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In today's fiercely competitive business world innovation is a vital force that drives the success of an organization. But most often companies rely either on whom the author names 'Group Thinkers' or on 'Expert Thinkers' not realizing that knowledge is good but to make progress change, risk taking and occasionally revolution are required. Processes are to be overhauled, assumptions challenged and taboos broken in order to give way to innovation.
This book shows exactly when innovation killing starts happening in an organization and presents the idea of using outsiders or people who are not part of a particular group or constrained by its preconceptions--to stimulate innovation. Through real-world examples, the author reveals how to identify the right people to work with and what characteristics these people will possess.
Find your way to innovation thence success.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dorothy A. Leonard
Introduction: A Crushing Force
Part I What's Weighing Us Down
Chapter 1 Our Own Worst Enemy: How the Burdern of What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine
Chapter 2 Group think: The Strongest Force on Earth: Why Sustained Innovation is so Darned Hard: Part I
Chapter 3 Expert think: Group think on Steroids: Why Sustained Innovation is so Darned Hard: Part 2
Part II Zero-Gravity Thinkers
Chapter 4 Time Travel to see the Naked Emperor: The Benefit of Psychological Distance
Chapter 5 Just Curious: The Benefit of Renaissance Tendencies
Chapter 6 Smart about Something Else: The Benefit of Related Expertise
Part III Defying Gravity
Chapter 7 The Collaborator: What Does A Zero-Gravity Thinker Actually Do?
Chapter 8 When and Where ... When Do You Need A Collaborator and Where Do You Find One?
Chapter 9 How to Work with A Zero-Gravity Thinker: Eleven Questions and Answers
Chapter 10 Do-It-Yourself Weightless Thinking: Losing the Weight of Expertise on Your Own
Chapter 11 The Courage to Go where No One has Gone Before: The Role of the Leader
Appendix A Related Expertise Grid
Appendix B A Leader's Guide