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The Innovation Formula

The Innovation Formula

Imber raises some interesting ideas about innovation and what it takes to create a “culture where innovation thrives.
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The Innovation Formula: The 14 Science-Based Keys for Creating a Culture Where Innovation Thrives

I’m always a bit leery of books that propose a specific number of things to solve some large problem. Innovation is a major buzz-word in business — if you can get more innovation, you can get more clients, which means more profit, which means a happy business — at least, that’s how I presume this simplistic path works. Everyone wants to be the next Apple or Google. However, despite my initial skepticism, this book is thorough. Imber looks at several different factors at the individual, team, leader and organizational level — all of which combine and connect to help foster innovation. It’s also clear that Imber has done quite a bit of research. There are many references and ideas for further reading if any of the specific factors intrigue you. I appreciated the balance between stories, research and practical applications. While you still must consider organizational, cultural and industry fit, Imber raises some interesting ideas about innovation and what it takes to create a “culture where innovation thrives.” Not all organizations will be up for it.