Leading for Innovation: and Organizing for Results
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In this second volume of The Drucker Foundation's Wisdom to Action Series, twenty-seven remarkable thought leaders help today's leaders meet the challenge of releasing the power of innovation. Leading for Innovation brings together Clayton M. Christensen, Jim Collins, Howard Gardner, Charles Handy, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, C. William Pollard, Margaret Wheatley, and other thought leaders to offer you practical guidance on leading your organization to a new dimension of performance. This unprecedented collection explores the unique qualities required to lead innovators, and shows you the way to develop a culture that promotes innovation.

The contributors encourage you to take the time to think about innovation and describe how you must abandon practices that no longer work for advancing the practice of innovation. Filled with specific examples of the hands-on work needed to make innovation a reality for leaders and their organizations, Leading for Innovation offers a wealth of thoughtful and incisive essays that will help leaders everywhere take their organizations and communities to a new level of excellence.


Frances Hesselbein is chairman of the board of governors of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and editor in chief for its journal, Leader to Leader. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1998.

Marshall Goldsmith is founding director of the Financial Times Knowledge Dialogue, a coaching network that connects executives worldwide with thought leaders. He has been listed in Forbes magazine as one of five top executive coaches.

Iain Somerville is a strategy consultant, executive educator, and social entrepreneur. As managing partner of Somerville & Associates, he engages businesses, governments, and community-based organizations in bringing about breakthrough economic and social results. As a former managing partner with Accenture, he founded and led strategy consulting practices and the firm's global business think tank.


Foreword (Frances Hesselbein).

The Editors.

Introduction (Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, Iain Somerville).

Part I: Leading the People Who Make Innovation Happen.

1. We Are All Innovators (Margaret J. Wheatley).

2. Fleas and Elephants (Charles Handy).

3. Creative Leadership (Max De Pree).

4. Changing the Behavior of Successful People (Marshall Goldsmith).

5. Good Work in Business (Howard Gardner, Kim Barberich).

Part II: Creating an Environment That Encourages Innovation.

6. Creating the Culture for Innovation (Rosabeth Moss Kanter).

7. The Organization! Is It a Friend or Foe of Innovation? (C. William Pollard).

8. To Build a Culture of Innovation, Avoid Conventional Management Wisdom (Jeffrey Pfeffer).

9. Innovation in Government (Stephen Goldsmith).

10. How Company Culture Encourages Innovation (David S. Pottruck).

Part III Changing How You Think About Leadership and Innovation.

11. The Ultimate Creation (Jim Collins).

12. Managing to Innovate (Henry Mintzberg).

13. Inviting Innovation (M. Kathryn Clubb).

14. The Value of "Been There, Done That" in Innovation (Dorothy A. Leonard, Walter C. Swap).

15. Leading with Vision, Strategy, and Values (Robert E. Knowling Jr.).

16. When 1 + 1 = 3 (James Burke).

Part IV: The Practice of Innovation.

17. Coping with Your Organization's Innovation Capabilities (Clayton M. Christensen).

18. An Innovation Protocol (Dave Ulrich).

19. Beware: Innovation Kills (Arie de Geus).

20. Capturing Innovation Power in the Genomics Era (Daniel Vasella).

21. Leading for Innovation and Results in Police Departments (William J. Bratton, William Andrews).

22. Inventing E-Services (Ann M. Livermore).

23. Reinventing Innovation: A Perspective from The Idea Factory (John Kao).