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The Innovation Killer
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"Foreword by Dorothy A. Leonard Acknowledgments Introduction: A Crushing Force The Paradox of Expertise An Overview of the Book Structure A Note on Terminology Part I What's Weighing Us Down Chapter 1 Our Own Worst Enemy: How the Burden of What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine First Things First: What Exactly Is Innovation? The Attack on Innovative Thinking Innovation Phases and Filters The Ah-Hah! of the Perpetual Novice Two Notes Chapter 2 Groupthink: The Strongest Force on Earth: Why Sustained Innovation Is So Darned Hard: Part 1 No One is Immune But We're Smarter Than That So What? Chapter 3 ExpertThink: Groupthink on Steroids: Why Sustained Innovation Is So Darned Hard: Part 2 Expertise: The Pros and the Cons ExpertThink: Expertise Gone Awry Follow the Leader Catch 22 The Heavy Cost The Anti-Expert Thinker Part II Zero-Gravity Thinkers Chapter 4 Time Travel to See the Naked Emperor: The Benefit of Psychological Distance The Emperor's New Clothes Psychological Distance: Groupthink's Nemesis The Perils of Being an Insider and an Outsider at the Same Time The Challenge of the Permanent Balancing Act Chapter 5 Just Curious: The Benefit of Renaissance Tendencies Impelled by Curiosity A Real Life Study in Contrast Unexpected Associations Measuring Renaissance Tendencies Chapter 6 Smart About Something Else: The Benefit of Related Expertise Naivete Funny Math: Two + Two = Five A Potential Intersection Point Gaining Steam It's All Relative Part III Defying Gravity Chapter 7 The Collaborator: What Does a Zero-Gravity Thinker Actually Do? Outside Roles Zero-Gravity Informers and Doers The Underutilized Role Being Intuitive Chapter 8 When and Where: When Do You Need One and Where Do You Find One? When Do You Need a Collaborator? Where Do You Find a Collaborator? A Final Word Chapter 9 How to Work with a Zero-Gravity Thinker: Eleven Questions and Answers Chapter 10: Do-It-Yourself Weightless Thinking: Losing the Weight of Expertise on Your Own Practice One: Look at the Challenge as if You Are Someone Else Practice Two: Train Yourself to Look for Weird Combinations Practice Three: Change the Way You Think About Thinking Practice Four: Spend Quality Time Defining the Problem Before Trying to Solve It Practice Five: Understand What Constrains Your Thinking Practice Six: Nurture the Zero-Gravity Thinker Within Chapter 11: The Courage to Go Where No One Has Gone Before: The Role of the Leader Hittin' Out of the Park Mixed Messages A Culture of Courage Staged Approach to Innovation-Stimulation Making Our Own Luck Appendix A Related Expertise Grid Appendix B A Leader's Guide Notes Index"

About the Author

Cynthia Barton Rabe is the Innovation Strategist for Intel Corporation, a company known worldwide for its innovative practices. She has more than 20 years' experience in senior business and marketing management roles, focusing on innovation and new business creation.

Reviews

"This excellent book ranks very high on our scale of mindfulness....A brilliant book... one of the best of the year!"

-"The CEO Refresher"


.,." easy to read and understand, and offers an interesting way to combat the barriers to innovation we are familiar with."

-"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)


"This excellent book ranks very high on our scale of mindfulness....A brilliant book... one of the best of the year!" -"The CEO Refresher"


"... easy to read and understand, and offers an interesting way to combat the barriers to innovation we are familiar with." -"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)


.".. easy to read and understand, and offers an interesting way to combat the barriers to innovation we are familiar with." -"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)


"This excellent book ranks very high on our scale of mindfulness....A brilliant book... one of the best of the year!" -"The CEO Refresher"


..". easy to read and understand, and offers an interesting way to combat the barriers to innovation we are familiar with." -"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)


..". easy to read and understand, and offers an interesting way to combat the barriers to innovation we are familiar with."

-The Globe and Mail (Toronto)


"This excellent book ranks very high on our scale of mindfulness....A brilliant book... one of the best of the year!"

-The CEO Refresher

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