The Innovator's Path: How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-usual

The Innovator's Path: How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-usual

By: Madge M. Meyer (author)Hardback

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A guide to creating and sustaining a culture of innovation focused on business value The Innovator s Path introduces business readers to thought leader Madge M. Meyer s unique, cross-cultural perspective on corporate innovation. The book presents eight essential disciplines (Listen, Lead, Position, Promote, Connect, Commit, Execute, and Evolve) that pave the way for individuals, teams, and organizations to continually innovate in ways that create new business value. The author overturns existing assumptions about inspiring and managing innovation, while offering new insights and practical advice for aspiring innovators and corporate leaders. Meyer demonstrates her points by telling the stories behind many of her award-winning results and adds engaging personal anecdotes to illustrate many of her points. The book also contains contributions from an extraordinary and diverse set of industry innovators. Offers new ways for cultivating a mindset and culture of results-focused innovation and business value creation * Equips CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs and aspiring innovators with proven principles and practices for leading innovation * Focuses her readers' attention on the eight essential disciplines that help individuals, teams, and organizations innovate more successfully Whether your focus is on your career, your team's success, or your organization's future, The Innovator s Path provides you with the insights, strategies, techniques, and inspiration you need to accelerate your innovation progress.

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About Author

MADGE M. MEYER is a public speaker, author, and founder of Madge Meyer Consulting, LLC. She has received twelve personal awards for her industry and community achievements. Formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer & Technology Fellow at State Street Corporation, she oversaw the company's global Information Technology infrastructure teams, which earned thirty-two innovation and excellence awards under her leadership. Meyer also held executive positions at Merrill Lynch and IBM and serves on several boards in industry, academia, and nonprofit institutions.


Foreword xi Preface xv Acknowledgments xxi Author s Note xxiii Introduction Innovation and the Eight Disciplines 1 Defining Innovation 2 Making Innovation Business-as-Usual 2 Different Contexts 5 The Eight Disciplines 8 Chapter 1 Listen 13 Patience, Humility, Respect 15 Listen: Levels of Eff ectiveness 17 Preparing Ourselves to Listen 18 How I Go about Listening 19 Listening to the Facts 21 Listening to What Is Not Being Said 24 Listen Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 29 Chapter 2 Lead 33 Leadership Essentials 36 Leading with Passion 37 Leading with Vision 38 Respect, Trust, and Integrity 41 The Soft Skills of Leadership 43 Sound Judgment 46 Creating a Culture of Innovation 47 Lead: Levels of Effectiveness 54 Lead Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 55 Chapter 3 Position 57 A Roadmap for Change 57 Positioning Our Sights 60 Developing Our Roadmap 65 Positioning for Change 68 Position: Levels of Effectiveness 70 Personal Positioning 71 Position Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 72 Chapter 4 Promote 75 Branding 77 The Importance of Establishing a Baseline for Innovation 78 Promoting Our Innovation Ideas 79 Opportunities to Promote 88 Promote: Levels of Eff ectiveness 90 Promoting State Street s Environmental Sustainability and Green Programs 91 Promote Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 94 Chapter 5 Connect 97 Connect: Levels of Effectiveness 107 The Connect Culture 108 Connect and Cooperate 110 Connecting Strategy, Processes, and Systems 112 Ways to Connect 114 Connecting with My Team 115 MIT Collaborative Initiatives and the Albright Challenge 117 Connect Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 120 Chapter 6 Commit 123 Culture and Commitment 124 Innovation Management in the Safety Zone 128 The IBM Way 129 Funding as Commitment 130 Personal and Team Commitment 135 Timing and Commitment 139 Commit: Levels of Eff ectiveness 140 Commit Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 141 Chapter 7 Execute 143 Meeting the Highest Standard for Our Astronauts 144 Flawless Execution 145 Rapid Value Delivery 148 Putting the Pieces Together 153 Execute: Levels of Eff ectiveness 154 Server Certifi cation Process 155 Execute Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 157 Chapter 8 Evolve 159 Overcoming Success 160 Going Further Beyond 164 Continual Innovation, Not Constant Change 166 Clearing the Path 169 Adversity and Change 172 Evolve: Levels of Eff ectiveness 176 Evolving from Certifi cation to Cloud 177 Evolve Concrete Steps for Putting This Discipline into Action 178 Afterword 181 Appendix I The Eight Disciplines Summaries and Action Plans 183 Listen 183 Lead 186 Position 189 Promote 192 Connect 195 Commit 198 Execute 200 Evolve 203 Appendix II Biographies of Individuals Interviewed for This Book 207 Tenley E. Albright, MD 207 Deborah Ancona 208 Eugene Y. Chan, MD 209 Gerald Chertavian 210 Dean Kamen 210 Tarkan Maner 211 Tom Mendoza 212 Admiral Michael Mullen 212 Nathan Myhrvold 213 Samuel J. Palmisano 214 James S. Phalen 215 Linda S. Sanford 216 John Swainson 216 John Thompson 217 Ming Tsai 218 About the Author 221 Index 223

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/10/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781118537329
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781118537329
  • weight: 446
  • ISBN10: 1118537327

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