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Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying) Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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“Creative People Must Be Stopped is among the best books ever written about human imagination in the workplace. David Owens is a master innovator, having practiced his craft as a product designer, researcher, teacher, creativity coach, and executive. The breadth and depth of his experience fills every page of this little gem, which is chock full of hundreds of big and little steps that you can take right now to do more creative work and to lead more innovative teams and organizations.”
—Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor
Author of the New York Times bestseller Good Boss, Bad Boss
“This is no rarefied academic treatment on innovation as an abstract ideal, but a nuts and bolts handbook to dissecting our thought patterns about innovation. Owens dispels the myth that innovation is a binary trait that either exists or does not in a given product, process or business model. Creative People Must be Stopped addresses the myriad ways that novel ideas can fail in the marketplace. Working through a combination of thought experiments and real world examples, the book demonstrates how failures in understanding the context for innovation can prove every bit as deadly to progress as failures of imagination.”
—Mark Rowan, President
Griffin Technology Inc.
“Dave Owens has delivered the survival guide every would-be innovation team requires before entering the fracas battle of bringing ideas to life. Read ‘6 Ways We Kill Innovation’ if you are serious about making stuff and making stuff happen in this dangerous world for good ideas and the creative people who love them.”
—Peter Durand, Alphachimp Studio
Leading expert in graphic facilitation
From the Inside Flap
While most organizations give lip service to promoting innovation and creative ideas, they all too often sabotage "outside-the-box" thinking among the rank and file. In this book, David Owens has identified the six dominant types of constraints (individual, group, organizational, industry-wide, societal, and technological) that can keep creative new ideas from being formulated, developed into marketable products and services, or adopted by the intended users. Creative People Must Be Stopped organizes these innovation killers into a conceptual framework that demystifies what innovationis, how it happens, and how we stop it without even trying. This proven framework has been usedto diagnose the primary causesof innovation failure within hundreds of organizations that have gone onto develop strategies that foster innovation rather than stopping it in its tracks.
Filled with illustrative examples from real-world organizations, the book explores each type of constraint in detail and shows how it operates and why. This analysis is followed by a discussion of ways that particular constraints can be overcome. Every chapter concludes with a "Constraints Diagnostic Survey." These asessments are based on Owens's research and consulting work, and they provide a pointer to the most urgent and potentially limiting constraints an organization may be facing. In addition, Creative People Must Be Stopped contains an exercise tool designed to help move leaders toward action to overcome the constraints that have been identified. Owens also explores the big-picture issues that can arise when spearheading an innovation team and discusses the steps needed to help organizations become more strategic about innovation.
Creative People Must Be Stopped gives leaders the tools they need to foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation.
More About the Author
Owens has consulted for NASA, The Smithsonian, Nissan LEAF, Gibson Music, American Conservatory Theater, Alcatel, Tetra Pak, Tennessee Valley Authority, Cisco, LEGO, The Henry Ford Museum and many other organizations. He has done product design work for well-known firms including Daimler Benz, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Coleman Camping, Corning World Kitchen, Steelcase and IDEO Product Development. He has also served as CEO of Griffin Technology, a global company that specializes in iPod, iPhone, and iPad accessories.
Owens earned his Ph.D. in management science and engineering through a joint fellowship program between Stanford's Graduate School of Business and its School of Engineering. He holds an M.S. in engineering product design and is a registered professional electrical engineer (P.E). In his current work, Owens focuses on concrete strategies for creating positive change in all types of organizations.
Dave was born in Germany and is fluent in German. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.
Learn more at CreativePeopleMustBeStopped.com
Top Customer Reviews
The book made me think about all the weird and bad mojo I've seen go down in various work places. I once worked at a magazine that was owned by an enormous bank. Edicts from some far off place periodically directed our pencils, but there was no face ever attached, no rationale, no follow through on results from enforced change. We had a happy time at that magazine as long as we could fly under the radar, which we tried to do all the time -- I can't imagine that was the corporate objective. I've seen two small companies crash into even littler pieces when one person in authority took down another person in authority but wasn't adequate to the task or willing to take the voided place of the one ousted.Read more ›
The author says that there are six main ways in which innovations are killed:
* Individuals do not generate enough good ideas to create viable innovations
* Groups allow negative emotions to derail the process of evaluating and implementing new ideas
* Organizations find innovation threatening because they are designed to produce routine and consistent outputs
* Industries are oriented to today's market needs, and their customers are resistant to altering the economic status quo
* Society rejects or regulates new ideas that are inconsistent with prevailing norms
* New technologies have to demonstrate their effectiveness and reliability before they are adopted
The book goes on to describe in detail each of these six types of innovation constraints, ways of diagnosing which of the constraints is or are applicable to any given innovation situation, and suggestions for applying corrective action designed to overcome each of the constraints. A different diagnostic survey and a set of questions for reflection are provided for each of the six types of constraints, and an appendix gives guidance on how to use the assessment results.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually took an Innovation class in my EMBA program at Vanderbilt/Owen Graduate School of Management from the author. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy Tongate
I did not finish this book, because I could not get past the voice of the author. The book is clearly written by a narcissist and the focus on the author rather than the stories... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ryan Kapsar
Excellent read with tons of practical advice and useful insight based on current research. Great lens to view innovation efforts through. Dr. Owens has hit a home run!Published 17 months ago by Skip Culbertson
Very helpful observations about impediments to innovation. Some of the solutions offered are a bi simplistic, but the issues pointed out are very relevant.Published 17 months ago by David Schlesinger
It's too dry, long and technical.
The book cover is pretty though. I wouldn't recommend it, especially to creative people. WHat a bore!
Owens provides a great narrative on what may get in the way when you are trying to introduce an innovation and how to overcome those constraints - both inside and outside of your... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Matt Lawrence
I bought this book while taking a the MOOC with Dr. Owens. Purchasing his book was not required for the course, but it helped with my understanding of the course content. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Tamara Lewis
Dr. Owens is an exemplary professor! His book Creative People Must Be Stopped, is also complimented by his online presence which is a graduate course at Coursera (Vanderbilt... Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by ROX THE HOUSE