There's a story about a group of hungry soldiers who made soup out of stones by persuading passersby to toss in the occasional carrot or potato for flavor, and over time acquiring enough food to make a nourishing soup. In the same way, writes Jeff DeGraff, collaboration can help companies to cook up breakthroughs from apparently unpromising beginnings. "[O]rganizational innovation is mostly about making stone soup. That is, getting everyone, everywhere, every day to make small unique contributions that when combined create something truly great," DeGraff explains.

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