Good innovators don't fight octopuses

03/27/2013 | Harvard Business Review online

It's tempting to envision the innovation process as a struggle "between an heroic innovator and a bureaucratic octopus," writes Chris Trimble. Such an approach can be used to justify deceptive "stealth innovation" practices but fails to recognize the degree to which institutional support is necessary to bring even the best ideas to fruition. "[U]nless the initiative is quite small and incremental, it will take much more than one stealth innovator's hustle and ingenuity to get to the finish line," Trimble writes.

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