Fire Up Innovation: Sparking and Sustaining Innovation Teams


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Strategic Insights Press
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8.0 X 10.0 X 0.47 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Helene Cahen, M.S., is an innovation consultant, trainer, facilitator, and speaker with over20 years of experience helping companies navigate innovation challenges. She is the founder and principal consultant at Fire Up Innovation Consulting (previously Strategic Insights), where she guides Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profits to understand innovation, create innovative new products/services, build effective teams, and support a user-centered culture.Helene has been a facilitator, coach, and lecturer for the Haas School of Business, and vice president of innovation for a startup. She is in demand as a speaker on the topic of design thinking and creativity, and recently did a TEDx talk on high performance collaboration for teams. Trained in creative problem solving and design thinking, Helene received an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership from the Center for Applied Imagination at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. She also has a business degree from Sciences-PoParis, a top French Business School. Born and raised in Paris, Helene lives in Berkeley, California, with her family. She raised three children and in her spare time is a hiker, an improviser, and a meditator. She recently took up rock climbing to challenge her fear of heights.


"I've known Helene for years, through the main TED Conference. She's among the best in the world at innovation. Her book gives you a practical framework & process for teams to collaborate successfully. A must-read for all COOs, CEOs, and leaders. This will change the way you do business. And businesses need to change."

Cameron Herold, Founder, COO Alliance; Author, The Second In Command, and Vivid Vision(R)

"A must-have guide to navigate the uncertainties, frustrations, and challenges often associated with innovation. This book presents a pragmatic framework to foster innovation throughout an organization and to enable teams to achieve a more seamless collaboration."

Peter Bregman, CEO, Bregman Partners; Best Selling Author of Leading with Emotional Courage and 18 Minutes

"The risk of not changing is greater than the risk of changing. This is what Helene Cahen's book Fire Up Innovation teaches us. In a concise and clear manner interspersed with practical exercises, this book lays out the core principles of innovation that will allow us to navigate and be more comfortable in our ever-changing world-whether as a team builder in a major corporation or as an ordinary citizen."

Hélène Mialet, Professor Department of Science Technology Society, York University Canada; Author, Hawking Incorporated

"Cahen fires up your innovation to speed through all three stages of truth . . . helping you quickly move your ideas from being ridiculed and violently opposed to the ultimate goal of becoming self-evident.

Soon Yu, Author of Friction and Iconic Advantage

" Helene Cahen's remarkable new book is certain to get you fired up about innovation. It overflows with reflection questions and actionable exercises designed to ignite new and creative thinking."

Laura Hassner, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

" Helene has done a wonderful job taking the otherwise squishy nature of innovation and collaboration and boiling it down into simple practical tools that any team can use. Stop staring at empty whiteboards, put down your dry erase markers, and pick up this book!"

Jamie Wheal, Founder, Flow Genome Project; Author, Stealing Fire, Recapture the Rapture

"A practical book for all leaders to move their team to the path of innovation while saving time and frustration."

Corinne Dive-Reclus, Global Head of Roche Digital Diagnostics; Advisory Board Member for Innosuisse, Mentor for the European Women Leadership Program