Thursday, July 26, 2012

Innovation Book Club Discussion: More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams

Our July innovation book club pick was More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams and, as we mentioned previously, our featured authors Bob Eckert and Jonathan Vehar will be joining us for a live online discussion on LinkedIn today Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 1 PM EST. Ask your questions about energizing innovation teams, discuss your takeaways or questions from the book and connect with the BEI: Back End of Innovation community. Join our LinkedIn group to participate.

Bob Eckert and Jonathan Vehar will both be speaking at BEI: Back End of Innovation taking place October 9-11, 2012, in Boston, Mass. Bob Eckert will be presenting "Innovation Culture: Knowing What To Strive For, What Not To and How to Measure It" and Jonathan Vehar will be leading our various collaboration sessions throughout the event. Download the BEI brochure to learn more.

Congrats to our four winners who have been shipped a signed copy of the book. All winners have been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Even if you haven't finished the book, feel free to chime in with your thoughts on this topic. I've drafted some questions for our featured authors to get our conversation on the book started:

What do you think the biggest challenge is for most leaders in facilitating creative problem solving?
What’s one simple step an innovation team leader could take to begin to improve productivity?
You talk about people who are “stuck” in a pattern of thinking/acting what is your favorite way to get yourself or someone else “unstuck” from a pattern like this?
You write about the value of making mistakes in the book, how did you come to realize this value?

All group members are invited to post their unbiased reviews, comments and questions on the thread. We will post a recap of some of the best comments and reviews from LinkedIn to feature and share publicly here on our blog, with the permission of the contributor.

Michelle LeBlanc is a Social Media Strategist at IIR USA with a specialization in marketing. She tweets about innovation under the @BEI_innovation moniker, and everything else at @Leblancly.

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