The Innovation Manager’s Playbook

When we were children, my older brother and I enjoyed reading Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories and Uncle Scrooge comic books. The issues I particularly enjoyed were those that featured Donald Duck’s nephews: Huey, Dewey and Louie. Huey, Dewey and Louie were members of a scouting group called “The Junior Woodchucks.” What fascinated me about the Junior Woodchucks was their Guidebook, a small paperback manual filled with information about anything and everything Huey, Dewey and Louie needed to know to solve a problem or get out of a jam.

Paul R. Williams, President and CEO of Think For A Change, has written a Junior Woodchucks’ style guidebook for leaders of innovation titled: The Innovation Manager’s Playbook. Within this playbook you’ll find anything and everything you need to know to lead and manage innovation efforts within your organization.

Here are some of the great tools, tips and techniques in Paul’s handy guide:

  • current state assessment checklists to audit your organization’s current creativity/innovation capabilities
  • problem/opportunity identification and selection
  • how to ensure your innovation efforts are an integral part of your organization’s strategy
  • how to lead tactical idea generation from beginning ideas through following up on the effectiveness of ideas
  • a model for continuous innovation
  • an executive checklist to ensure commitment to innovation.

If you’re already well versed in innovation management, you’ll find insights that will enrich what you already know. And if you’re new to the area of innovation management, you’ll discover what’s critical to know. In addition, Paul Williams points out where else you can go to find additional information and assistance.

If you’d like to sample Paul Williams’ brilliance before sampling his book, I recommend you read his Think For A Change blog posts.

Huey, Dewey and Louie were very active in the Junior Woodchucks and earned quite a few medals. Earn yourself a medal and read The Innovation Manager’s Playbook.

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