Innovation that Fits: Moving Beyond the Fads to Choose the by Michael Lord, Donald deBethizy, Jeffrey Wager

By Michael Lord, Donald deBethizy, Jeffrey Wager

Innovation is more urgently helpful than it is ever been. Now, 3 major specialists on commercializing innovation systematically style throughout the wreckage of yesterday's techniques, studying classes and making a choice on principles worthy conserving and adapting. to arrange this publication, the authors completely tested the checklist of greater than 250 innovation courses from businesses of generally differing sizes and industries, from 1998 via 2003. in accordance with this extraordinary learn, they display the perfect time to take advantage of every one innovation 'arrow', the right way to account for contingencies and hazards; and the way to target middle innovation demanding situations -- not only superficial signs. alongside the best way, the authors outline a targeted, built-in version for innovation: one who is extra nuanced and complicated, but in addition better-grounded, harder, and much more advantageous.

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Learning from the ups and downs of each innovation idea requires more critical thinking about when and how these models apply and—just as importantly—when and how they do not. Applied for the right purposes, at the right time, and in the right ways, all of these tools and tactics can help build a more comprehensive innovation strategy and robust overall innovation portfolio. Rather than chasing the latest “magic bullet” or panacea, managers must understand all the different tools available in their innovation arsenal, when and how to use them, and how to combine all of them for maximum effect.

Just as importantly, establish the same type of equity and highpowered motivational rewards and incentives that employees could expect in a real startup; for example, give them “phantom” stock and options to simulate a startup’s equity-fueled culture. Traditional, measly year-end bonuses simply would not do the trick. With the new organization in place, set your top-notch executives, scientists, engineers, and creative talent loose. Let them plant a bunch of real innovation options and watch as they grow.

It’s a fundamental and important question: Why do so many supposed “best practices” in innovation so often disappoint? Why does innovation “best practice” so often not work out well in practice? Some of the individual cases we discuss could fill an entire book. In fact, a few of the examples have been the focus of one or more books. Although such in-depth case studies have obvious benefits, their limitations are also notable. Readers might be left wondering: Is this particular case, however rich and in-depth, the exception or the rule?

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