Master Innovators


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12 people who have brought the greatest clarity to the field of innovation and their must read books. Based on a great blog post from the Harvard Business Review

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  • Master Innovators

    1. 1. MASTERS OF INNOVATION12 people who have brought the greatest clarity to the field ofinnovation, organized alphabetically, based on a great blog post fromthe Harvard Business Review DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    2. 2. Steve Blank • Who he is: A seasoned entrepreneur who lectures at Berkeley and Stanford • Most important lesson: A startup is a "temporary organization searching for a repeatable and scalable business model"—a structured search process maximizes your chances of success.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    3. 3. Clayton Christensen • Who he is: Harvard Business School professor and Innosight co-founder • Most important lesson: Doing everything right can leave a successful organization susceptible to attack from a disruptive innovator who changes the game with a simple, accessible, or affordable solution.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    4. 4. Peter Drucker • Who he is: Legendary management guru and long- time professor at the Claremont Graduate University • His most important innovation lesson: "The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it is selling him." Companies need to take a customer- first perspective to succeed with innovation.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    5. 5. Thomas Alva Edison • Who he is: Legendary innovator, credited with creating the light bulb, phonograph, and other innovations • His most important innovation lesson: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." If you arent sweating, you arent innovating.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    6. 6. Richard N. Foster • Who he is: McKinseys leading light on innovation for two decades, now serving on a variety of boards (including Innosights) and teaching at the Yale School of Management • His most important innovation lesson: To outperform the market, you have to change at the pace and scale of the market, without losingDESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    7. 7. Vijay Govindarajan • Who he is: Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth • His most important innovation lesson: Existing companies that want to master strategic innovation have to carefully borrow some core capabilities, thoughtfully forget others, and systematically learn some completely new skills.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    8. 8. Bill James • Who he is: Baseball writer, historian, and senior advisor to the Boston Red Sox • His most important innovation lesson: Looking at old data in new ways can highlight counterintuitive patterns that overthrow orthodoxy.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    9. 9. A.G.Lafley • Who he is: Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble • His most important innovation lesson: Innovation is a process that can be managed and measured; the key to successful innovation is a "consumer is boss" mindset.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    10. 10. Roger Martin • Who he is: Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto • His most important innovation lesson: Managers increasingly need to take "ors" and turn them into "ands."DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    11. 11. Michael Mauboussin • Who he is: Chief Investment Strategist, Legg Mason • His most important innovation lesson: Breakthrough insight can come from applying lessons from nonobvious fields to your problem.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    12. 12. Rita McGrath • Who she is: Professor at Columbia Business School • Her most important innovation lesson: Your first idea is wrong, so, as quickly as possible, implement a careful plan to learn which of your assumptions are flawed.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    13. 13. Joseph Schumpeter • Who he is: Austrian economist • His most important innovation lesson: "The problem that is usually being visualized is how capitalism administers existing structures, whereas the relevant problem is how it creates and destroys them"; sometimes you have to destroy in order to create.DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESS
    14. 14. DESIGNING BETTER BUSINESSABOUT USCongregation Partners is an advisory firm that helps creativecompanies and industries leverage technological disruption to theiradvantage.Visit us at or