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.
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About the Author
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
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
Selected Bibliography 263
About the Authors 295