    8. Connect—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  15. 承 Chapter 6: Commit
    1. Culture and Commitment
    2. Innovation Management in the Safety Zone
    3. The IBM Way
    4. Funding as Commitment
    5. Personal and Team Commitment
    6. Timing and Commitment
    7. Commit: Levels of Effectiveness
    8. Commit—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  16. 行 Chapter 7: Execute
    1. Meeting the Highest Standard for Our Astronauts
    2. Flawless Execution
    3. Rapid Value Delivery
    4. Putting the Pieces Together
    5. Execute: Levels of Effectiveness
    6. Server Certification Process
    7. Execute—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  17. 變 Chapter 8: Evolve
    1. Overcoming Success
    2. Going Further Beyond
    3. Continual Innovation, Not Constant Change
    4. Clearing the Path
    5. Adversity and Change
    6. Evolve: Levels of Effectiveness
    7. Evolving from Certification to Cloud
    8. Evolve—Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action
  18. Afterword
  19. Appendix I: The Eight Disciplines—Summaries and Action Plans
    1. 聽 Listen
    2. 領 Lead
    3. 計 Position
    4. 提 Promote
    5. 連 Connect
    6. 承 Commit
    7. 行 Execute
    8. 變 Evolve
  20. Appendix II: Biographies of Individuals Interviewed for This Book
    1. Tenley E. Albright, MD
    2. Deborah Ancona
    3. Eugene Y. Chan, MD
    4. Gerald Chertavian
    5. Dean Kamen
    6. Tarkan Maner
    7. Tom Mendoza
    8. Admiral Michael Mullen
    9. Nathan Myhrvold
    10. Samuel J. Palmisano
    11. James S. Phalen
    12. Linda S. Sanford
    13. John Swainson
    14. John Thompson
    15. Ming Tsai
  21. About the Author
  22. Index