Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative. She is the author of Becoming a Manager and coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.

Greg Brandeau, long-time head of technology at Pixar Animation Studios, is a former EVP and CTO for The Walt Disney Studios.

Emily Truelove is a researcher and PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kent Lineback has spent more than twenty-five years as a manager and executive and, before that, several years as a consultant and a creator of management development programs. He has collaborated on several books, including Being the Boss.


Winner of the Thinkers50 Award for Innovation, 2015

Gold medal winner for Leadership in the Axiom Book Awards, 2015

Winner of the HBR Warren Bennis Prize for the Best Leadership Article, 2015

"Recommended Reading: 10 Books on Creative Leadership" -- Forbes

"This immensely worthwhile read redefines leadership, encouraging would-be leaders of innovation to shuck the "Follow me! I know the way" approach and opt for an inverted organizational pyramid." -- Success magazine

"Throughout this concise book, the emphasis is on practical examples and detailed studies of what is required to make each aspect of innovation work. This thoroughness extends to the authors' prescriptions for the future." -- Forbes

"Collective Genius gives diverse food for thought ... overall it successfully bridges the gap between theory and business practice." -- Personalwirtschaft

ADVANCE PRAISE for Collective Genius:

Tim Brown, President and CEO, IDEO--
"The leadership of innovative teams and organizations is perhaps the most confounding mystery in business today . . . Collective Genius reveals the principles by which we can unlock the collective potential of our colleagues and release the creative potential of our organizations."

Reid Hoffman, cofounder and Chairman, LinkedIn; coauthor, The Alliance--
"An interesting and instructive look at how leaders can create flexible corporate ecosystems to unleash individual talent in ways that lead to greater organizational innovation."

Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express--
"Collective Genius offers real-world insights that will help today's business leaders challenge the status quo, drive new ideas, and create an environment where change and innovation are the norm."

Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos; New York Times bestselling author, Delivering Happiness--
"Linda Hill and her coauthors argue that innovation requires a different kind of leader--someone who can create and sustain a culture that brings out the 'collective genius' of all their diverse and talented people. A great read for anyone leading a team, organization, or community."

Terri Kelly, President and CEO, W. L. Gore & Associates--
" . . . Collective Genius is one of the few books that truly captures innovation in action and the important role--and qualities--of leaders who make it happen."

Mark M. Little, Senior Vice President, Director of Global Research, and Chief Technology Officer, General Electric--
"A great read, full of important insights for anyone involved in high-impact innovation . . . I look forward to sharing it with my colleagues."

Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab--
". . . A must-read for any manager or participant in an organization that requires innovation--in other words, any organization that wants to be successful in the new world of continuous massive disruptions."

Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; author, The Innovator's Dilemma--
"Innovation. Leadership. Motivation. Execution. What we need to do is quite obvious. And thanks to this book, we now have a guide to teach us how."