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Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

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Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot?

You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Col
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book! The author makes the argument that the future of innovation needs to be in the hands of a new kind of leadership. Leaders that can move people to find their own potential and then work together to encourage creativity and innovation. No longer is it leadership of just a solo genius, but leadership that can bring people together for a greater cause. The future is for leaders to be like Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King. The leaders of the future will need to move the mass ...more
Jordan Munn
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This book sometimes feels like a cliche business book full of cherry-picked anecdotes to illustrate the authors' points, but nonetheless, its proposed framework is reasonably convincing. As is the case with many of these kinds of books, I gleaned a few insightful tidbits from random pages apart from the main points. A decent read. ...more
Érica Briones
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2018
Excelentes cases, sólido framework de liderança para inovação

Decidi ler esse livro por causa de um artigo da HBR, um resumo da leitura. Vou dizer q fiquei decepcionada ao notar q o artigo resume muito bem o framework e em termos de visão consolidada da proposta funciona melhor, mas... para um entendimento mais profundo do q as pesquisadoras identificaram o livro é fantástico. Em especial destaco as leituras dos cases que são em muitos momentos cativantes.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
This is one of those books that could be a lot shorter but the authors tend to repeat a lot of concepts several times. Many of the cases that are used in the book are very interesting and if it wouldn’t be for that, I’d give it 3 stars. Good concepts that are helpful for leaders that need to drive their organizations forward.
Victor Panggabean
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Buku ini menceritakan mengenai hubungan antara kepemimpinan dengan inovasi, mirip dengan Creativity buku karangan Ed Catmull presiden dari Pixar. Beda-nya di buku ini Linda A Hill dan kawan-kawan meneliti di berbagai bidang bisnis bukan cuma industri film animasi, tp juga di industri otomotif, teknologi informasi, konsultan desain dll..
Tay Othman
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd skip a lot of cliche Chapters, and read the Chapters 7-11. ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of stories from successful leaders, but far too long. The book has some interesting insight but if you have already read about the innovation styles of Pixar, Google, and eBay you will find much of the same regurgitated information. If you are unfamiliar with those techniques, however, then by all means, read on my friend! Still, it's basic points are meaningful. Innovation is a creative collaboration; it should include a diverse collection of ideas, especially opposition. ...more
Scott Wozniak
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid summary of how to organize teams to innovate. The talk about creative abrasion (cultivating diverse ideas, not group think), creative agility (non-standard methods of working together, including changing the focus of the project), and create resolution (not settling for either/or solutions, but a third way that combines). The idea is to find the goldilocks zone in the middle, not to lean too far to control or freedom.

The best part about the book is the case studies of how others did it. Th
Abdulaziz Al-naim
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book introduces a profound methodology of how to transform a standard organization to highly innovative enterprise including managing the different paradoxes of highly innovative environment. The transformational examples in the book are well thought of to explain the process. The interactions between creative abrasion, creative agility and creative resolution is remarkable.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this — need to go back through and read it again, but there were certainly elements I found apropos to working with the target audience (leaders and innovators).
Lisa Richard
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book on innovation.
Mohammad alshawan
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
great book it prescribes the way to lead in the new world
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read for work but one of the most engaging management books I've read in a long time! Great storytelling. ...more
Mai Mislang
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The wisdom offered by this book was helpful in fleshing out some business ideas I’ve been studying. A good read for those in the social entrepreneurship and tech space.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I use this book in my Leadership, Creativity and Innovation class and I think it is outstanding. Collective Genius is the best introduction that I know to the newer concept of "leadership without starting with a vision." In many leadership situations these days, leadership has to start well before the vision comes clear. This is a good contrast to the vision-focused works of writers such as Warren Bennis or Kouznes and Posner -- not that the vision leadership is wrong, just that there are other ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Es un libro maravilloso, indispensable e imprescindible si se quiere tener una visión moderna de lo que debe ser un líder en una organización del siglo XXI. Mediante una serie de estudios sistemáticos durante 10 años en diversas organizaciones los autores muestran con ejemplos extraídos de la realidad el qué y el cómo hacen y piensan los lideres para generar condiciones que propician la creatividad y la innovación.

It is a wonderful , indispensable and essential book if you want to have a modern
Claudia Yahany
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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La innovación está llena de paradojas, y para poder dirigirla hay que saber jugar con todas: hay que valorar a los individuos y a los grupos, hay que apoyar las ideas y confrontarlas, hay que experimentar, aprender y dar resultados al mismo tiempo, hay que permitir las improvisaciones y respetar la estructura, hay que ser pacientes y urgentes, hay que seguir iniciativas de todos los niveles de la organización. Todo al mismo tiempo y con una sonrisa en la cara.

El libro es un excelente resumen de
University of Chicago Magazine
Linda Hill, AM'79, PhD'82

From our pages (Nov–Dec/14): How do some organizations innovate over and over again, while most can’t even start? The authors spent the past nine years exploring this question, talking with exceptional leaders of innovation across the globe, in industries ranging from filmmaking to e-commerce. Collective Genius distills their findings. The book provides a practical tool for leaders seeking to build and sustain a culture of innovation throughout their organization
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book is a collection of essays from leaders who have successfully created an environment conducive to innovation. Hidden in these essays are solutions that have worked and solved the fundamental problems that inhibit innovation. I believe most executives will identify with the problems and challenges discussed in the book. Full review. . . ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Good principles overall, but at times I felt the principles got lost in the lengthy case studies that were as much about celebrating the company being studies as focusing on the principles of innovation. Also, while they do make reference to factors like Google having a huge budget that many readers are likely to have, I felt like the case study could use a better boiling down than "but this would still work for you." ...more
Wayne Turmel
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Like so many academic works, this book contained interesting examples of leaders and their well-known organizations. It also contained interesting themes such as " the six paradoxes." What was missing were the "how they made it happen." Just telling us how fabulous projects turned out without offering best practices and techniques we can emulate was ultimately unsatisfying.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The authors provide academic grounding (in their notes and bibliography) for stories that illustrate the paradox of developing innovative ecosystems that flourish because of leadership soft skills and social intelligence.

I applaud their stated purpose and hope they encourage readers "to examine your own mind-set and practices."

Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book I would have normally picked up; received it at a conference. Glad I read it. Focuses on leadership characteristics to foster innovation - and those characteristics being different from what is normally defined as "good leadership". A number of interesting stories. Also had the opportunity to hear one of the authors speak. Recommend. ...more
Dia Haykal
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
An eye opener with great examples that destroy the idea of a one-man-show/leader-with-a-vision and introduce the idea of the true leader who gives his team the power and freedom to create and innovate; the collective genius. -- may we find these leaders, may we be them.
Mills College Library
658.4092 H6469 2014
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This had some interesting findings and the ideas and themes made sense, but the writing was SO REPETITIVE. It could easily have been 25-50% shorter. Oh well - still worth a look.
Simon VW
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
Interesting perspective to create a constructive environment in which the leader plays the essential role in establishing the innovative culture. However, a bit long for what you get out of it.
Kathy Cowie
review to come in sept/oct issue of Global Business and Organizational Excellence.
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