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Making Innovation Happen

A Global Aggregation of Leading Edge Articles on Management Innovation, Creative Leadership, Creativity and Innovation.  

This is the official blog of Ralph Kerle, Chairman, the Creative Leadership Forum. The views expressed are his own and do not represent the views of the International or National Advisory Board members. ______________________________________________________________________________________


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How To Recognise The Entrepreneur fromThe Strategy Consultant - Auren Hoffman, Angel Investor, CEO Rapleaf

The Entrepreneur is very different from the typical McKinsey-esque strategy consultant. Both are extremely smart, driven, persistent, creative, and determined. But I have found that there are some major differences. First, entrepreneurs tend to take more ownership of their jobs. My definition of an enEvSC phrenology-of-the-entrepreneurtrepreneur is someone who steals office supplies from home and brings them to work. Second, most entrepreneurs I know tend to be B students in college. The entrepreneur never got straight A's because either:

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The Darker Side of Creativity - Original Thinkers Can Be More Dishonest - Harvard Business Review

Professors Francesca Gino and Dan Ariely offer this controversial view of creative beahviour and thinking.

Creativity is a common aspiration for individuals, organizations, and societies. Here, however,
we test whether creativity increases dishonesty. We propose that a creative personality and
creativity primes promote individuals’ motivation to think outside the box and that this increased
motivation leads to unethical behavior.

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Leading Outside the Lines - How To Synthesise Metrics and Informal Communication - Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan, s + b

Integrating formal metrics and informal communication can lead to new levels of performance. Ed Carolan knows a lot about making soup. He also is a master at using performance objectives to motivate frontline workers. From early 2007 through 2009, Carolan was the general manager for StockPot, a business group within the Campbell Soup Company that makes fresh refrigerated soup for the food-service industry. (He has since moved on to become senior vice president and general manager for the snacks division of Pepperidge Farm, another Campbell Soup brand.)

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What We Look for in Founders - A Paul Graham Essay

This has turned out to be the most important quality in startup founders. We thought when we started Y Combinator that the most important quality would be intelligence. That's the myth in the Valley. And certainly you don't want founders to be stupid. But as long as you're over a certain threshold of intelligence, what matters most is determination. You're going to hit a lot of obstacles. You can't be the sort of person who gets demoralized easily.

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Emotional Commitment at Work - Bury My Heart in Conference Room B | Change This

From the latest Change This, a nice short presentation by Stan Slap of "slap" entitled Bury My Heart in Conference Room B - Emotional Commitment at Work

The Abstract

“A manager’s emotional commitment is the ultimate trigger for their discretionary effort, worth more than financial, intellectual and physical commitment combined. It’s the kind of commitment that solves unsolvable problems, creates energy when all energy has been expended, and ignites emotional commitment in others, like employees, teams and customers. Emotional commitment means unchecked, unvarnished devotion to the company and its success; any legendary organizational performance is the result of emotionally committed managers.”