Corporate America bemoans a lack of innovative talent, but it methodically smothers creative spark, say the leadership consultants who wrote this paper. "Even when stellar external talent comes in, it is frequently drawn into the same anti-innovation culture that has been squelching internal talent," they write. Their research at Reuters, Pitney Bowes, Visa and other companies that foster creativity well suggests ways to identify true innovators and nurture their genius.

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