The Difference Between Innovation and Smart Innovation

by colbert | April 23, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18th, 30 CEOs of Boston-based companies came together at Holland-Mark’s fourth CEO Series event to hear from Dr. Beth Altringer of Harvard on the topic of “Smart Innovation”. Dr. Altringer has spent the last ten years studying team-based innovation to identify what creates optimal innovating environments. Her observations about “what it takes” align closely with what it takes to create high-performing organizations in general:  clear motivations, designated roles and responsibilities, a risk-encouraging culture, and no assholes. Yes, no assholes. Her views are augmented by Holland-Mark’s own in the event handout “Smart Innovation: The Seven Dimensions of Getting Innovation Right”.

CEO Series #4 – Smart Innovation

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