Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying) [NOOK Book]

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"Innovation is about asking the right questions! Dave Owens describes a fresh way to ask and answer the questions that really make a difference in successful innovation."—Chad Holliday, chairman, Bank of America; retired chairman and CEO, DuPont

"Ever wonder why your company can't seem to succeed at breakthrough innovation? Or why your team's big idea never goes anywhere? Or why you aren't able to generate more creative solutions to ...

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Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying)

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Overview

Praise for Creative People Must Be Stopped

"Innovation is about asking the right questions! Dave Owens describes a fresh way to ask and answer the questions that really make a difference in successful innovation."—Chad Holliday, chairman, Bank of America; retired chairman and CEO, DuPont

"Ever wonder why your company can't seem to succeed at breakthrough innovation? Or why your team's big idea never goes anywhere? Or why you aren't able to generate more creative solutions to problems? Creative People Must Be Stopped will help you answer these questions, diagnose what's behind these underperformances, and get unstuck. Combining solid insights and theory with practical approaches and compelling stories, Owens brings clarity to a topic that is often misunderstood."—Todd A. McCullough, partner, Monitor Group; adjunct faculty, Institute ofDesign at Illinois Institute of Technology; managing director, Doblin Inc.

"Owens writes as he teaches, with humor, candor, and surprisingly sophisticated theoretical underpinning. The result is an engaging and very accessible book filled with practical tools for leaders interested in advancing their innovation agendas."—Lisa C. King, vice president, insights and innovation, Newell Rubbermaid

"This is essential and timely reading for leaders in the field of arts and culture. Dave Owens is able to clearly convey the barriers to innovation and how to overcome them. His insights about how to make good ideas actually result in positive change are invaluable to any leader seeking to strengthen an organization, and offer a fresh and clarifying approach to the whole concept of innovation."—Russell Willis Taylor, president and CEO, National Arts Strategies

"Creative People Must Be Stopped explores why so many great ideas never make it to market, and why some do. It is rich in real-world examples and provides straightforward tools to unleash your innovation potential. It is essential reading for anyone who thinks that they might have something to do with innovation, and especially for those who don't."—Neil A. Willcocks, vice president, research and development, Mars Petcare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118129029
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 268,909
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

David A. Owens is professor at Vanderbilt's Graduate School of Management. He specializes in management, innovation, and product design, and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and NPR's Marketplace. Recently he served as CEO of Griffin Technology Inc.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Creative People Must Be Stopped! 1

1. The Context of Innovation: Why Everyone Wants Innovation but No One Wants to Change 3

2. Why Most of Us Are More Creative Than We Think: Individual Innovation Constraints 25

3. Why a Brainstorm Meeting Can Be Worse Than No Meeting at All: Innovation Constraints in Groups 57

4. Why You’ll Never Be a Prophet in Your Hometown: Organizational Innovation Constraints 95

5. If It’s Such a Great Idea, Why Isn’t Our Competitor Doing It? Industry Innovation Constraints 125

6. Why My Innovation Means You Have to Change: Societal Innovation Constraints 157

7. How to Take a Really Hard Problem and Make It Completely Impossible: Technological Innovation Constraints 187

8. When Failure Is Not an Option: Leading an Innovation Strategy 223

Appendix A: Using the Assessment Results 249

Appendix B: Innovation Team Contract Guidelines 255

Appendix C: An Innovation Bookshelf 259

References 261

Acknowledgments 267

About the Author 271

Index 273

This book is dedicated to my lovely ladies, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Adelaide

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Fantastic book!! Takes a constraints focused approach to innovation

    A novel and sophisticated approach to overcoming innovation constraints. David Owens takes a multi-layered approach looking at different groups and pressures that limit innovation.

    An interesting example of how this works in the real world... e.g. looking at societal constraints on our ability to innovate we understand that certain societal taboos can limit our ability to ideate and innovate beyond our current thinking. For example, discussing sex or drugs may be considered taboo and thus does not enter into our creative process when trying to innovate. If we understand we are constrained by these taboos, we can work to overcome these existing constraints and will be able to be more creative and innovate more effectively. This is one of many practical applications. He looks at individual constraints, organizational constraints, group constraints, etc...

    Great book among many mediocre innovation books.

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