Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation


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Named one of "10 Management Classics for 2022" by Thinkers50

Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot?

You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how.

Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization.

Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires.

Collective Genius will not only inspire you; it will give you the concrete, practical guidance you need to build innovation into the fabric of your business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422130025
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 565,269
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative. She is the author of Becoming a Manager and coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.

Greg Brandeau, long-time head of technology at Pixar Animation Studios, is a former EVP and CTO for The Walt Disney Studios.

Emily Truelove is a researcher and PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kent Lineback has spent more than twenty-five years as a manager and executive and, before that, several years as a consultant and a creator of management development programs. He has collaborated on several books, including Being the Boss.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Collective Genius Looks Like: Ed Catmull at Pixar Animation Studios 9

Chapter 2 Why Collective Genius Needs Leadership: The Paradoxes of Innovation 25

Chapter 3 Recasting the Role of the Leader: Vineet Nayarat HCL Technologies 45

Part I Leaders Create the Willingness to Innovate

Chapter 4 Creating a Community: Luca de Meo at Volkswagen 73

Chapter 5 Beyond Purpose: Values and Rules of Engagement: Kit Hinrichs at Pentagram 95

Part II Leaders Create the Ability to Innovate

Chapter 6 Creative Abrasion: Greg Brandeau at Pixar Animation Studios 121

Chapter 7 Creative Agility: Philipp Just us at eBay 147

Chapter 8 Creative Resolution: Bill Coughran at Google 169

Part III Collective Genius 2.0: Inventing the Future

Chapter 9 Cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem: Larry Smarr at Caiitz and Amy Schulman at Pfizer 197

Epilogue: Where Will We Find Tomorrow's Leaders of Innovation?: Steve Kloebien at IBM, Jacqueline Novogratz at Acumen Fund, and Sung-joo Kim at Sungjoo Croup 225

Notes 247

Selected Bibliography 263

Index 277

About the Authors 295

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