Weird Ideas That Work: 11 1/2 Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation
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Weird Ideas That Work: 11 1/2 Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation

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Creativity, new ideas, innovation -- in any age they are keys to success, but in today's whirlwind economy they are essential for survival itself. Yet, as Robert Sutton explains, the standard rules of business behavior and management are precisely the opposite of what it takes to build an innovative company. We are told to hire people who will fit in; to train them extensi...more
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Published March 2nd 2002 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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From William C. Taylor, Author of "Practically Radical"

What are your three favorite business books, and why?

The first is Weird Ideas that Work by Bob Sutton, the endlessly interesting Stanford professor who should be familiar to most members of the Fast Company community. Bob's book is the smartest and most original take on leadership and organizational creativity that I've read, and it is just so witty and fun. I love it and have learned so much from it.

Apr 01, 2011 ^ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Senior executives and anyone setting up their own business
A real eye (and mind) opener. In our present time of economic depression and unimaginable national debt it is even more important for companies small and large to find the courage to adopt and practice even just some of Robert Sutton's thinking as described here. Avoid interpersonal conflict, promote intellectual conflict. This really is a book for the bravest of the brave; however the potetential upside is massive. A book which ought to be on the reading of every senior executive, every junior...more
I clearly written book with some fun ideas and stories throughout. I think my favorite part was the alternative interview questions such as:
- What promising technologies, business practices, and business models did you learn about in school/at work?
- What have you learned about our company that might surprise me?
- Who are our toughest competitors now? Who are going to be our toughest competitors in the future?
- What do you think are some of the most important trends in our industry? What is...more
Great read for those interested in organizational change and performance enhancement. Packed with good stories, case studies and informative research study to support change related theories. Offers great insights on the need to strive to constantly change and let go of old habits in order to embrace the new to stay 'relevant'. Weird, unconventional, misfits, defiance- if you related to any of these words this book is definitely for you.
Nel mondo del lavoro, come in molti altri settori, i pregiudizi e le regole accettate cambiano a seconda del paese, del settore industriale e di altre divisioni. [return]Il libro deriva da una conferenza di un americano a favore di manager americani; in Italia alcune delle idee suggerite non sono applicabili; altre necessitano di un ridimensionamento che, probabilmente, ne limitano - se non ne inficiano completamente - la validità
12 советов про то, как расшевелить организацию, и сделать её более творческой.
Довольно неплохо, жизненно! Во всяком случае, я нашел довольно много пересечений с моей консалтинговой практикой ;)

Подробная рецензия + интеллект-карта в моем блоге:

(3.0) Supposedly counterintuitive ideas that make a better company

I'll try reading this again sometime to think about specific changes to make, but I wasn't jumping up to take action from reading this.
Mar 07, 2007 lilly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in design and social psychology
The business school tone of this book made it intolerable to me at first pass, but when I returned to it after having some experience with how design is hard, I appreciated it a lot better.
Jeffery Williams
A good book of strategies for increasing creativity. Mostly it boils down to "Keep everyone from thinking the same thing." And "Keep your past from interfering with your future."
Claudia Yahany
Buenas ideas, pero con ejemplos de hace muchos años. Para mi gusto, le faltó al autor ligar las ideas al final.. Como siempre, no queda muy claro que hacer durante la ejecución.
the first 17 pages plus the quotes really give a very good picture..the rest is a break down of the first 17 pages and a lot of examples
It's an interesting read, but it could be shorter.
There are too many details and repetition.
From the guy who brought as "The No Asshole Rule".
First half of this book is EXCELLENT. 2nd half is ok...
Jan 09, 2009 Lily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sutton is MS&E prof and prof
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Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and a Professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sutton studies innovation, leaders and bosses, evidence-based management, the links between knowledge and organizational action, and workplace civility. Sutton’s books include Weird Ideas That Work: 11 ½ Practices for Pro...more
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