Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying)

By David A Owens

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A framework for overcoming the six types of innovation killers

Everybody wants innovation--or do they? "Creative People Must Be Stopped" shows how individuals and organizations sabotage their own best intentions to encourage "outside the box" thinking. It shows that the antidote to this self-defeating behavior is to identify which of the six major types of constraints are hindering innovation: individual, group, organizational, industry-wide, societal, or technological. Once innovators and other leaders understand exactly which constraints are working against them and how to overcome them, they can create conditions that foster innovation instead of stopping it in its tracks.

The author's model of constraints on innovation integrates insights from the vast literature on innovation with his own observations of hundreds of organizations. The book is filled with assessments, tools, and real-world examples.The author's research has been featured in the "New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian" and "San Jose Mercury News, " as well as on Fox News and on NPR's "Marketplace"Includes illustrative examples from leading organizationsOffers a practical guide for bringing new ideas to fruition even within a previously rigid organizational culture

This book gives people in organizations the conceptual framework and practical information they need to innovate successfully.


""""Creative People Must Be Stopped" isamong the best books ever written about human imagination in theworkplace. David Owens is a master innovator, having practiced hiscraft as a product designer, researcher, teacher, creativity coach, and executive. The breadth and depth of his experience fillsevery page of this little gem, which is chock full of hundreds ofbig and little steps that you can take right now to do morecreative work and to lead more innovative teams andorganizations."--"Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor""Author of the New York Times bestseller" Good Boss, BadBoss

"""This is no rarefied academic treatment oninnovation as an abstract ideal, but a nuts and bolts handbook todissecting our thought patterns about innovation. Owens dispels themyth that innovation is a binary trait that either exists or doesnot in a given product, process or business model. "CreativePeople Must be Stopped" addresses the myriad ways that novelideas can fail in the marketplace. Working through a combination ofthought experiments and real world examples, the book demonstrateshow failures in understanding the context for innovation can proveevery bit as deadly to progress as failures ofimagination."--Mark Rowan, PresidentGriffin Technology Inc.

"""Dave Owens has delivered the survival guideevery would-be innovation team requires before entering the fracasbattle of bringing ideas to life. Read '6 Ways We KillInnovation' if you are serious about making stuff and makingstuff happen in this dangerous world for good ideas and thecreative people who love them."--Peter Durand, Alphachimp StudioLeading expert in graphic facilitation


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ISBN: 9781118002902

About the Hardcover

Publisher Jossey-Bass
Publish date 11/22/2011
Pages 294
ISBN-13 9781118002902
ISBN-10 1118002903
Language English

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