- Series: A Handbood for Business Innovation (Book 1)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Edition edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576750612
- ISBN-13: 978-1576750612
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gifford Pinchot and Ron Pellman have been working together for almost 20 years to help hundreds of new products and new businesses reach their potential. They have assisted over half of the Fortune 100 companies become more intrapreneurial.
Gifford Pinchot is a speaker, consultant and author of the bestselling classic Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur (Harper & Row, 1985), which has been published worldwide in fifteen languages, and The Intelligent Organization (Berrett-Koehler, 1994), co-written with his wife Elizabeth Pinchot. He leads the firm Pinchot & Company, which trains intrapreneurial teams to succeed, helps managers to better foster innovation, and designs reward systems that encourage innovation and wise long-term management.
Ron Pellman is an inventor, entrepreneur, consultant and trainer whose career has focused on the management of innovation. He has shepherded over 300 new product, new business development and technology planning projects for leading companies in the U.S. and Europe. Now head of Pellman EnterpriZes, Inc., he worked for eight years as the president of Pinchot & Company, helping both large and small organizations rekindle their intrapreneurial spirit.
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These "intrapreneurs" are the subject and stars of Intrapreneuring in Action, the sequel, distillation, and augmentation of the classic Intrapreneuring. Recognizing that those who dominate language dominate thought, Gifford Pinchot and Ron Pellman embrace their neologism with quiet fervor, offering a sequence of rules, guidelines, examples, and observations on what it takes for the intrapreneur to clear internal hurdles and "make innovation happen within established organizations". Here the subtitle suits words to action: the volume is a true handbook, linking prescription to prescience when discussing such issues as the crucial role of sponsors, the design of "intraprise" workshops (a particularly strong chapter), and the opportunities to develop innovation within a structured process. The authors are also remarkably adept at offhand insights, ranging from "ask for resources before asking for advice" to "lower your status by lowering your height". If you've ever been intimidated by an overly tall boss who insists on delivering counsel from his personal mountaintop, then you'll recognize the truth in Pinchot and Pellman's advice.
Complementing this sage wisdom is the book's tone of calm conviction, of ardent urging minus artificial urgency. The authors are to be congratulated for eschewing self-promotion; although they inevitably cite their own clients and case studies, they barely mention their own involvement. Similarly, in an extended description of intrapreneuring in the U.S. Forest Service, Pinchot and Pellman list several reasons why the Forest Service's enterprise team experiment succeeded, none of which is "input from inordinately brilliant consultants". Thus when the authors take particularly provocative stands - the best intrapreneurs "come to work each day willing to be fired" - the reader is far more likely to interpret them as wise counsel and give them the credit they're due.
Intrapreneuring in Action cannot be all things to all people. Although the authors believe their principles apply as readily to internal system improvements as to new products, they unconsciously overemphasize the latter in their notions of market research, financial planning, product launch, and the like. The handbook style can verge on the choppy and disconnected, so many readers - as the authors themselves acknowledge - may prefer to skip around and pluck out sections as needed. Nonetheless, Intrapreneuring in Action remains one of the most accessible and invigorating of the innovation books currently fighting for space on Amazon.com's virtual shelves. Aspiring intrapreneurs, not to mention past proprietors of neighborhood lemonade stands, will have plenty of reason to read this book through. Twice.
This book is rather short but it does provide a lot of practical theory on what I believe is a very basic concept - foster and SUPPORT creativity and innovation in the workplace. Let people build the proverbial "better mousetrap," in fact, be their biggest champion. It is only through creative, innovative, RADICAL thinking that we in the corporate world can ever hope to remain competitive. Unfortunately, most managers just don't get "it." It being the concept of investing time and money in people's creative ideas.
The only down side to this book is that it really isn't an action plan. It speaks a lot about creating an environment of creativity and innovation but doesn't spell out the "how." It merely explains the importance and emphasizes the fact that you need to champion said efforts.
If I had merely read the book and not gone through the training, I would have given this book 5 stars, based on the concept alone (which I STRONGLY support and implement). After receiving the training, I wondered how much practical experience the author really had. He appeared to struggle a LOT in the training and his sessions around creating a business plan were EXTREMELY lacking.
Due to the brevity of this work and the fact that it is not common knowledge, I have recommended it to all of my staff as a baseline understanding of a concept to which I am firmly committed.
This well-written, well-organized book combines some basic principles about what makes innovation work with examples of companies that have effectively developed new ideas. It provides guidelines for what to do. The basic principles of innovation may sound familiar to anyone already involved in idea creation and development. However, this handbook provides a useful guide or reminder summarizing these basic principles and showing how to put them to work in any organization.