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Solving the Innovation Mystery

A Workplace Whodunit

By  Steve Gladis

Creativity dreams up ideas, but innovation carries them through.

There isn't a CEO on the planet who hasn't considered the importance of innovation. In the face of global competition and the explosion of technology, innovation is today's business imperative. How else does a company remain both productive and adaptive?

In Solving the Innovation Mystery: A Workplace Whodunit, leadership authority Steve Gladis deftly solves the innovation equation. He gets at the slower moving truth of how innovation actually happens and shows just why we must resist the hero tale and the mirage that is the eureka moment.

Delve into the experimentation, failure, and learning that make innovation possible as you get to the heart of innovation's collaborative nature. Then solve your own innovation equation by understanding how to fuel your company's innovation engine systematically, paving a straight path to commercializing creative business solutions.

Solving the Innovation Mystery: A Workplace Whodunit delivers an entertaining tour de force part theory, part story as Gladis tracks private investigator Roland Epps and executive coach Dana Glass to illustrate his innovation thesis that a safe, trusting culture is essential for creativity to thrive and for innovation to take root.

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Steve Gladis

Distinguished executive coach, author, and speaker, Steve Gladis is one of the country’s leadership experts. CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners—a leadership development company—he is the author of 21 books on leadership and a professor at George Mason University in The Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence. His company works with businesses, associations, and U.S. government agencies, and he speaks regularly at conferences and corporate gatherings. A former faculty member at the University of Virginia, Gladis also served as an FBI special agent and was a decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His company donates a significant portion of corporate profits back to the community. His most recent books are Smile. Breathe. Listen: The 3 Mindful Acts for Leaders and Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work.

Twitter: @SteveGladis
Leadership Blog: Survival Leadership


Solving the Innovation Mystery is one of the most practical books on innovation I have ever read! Steve Gladis's latest work is loaded with ideas to act on, starting today."
Tom Rath,
Author of New York Times bestsellers 
Fully Charged: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life and StrengthsFinder 2.0

If you're a leader looking for ways to turn creativity into action, this is the book for you. And if you like mysteries, this is REALLY the book for you, because Steve Gladis mixes a fun fable with solid fact to serve up an eminently readable take on the pressing workplace issue of innovation."

Daniel H. Pink 
Author of New York Times bestsellers Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us 
and To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

Solving the Innovation Mystery is full of insights on creating and leading the innovative organization and offers an elegant model—the Innovation Equation—to help you get there.
Marshall Goldsmith,
Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Triggers

Steve Gladis illuminates the mystery of organizational innovation, with an engaging storyline to boot. This book provides practical insights into how leaders can foster a culture that transforms creativity into innovation.”
Marie Schram, 
Vice President of Human Resources, LMI
This book is a great roadmap for business, government, and the social sector in the pursuit of solving community problems through innovation.”
Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Director, 
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Solving the Innovation Mystery is a unique perspective on how a company remains both productive and adapts to market needs. Steve’s feedback is always practical and can be immediately applied. I encourage you to read this book. You will be glad you did.”
Kathy Albarado, 
CEO, Helios HR

Book Details

ISBN: 9781607280071

Pages: 136

Pub Date: October 2016

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111611

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