Summary of How to Manage for Collective Creativity

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Harnessing the “collective genius” of an organization is the secret to leading innovation.


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Harvard Business School professor Linda Hill spent almost 10 years studying extraordinary leaders of innovation across several industries. Her team’s work repudiates conventional thinking that visionary leadership inspires innovation. Rather, says Hill, “collective genius” is the secret sauce of successful creations. getAbstract recommends Hill’s fascinating analysis and anecdotes to leaders hoping to boost their companies’ innovation engines.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why conventional beliefs about leading innovation are erroneous,
  • Which three characteristics innovative organizations share and
  • How to nurture innovation in your organization.


Conventional wisdom says that to manage for innovation, a single leader must outline an inspiring vision for a team to follow. Yet a visionary leader’s true role in innovation is that of...
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About the Speaker

Linda Hill is a management professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of Collective Genius.

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