How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes

by G. Shawn Hunter

Number of pages: 288

Publisher: Wiley

BBB Library: Creativity and Innovation, Corporate Success

ISBN: 9781118505229

About the Author

Shawn Hunter is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, former executive, and currently Founder and President of Mindscaling, a company dedicated to creating beautiful, and intelligent online learning products.


Editorial Review

Organizations are succeeding by being open to innovation. Amazon went from being an online bookseller to a powerhouse when it started offering a wide variety of web-based services. Google and Apple have added a host of online services to their core competencies. And Toyota has enjoyed a decade-spanning, market-dominating run owing to its policy and practice of empowering its frontline employees to be innovators and change agents. Management has come a long way since Henry Ford once quipped, Why is it, whenever I ask for a pair of hands, a brain comes attached? Knowledge and expertise are easily accessible, common, expected, and cheap or even free. They no longer represent a lasting competitive advantage. We have moved to the age of creative, symphonic thinking, where the ability to harness seemingly disparate pieces of information and ideas and mash them into wholly new iterations that can be used to create innovative solutions is, in fact, the competitive advantage for individuals.

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