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Fostering innovation is not just about getting people to think differently. If you want to make innovation happen, you need to change the way people act or behave in their daily work. And the best way to do that is to change the environment they work in. This article will help managers take a new approach to the leadership role and think differently about how to foster innovation in their companies. The authors present five key behaviors, which they believe companies ought to foster in their employees. However, these are not enough on their own: A final piece of the innovation puzzle is to leverage the power of personal motivation, to get people to persist in these behaviors, making them an ingrained part of what they do. Only then can leaders make innovation happen in their everyday business.

Tools and Frameworks:
> "The 5+1 Framework" is a diagnostic tool to identify the biggest behavioral bottlenecks to innovation in your own business, and how to fix them.

Examples Cited:
Lewin's equation, Nudge, R&D head of life sciences supplier, recombinant innovation, regional manager of conglomerate in Central and Eastern Europe, business unit head of auto-parts manufacturer, Jordan Cohen, pfizerWorks, subsidiary of European food company

Research Basis:
Stems from observations the authors have made through many years of direct collaboration with companies, and through research done in the process of writing the book Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013).

About the Authors:
Paddy Miller is a professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE.

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is a partner at The Innovation Architects, a management consulting firm, and a frequent lecturer at IESE.


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This article is based on:  Clearing the Path to Innovation
Publisher:  Estudios y Ediciones IESE
Year:  2013
Language:  English