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“If your goal is innovation, then your role must instead be to create an environment—a setting, a context, an organization—where people are willing and able to do the hard work of innovation themselves: to collaborate, learn through trial and error, and make integrated decisions.”



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The values of innovative groups

Values define what is important to a group. They determine the group's priorities. Innovative groups share four core values: 

  • Bold ambition: A group with a bold purpose will take on big challenges. Bold groups want to improve the world, and they feel they can improve i...


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Leading innovation

Good leaders encourage discovery and innovation.

  • Leaders ensure their organisations are collaborative and make integrative decisions.
  • They help with conflict resolution without providing a solution to a group.
  • They encourage multiple opinions.


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Creating an innovation ecosystem

Some challenges are so big and complex that they require multiple disciplines to deal with them, often beyond a single organisation.

Unlike innovative teams within a single company, teams across organisations often feel competitive or hostile to one another. Leaders may focus too much on th...


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Creative friction

Good ideas are shaped by discussion, debate and conflict. For people to be creative and innovative, they need to be good at disagreeing while staying respectful and treating each other as equals.

Creative abrasion is a skill that can be learned:

  • A di...


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Creative resolution

Ideas are created through discussion and conflict, and solutions are tested via trial and error. The next part is creative resolution. Here it is important to balance perseverance with endurance.

At this point, the leader establishes the bo...


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The collective genius

Innovation is often a group effort, not an isolated individual who works alone.

Better ideas arise when people with different views can express their ideas and receive feedback. Innovations are discovered after countless experimentation and trial and error. This can take ti...


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The traditional model of leadership

The traditional leadership model tends to squash creativity. The boss creates the ideas, then tells everyone what they should do. This model doesn't work when the goal is to create something new because even the leaders don't know the outcome.

To cultivate innovative co...


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Creative agility

Creative agility is the groups' ability to continually find out what works. Learning and development are balanced with tangible results.

Constant experimentation stimulates innovation. When the path forward is unclear, the ag...


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Collective genius needs leadership

Innovation needs paradoxical qualities: Freedom and restraint. Unleashing and harnessing resources like talent and ideas. Harmony in the team and conflict.

  • A good leader encourages people to express their viewpoints. They create an open environment where people feel co...


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Building a creative community

People want to feel like they're part of a community and work on something bigger than themselves. A brand can be used to unite and motivate employees around a common purpose.

Leaders create the space for innovation. They create an environment in which peop...


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"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." - Lincoln

The author argues that the traditional autocratic leadership model does not work for innovative businesses. Instead, innovation requires a different type of leader that can foster a stimulating and supportive working environment.

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Changing your context

Changing your context

Your context influences your decisions. If you make an effort to control your environment, you won't have to exert self-control.

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