Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes [NOOK Book]


We’ve entered a new era. Call it the age of imagination, ideation, conceptualization, creativity, innovation—take your pick. Creativity, mental flexibility, and collaboration have displaced one-dimensional intelligence and isolated determination as core ingredients of competitive advantage. But these 21st century methods and mindsets needed to drive innovation are only found by tapping into the discretionary levels of passion and initiative within us. This is where Out Think ...
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Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes

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We’ve entered a new era. Call it the age of imagination, ideation, conceptualization, creativity, innovation—take your pick. Creativity, mental flexibility, and collaboration have displaced one-dimensional intelligence and isolated determination as core ingredients of competitive advantage. But these 21st century methods and mindsets needed to drive innovation are only found by tapping into the discretionary levels of passion and initiative within us. This is where Out Think leadership comes in.

Out Think presents big ideas along with actionable advice to drive unique value and innovation in today’s chaotic marketplace. In each chapter a key idea, behavior, or mindset shift is discussed. The shift is illustrated through proprietary interviews with business leaders conducted by the author. Techniques are described to show how the shift or idea can be implemented, with real-world examples. Assessments, exercises, and actionable messaging are highlighted throughout the book.

While some books address the changing economic landscape and the challenges of the creative age, Out Think is unique in the author’s unparalleled access, spanning more than a decade, to executives and thought-leaders who are, in fact, making a measurable difference. Through interviews and collaboration with these individuals, Hunter has assembled insights, stories, and actionable take-aways, with an emphasis on results that can drive the change that leaders want and need in their organizations.

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"Out Think can help you win in two ways. First, todevelop creative ideas and then, turn those great ideas intopositive action! The leaders of the future will beinnovators.  Out Think can help them get there!"
Marshall Goldsmith, author of MOJO and What Got You HereWon't Get You There

"Innovation potential is everywhere throughout organizations. Shawnhas given us the leadership mindset and the tools to bring it tolife. Out Think shows you how to institutionalize the habitsof innovation."
Jeff Joerres, Chairman and CEO ManpowerGroup

"This is more than a book. It's a blueprint, drawn with clearand quiet brilliance, for building agile leaders who will thrive inthis rapidly changing world. In Out Think, Shawn Huntergives us a fresh way to think about crucial questions ofleadership, creativity, and innovation, along with concrete, usefuladvice. My advice to you? Start reading, now."
Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code

"The world has heard the crying need for creativity and innovation.Leaders have to invent and innovate themselves. Exceptional resultsdemand new thinking, new approaches. Out Think will show youthe path to help you get your desired goals."
Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young &Rubicam

"If you want to deliver exceptional outcomes as a leader, read thisbook! Shawn Hunter has been all over the world uncovering excitingnew insights into innovation and leadership and he shares themhere. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious aboutleading others."
Paul Hiltz, President and Market Leader, Community MercyHealth Partners

"Out Think is a book that brings the art of innovationnear everyone, underlining the practical and making the questwithin the reach of leadership."
Prof. Liisa Valikangas, author of The ResilientOrganization

"Humans, over the next forty years, will redefine the rules ofsocietal engagement because of innovations that would influencetheir intellect, behavior and the physical being. Out Thinkprods you in a direction to lead and innovate where convergence andcollaboration become important."
Venkatesh Valluri, President, Ingersoll Rand –India

"Out Think is a great source of concentrated innovationpractices, the kind that leaders need in order to drive theirbusinesses forward in these disruptive and challengingtimes."
Chip Conley, Founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels, author ofEmotional Equations

"Shawn Hunter presents actionable strategies for leaders tospark collaborative, innovative thinking within their organizationsand tailor it to their needs—just what we need in times likethese."
Matthew E. May, author of The Laws of Subtraction and TheElegant Solution

"A timely and important book. Out Think is a top-notchdistillation of ideas to help you build and apply powerful newleadership skills in your organization."
Garry Ridge, President and CEO of WD-40 Company,co-author of Helping People Win at Work

"Out Think awakens the creative mind and lays out a clearroadmap for innovation.  In today's competitive world,innovation has become the currency for success and Shawn Hunterhelps you unleash it.  A must-read for those looking to taketheir organizations—or careers—to the nextlevel."
—Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming, CEO ofDetroit Venture Partners, Founder of ePrize

"In this powerful book, Shawn provides us with well researched,tested and proven wisdom from diverse international thoughtleaders, and wonderfully adds his own personal perspective,providing us with a new lens to see the possibility and potentialin us all."
David Penglase, author of Intentionomics

"I've been an entrepreneur for forty years and I can tell youOut Think shows you how to mix the key ingredients ofsuccess - how to find your dream, be persistent and honest, and theinsight to work smarter than anyone else."
Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels &Resorts

"Shawn Hunter has the innate gift of being able to decipherconversations and link insights meaningfully to unveil profoundwisdom. Out Think is a must-read for all those who want tocreate their own personal armoury of insights, ideas and storiesfor bringing innovation and purpose to their leadership."
Sujaya Banerjee, Chief Talent Officer & Sr. VP forHuman Resources, Essar Investments Limited

"Shawn Hunter absolutely nails it with his new book OutThink. If you care about punching up innovation in yourorganization, you will find your answers in these pages. In today'sworld, innovative leaders make the difference in the performance oftheir companies. Out Think will give you the tools to becomeone."
Howard Behar, Former President of Starbucks Internationaland author of It's Not About the Coffee

"Out Think isn't just a book about innovation inbusiness, but also in life. This book is a rich resource forproblem-solvers who want to instill and employ innovation,organically, into their lives and organizations."
Dwayne Spradlin, former CEO of InnoCentive

"In Out Think, Shawn Hunter teaches us how todevelop the mindset necessary to run an innovative organization.Through his interviews with experts around the world, he is able topresent state-of-the-art thinking on leadership and innovation. Thebook is filled with highly relevant examples and practicaladvice."
Jill Klein, Professor of Management (Marketing),Melbourne Business School

"If you’re in business, chances are that you and yourorganization could use some solid insights into innovation. OutThink provides a great variety of tools and resources you canput into practice right away and that will help you plant the seedsfor future successes."
Shawn Achor, Founder and CEO of Good Think, author of TheHappiness Advantage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118505298
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 668,365
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Marketquake: Moving beyond Arrested Decay 5

Chapter 2 Trust: Establish the Engine of Leadership 29

Chapter 3 Inquiry: Provoke with Questions, Not Answers 45

Chapter 4 Exploration: Go to the Woodshed 69

Chapter 5 Aspiration: Dream Well—You May Find Yourself There 89

Chapter 6 Edge: Embrace New Kinds of Risk 107

Chapter 7 Connection: Collaborate to Innovate 125

Chapter 8 Mash-up: Borrow Brilliance 149

Chapter 9 Action: Get Moving or Accept the Consequences 173

Chapter 10 Signature: Make It Your Own 189

Chapter 11 Purpose: Connect with “Why” 203

Chapter 12 Sustaining the Innovative Mindset 221

Notes 231

Bibliography 243

Acknowledgments 253

About the Author 255

Index 257

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