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INNOVATION: Why not get management on board early on?

If you’ve got a really cool innovation, one that will be a game-changer, isn’t the best approach to go right to the top for support?  Not necessarily, because you are likely to get an outright “no.”  Then, even if you subsequently gather evidence that your innovation would be workable, you might still get a “no,” due to human behavior known as “confirmation bias” (people tend to look for evidence that supports their initial judgments).  Or, you might get a “yes,” and your fledgling idea will be subjected to the corporate spotlight, which might also be detrimental.  The authors describe a step-by-step strategic approach called stealth innovation, in which there is a period of development under the radar.

 Source: Miller, P., and Wedell-Wedellsborg, T.  The case for stealth innovation.  Harvard Business Review;91(3):91-97, Mar. 2013.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://hbr.org/2013/03/the-case-for-stealth-innovation/ar/1 Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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