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The Innovation Killer

The Innovation Killer

How What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine - And What Smart Companies Are Doing About It

Cynthia Barton Rabe

240 pages, parution le 21/07/2006


For true innovation, you may need to think outside the box-and outside the company.

Innovation is vital to the success of an organization. But often, "GroupThink" and "ExpertThink" stifle new ideas. This book presents the idea of using outsiders-people who are not a permanent part of a particular group or constrained by its preconceptions-to stimulate innovation. They may be employees from other parts of the company, consultants, or even people borrowed through "swaps" with other, noncompeting companies. These outsiders share three characteristics:

  • related expertise: knowledge without the burden of "the way we've always done it"
  • renaissance tendencies: varied interests and experiences, with the ability to put ideas together in new and useful combinations
  • psychological distance: they are not tied to the hierarchy of the group, making it easier to propose unpopular ideas

Outsiders can help defeat the kind of thinking that can overcome teams and kill true innovation. The author reveals how to find and work with the right people and shows, through fascinating real-world examples, the huge difference they can make.


  • Introduction : a crushing force
  • Our own worst enemy : how the burden of what we know limits what we can imagine
  • Groupthink : the strongest force on Earth : why sustained innovation is so darned hard : part 1
  • Expertthink : Groupthink on steroids : why sustained innovation is so darned hard : part 2
  • Time travel to see the naked emperor : the benefit of psychological distance
  • Just curious : the benefit of Renaissance tendencies
  • Smart about something else : the benefit of related expertise
  • The collaborator : what does a zero-gravity thinker actually do?
  • When and where ... when do you need a collaborator and where do you find one?
  • How to work with a zero-gravity thinker : eleven questions and answers
  • Do-it yourself weightless thinking : losing the weight of expertise on your own
  • The courage to go where no one has gone before : the role of the leader
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Éditeur(s) Amacom
Auteur(s) Cynthia Barton Rabe
Parution 21/07/2006
Nb. de pages 240
Format 16 x 24
Couverture Relié
Poids 485g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780814408834
ISBN13 978-0-8144-0883-4


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