Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Nov 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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There is perhaps no leadership challenge more daunting than managing creativity—and more urgent than delivering breakthrough innovation. How do you harness some of the most passionate, intelligent people in your organization without stifling them? How do you simultaneously unleash their energy and channel it into something tangible? Lina Echeverrķa offers seven proven principles through which new ideas come to fruition, from unleashing passion and drive, and embracing productive conflict, to emphasizing excellence and structure while living values that liberate creativity. As team catalyst, the leader delivers results while nurturing intuition and growing talent. These principles apply well beyond traditional creative domains, propelling innovation across entire organizations. Drawing on the author’s considerable experience assembling and nurturing cutting-edge teams at Corning Inc., Idea Agent shows readers how to juxtapose creative freedom with management rigor and lead dedicated professionals as they generate and execute one great innovation after another.
 

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Contents

MY PERSONAL JOURNEYConflict in Art and Science
1
PASSION 1Into the Ring of Fire
9
MY PERSONAL JOURNEYFinding My Wings
39
PASSION 2Let the Best Take Flight
45
MY PERSONAL JOURNEYStanding Up for Values
83
PASSION 3Live Values That Liberate Creativity
87
MY PERSONAL JOURNEYDemand for Excellence in the Tropical Rain Forest
129
PASSION 4Demand Excellence and Enrich Lives
135
MY PERSONAL JOURNEYAn Urgency for Structure
189
PASSION 6Structure a Clear Organization
193
MY PERSONAL JOURNEYOn My Way to France
221
PASSION 7Provide Authentic Leadership
223
EPILOGUELet Life Continue
253
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
265
INDEX
267
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
275

MY PERSONAL JOURNEYCulture in the South Pacific
157
PASSION 5Create a Culture
163

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LINA M. ECHEVERRĶA is an innovation leadership consultant with 25 years experience in science and technology. From scientist to vice president, she helped drive new products at Corning Inc. that now underpin our technology-based economy, from faster optical fiber that powers the Internet to flat-panel glass used in everything from smart phones to LCD TVs.

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