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Innovation Leaders

How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer and Sustain Innovation

Jean-Philippe Deschamps

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Innovation leaders promote and address the innovation agenda intheir company. Through personal conviction or competitive necessitythey are obsessed with providing superior value to customersthrough innovation. They know how to mobilize their staff behindconcrete innovation initiatives and do not hesitate to personallycoach innovation teams. For innovation to occur leadership has to be collective. Tocreate a momentum for innovation in their company, leaders fromdifferent functions need to team up, to build innovation networks.Innovation leadership is not just an innate talent that can beselected at the hiring level. It can be developed within anappropriate company culture through careful leadership development,typically achieved through career management and coaching.Innovation leaders also need to stay on board and it is theresponsibility of the top management team to create an attractiveclimate to develop and keep its innovation leaders. There are plenty of books that deal with innovation, or with newproduct development, or with leadership; this is different in itsfocus on the specifics of innovation leadership - thatparticular form of leadership that stimulates and sustainsinnovation. This book maps the broad territory of innovation leadership andcontributes new thinking on the focus of the emerging leadershiprole of the CTO; distinction between 'front end' and'back end' innovation leaders; the concept of aligningleadership styles with strategy; and the chain of leadershipconcept. Combining practice-based and empirical research-basedobservations with simple conceptual frameworks, illustrated by manycompany examples and case stories from a broad range of industriesin the US and Europe, this is a systematic presentation ofinnovation drivers and their implications in terms of what leadersneed to do to make it work.


(Gulf Business, October 2008)
"...provides a structure and framework for innovation management...taking a pragmatic approach to the subject and a realistic view on leadership."
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