By Ph.D. Stephen C. Lundin

ISBN-10: 0071602216

ISBN-13: 9780071602211

It is time to allow the CATS out of the bag . . . interest may need killed the proverbial cat, yet with out it very actual achievements may by no means take place. With this booklet as your consultant, you’ll how you can spark your innate interest, pounce on difficulties in methods you by no means imagined, and revel in larger luck and pride at work—and on your own lifestyles. Playful, profound, and certainly upbeat, CATS offers what you want to faucet into your strength of innovation—and then unharness it in each member of your company. whereas so much enterprise thinkers view this problem from the pinnacle down, Stephen Lundin sees the topic from a CAT's-eye view, explaining the way to get each employee--no topic what level--to imagine and act in cutting edge methods. within, he examines the 4 demanding situations to innovation and gives useful measures geared toward conquering them. you will how you can: Be courageous ('fraidy cats by no means innovate) cease being “normal” (make your personal rules!) include failure (it's the single method to examine) Foster creativity (don't be a keep an eye on freak) Lundin then describes the 9 Lives of Innovation, each one of that is a step towards understanding your internal CAT and turning into an absolutely contributing member of an leading edge association. Prowling inside of each worker is a questioner, a writer, an innovator--claws out and able to pounce. develop into a CAT and you could fi nd your self springing on principles in a fashion that surprises you—and every person round you.

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CATS fail early and fail well. Since failure is always a part of the formula for innovation, and since a certain amount of failure is needed in order to learn important lessons along the way, one thing becomes clear: CATS learn how to get failure out of the way early so the maximum amount of learning can occur. This approach facilitates innovation and minimizes the cost of failure. 16 | CATS: The Nine Lives of Innovation 9. CAT Wranglers understand natural energy. Leadership plays a significant role in the overall innovation process of any organization.

Each requires a powerful antidote once you have developed a clear understanding of its source of power. The four basic challenges that must be overcome in order to enhance your innovation quotient are: 1. Distractions. The doubts and fears accumulated over a lifetime are there, in part, to keep us safe and secure. They are also a major distraction to those who would innovate. They can be a straightjacket preventing innovation. And the “noise” created by the clutter of life can drown out our thoughts and remove all the spaciousness so important to innovation.

Another company removed all names and numbers from the office doors so that you would have to ask for help. In asking for help, you had a chance to have a conversation, and the company wanted to facilitate cross-boundary conversations. At Imation, a 3M spin-off that has pixie dust in its logo, a windowed bridge between two buildings became a colorful and creative communication center. Markers were placed on the window sills, and those passing would use them to write something on the glass. Everything from graffiti to great new ideas appeared.

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