- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470460075
- ISBN-13: 978-0470460078
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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"Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins, and Muknd Karanjikar have written a book that aspires to give innovators, and all others who have a stake in seeing good new ideas become reality, a road map to developing the practical intelligence needed to succeed or to facilitate the success of others. Those who are inventing the next wave of clever solutions will find this useful." (PsycCRITIQUES, January 20, 2010)
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Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers toPersonal and Corporate Success
Conquering Innovation Fatigue is for anyone seekingsuccess through innovation. Business leaders, inventors,researchers, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders will benefit from itsinsights and practical solutions. It reveals the sometimes hiddenbarriers—nine major "innovation fatigue factors"—thatcan block the path to innovation success, and shows how to copewith or conquer them.
Conquering Innovation Fatigue takes a unique personallook at the challenges innovators face in their journey, invokingthe metaphor of immigrants in a strange land facing barriers atmultiple levels. By drawing upon original case studies and advancesin innovation theory and practice—some presented here for thefirst time—the authors show how innovation can be energizedto conquer fatigue and help innovators reach success.
You will learn how to:
- Recognize and overcome the nine major innovation fatiguefactors across three key categories
- Make the right connections to bring innovation to themarketplace
- Avoid unintended innovation-killers
- Enhance the productivity of your personnel involved withinnovation
- Exploit low-cost intellectual assets (not just patents) tobetter deal with disruptive innovation
- Turn the "innovation funnel" upside down to create moreefficient, targeted innovation
- Tap multidisciplinary skills for innovation success
This important book explains that understanding and overcomingthese barriers is vital not only to you, as an inventor,entrepreneur, or researcher, but also to business leaders,licensing professionals, IP professionals, corporations, and evenleaders of nations!
Conquering Innovation Fatigue points the way tocost-effective, practical solutions to strengthen innovation andachieve personal or corporate success. There's no reason to letfatigue get in your way.
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I completely agree that we 'innovators' have our dark side, which is our personal contribution to innovation fatigue, and which often comes across as blown up pride. Honestly, it's because we think our ideas are the greatest gift to the planet. This attitude is understandably shunned by all others, such as those we must sell our ideas to.
Me being made aware of this phenomenon was most liberating. It got me thinking. In fact, we innovators NEED that pride to invent something in the first place. That pride is our strength: to have that grand and lofty vision; to think we can make a difference and fix all the world's problems. And then to go about coming up with solutions.
But as Lindsay et. al. point out, we must BALANCE this pride with patience, humility, diligence.
The theme of balance is brought up again and again - for example, in Chapter 7, Breaking The Will To Share, the authors say, "One of the paradoxes of human life is that strength becomes weakness when it is not balanced or coupled with flexibility and openness to change and growth." This points to the general solution to all hindrances in life, and innovation in particular: For every strength there is a dark side (a weakness), and the key is bringing BALANCE to that strength. (This deep truth is a recurring theme in many ancient works as well, such as the I. Ching.)
I also appreciated the thorough attention given (in the second half of the book) to legal issues, including patents and government regulation issues, that can hinder innovation progress. A great collection of real examples were provided, leaving me with the equivalent of several lifetimes of careers in corporate management, patent law, and research & development - along with the wisdom gained thereof. Thank you Lindsay, Perkins, and Karanjikar for your contribution via this book.
2009 seems to be a year with very few "gotta have" breakthrough products that consumers are racing to claim to put under their trees this season. The stores are full of products and variations of products from previous year, with the only differentiation being price. Competing on price alone is a "race to the bottom" - only "innovation" will rescue corporate profits and increase top-line revenue, and "Innovation Fatigue" provides a roadmap of the routes to take, and detours to avoid, to be successful in the years to come.
Intellectual Property (IP) is the currency of the 21st century, and "innovation" is the key ingredient to any IP recipe. The authors of Innovation Fatigue clearly have a deep and profound understanding of this principle, and have pulled their insights together in a way that an individual inventor to a CEO of a Fortune 500 company can understand and put into action. Well done!
This book explains the many fatigue factors by organizing them smartly into 9 easy to remember categories detailed in chapters 4 to 17. The book is well organized and easy to read. Interestingly, executive managers can take easy steps to remove fatigue factors and then have an easier time concentrating on the major barrier to innovation in the companies. Hence, I recommend this book as a nice read for innovation managers, and I strongly feel it would make a great reference book.
Ph.D in Innovation Management from Purdue
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