The Heart of Innovation
The Heart of Innovation – Managing Apparent Paradoxes © is a mini-book on how to manage opposing forces when leading innovation in an organization. Readers will discover why all these forces are all vital to the life of an organization.
Through a series of expert tips they will learn how to actively facilitate the co-existence of four paradoxes that matter: a top-down and a bottom-up innovation process, the mobilization of individuals and teams, the balance of change and continuity, and the conscious juxtaposition of imagination and reason.
“At the heart of innovation lie forces that simultaneously oppose and complement one another. Like yin and yang, each has its benefits and drawbacks. Together they create value.
[ … ] Creative leaders will embrace and actively manage these paradoxes while extracting value from each and every element and ensuring their flourishing coexistence. The decisions they make do not constitute a permanent single choice of one or the other. They are hard choices about when each force should have its prime time and with what intensity and about how to manage their moments of tension. “Yes, and …” will be the words that guide them.” Writes Author Dimis Michaelides.
“A contemporary leader should not expect his people to ‘bow to the emperor’. They should cringe if people expect them to always be right. They should learn to live and manage. In this book you will explore what apparent paradoxes lie at the heart of innovation. Read on to discover how to manage them and become a true leader of innovation in your organization.” Writes Ros Taylor in her introduction.
Dimis Michaelides is a keynote speaker, author and consultant on leadership, creativity and innovation, and a performer of magic, music and improvisational theater. More about him at www.dimis.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org