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Scott Berkun, author of the bestselling The Myths of Innovation, uses valuable insights from the past as well as challenging in-class exercises to help you develop the leadership skills and knowledge you need to manage innovative people and projects.

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Average Rating: 4.583333333333333 out of 5 rating Based on 12 Ratings

"how to lead the innovators" - by Michal Konrad Owsiak on 03-SEP-2011
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I like Scott's approach to giving lectures. He makes it half formal half informal and he has this "natural" flow when it comes to performing. It makes acquiring the knowledge easier. What you get here is the knowledge wrapped such way it is easier to swallow.

Leading and Managing is devoted to growing ideas that are new and good at the same time. Well, in fact, this lecture helps you to learn how to manage people who are expected to invent "things". In first part Scott presents the basics, he tries to define what good ideas are and how to distinguish them from bad ones. He tells quite interesting stories which will probably entertain you while at the same time provide with the knowledge. Succeeding parts are related to the topics that will help you manage the innovation process. Scott tries to provide you with a Swiss knife for inventor, well for the manager who works with inventors, as a matter of fact. You will learn how reducing team size may influence the process, how to protect the people and what does it mean to protect them, how to deal with authorities and how to choose right people for right tasks. Scott is rather pragmatic, that's why he focuses on the experiment as a basis for any innovation. There is quite a bunch of people, mostly among the philosophers, who would argue with this thesis, but this is not that important. The part I really enjoyed was devoted to role definition. It's good to know how roles may influence anything we do in a team.

There is a lot of material within this video – you have to have almost four hours to spend if you want to watch it through. But it pays of, I can tell. There is, however, one drawback. This is why I am not giving here maximum score. The sound quality is very poor when Scott's audience takes over. Each time people in class spoke it was hard to follow – volume was way too low.

As a side note, I really liked Scott's question regarding bad day, or bad week. This was good one. You will know what I am talking about after you watch the video  :)

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects

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Leading Creative teams



Psychology of Innovation



The wonders of incubation



Project Management