Vadim Kotelnikov    

Leading Innovation

Develop Innovation Strategy, Lead and Manage Innovation-based Change


 "Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience." ~ Hyman Rickover  >>>


Inspirational Leadership

10 Roles

  1. Make relentless innovation a religion... More

New Management Model Systemic Innovation Managing Innovation by Cross-functional Teams Cross-functonal Teams Ten3 Business e-Coach: why, what, and how Strategic Alignment Building Your Cross-functional Expertise Systemic Innovation Setting Objectives Measuring Innovation Cross-functional Teams

Innovation Quotes

  • Mangers succeed by following the rules. Innovators succeed by breaking the rules... More

Creative Leadership DOs and DON'Ts

How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Creative people need constraints... More

Leading Change

The 8 Stage Change Process

Defrost a hardened status quo:

  1. Establish a sense of urgency.

8 Attributes of Corporate Success

By Peters and Waterman

  • Loose-tight controls.

Radical Project Management Idea Management Value Innovation Techniques for Fast Decision Making and Idea Evaluation Leading Innovation The Jazz of Innovation Loose-Tight Leadership Loose-Tight Leadership


The Jazz of Innovation

11 Practice Tips

The Jazz of Innovation: (A) create a guiding structure and (B) encourage improvisation.

  • Provide strategic alignment.

  • Establish a creative chaos environment

  • Allow freedom to fail... More



10 Ways To Murder Creativity

  • Ask for a 200-page document to justify every new idea... More

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Questioning

Maintaining a Fresh Perspective with Your Employees

10 Tips

  1. Encourage employees to think outside the box and work outside of the rigid constraints of your organization... More

Start Innovation with Yourself

To lead innovation successfully you should start with yourself. Lead by example. If you ask your people to be entrepreneurial, to innovate and grow, do so yourself. Be creatively dissatisfied with the status quo, have a rich sense of curiosity, question openly the impact of not only actions of others but also those of yourself to inspire employees to learn from you and do like wise.

 Success Case  GE Digital X-Ray Project

The Digital X-Ray technology development project at GE was about to die several times. This radical innovation initiative survived and finally prospered mainly due to entrepreneurial .skills of the project leader.. More

Visionary Purpose and Goals

Leading innovation requires a visionary purpose and goals. Make sure you keep stretch in your vision, communicate it constantly, and keep linking the events of today to your vision, underscoring the relationship between the two.

"The constant tension between today's reality and your goals is what spurs extraordinary innovation... Emphasizing the importance of today's work keeps people focused, while linking it to the vision keeps them motivated," says Christopher Meyer2 This communication should be enduring as "each encounter people have with the firm's vision unveils another element of connection."

Leadership-Management Synergy

Leaders: Lead improvisation. Managers: Provide structure.

Resulting synergy: Jazz of Innovation... More

Leading With a Growth Attitude

Establishing an attitude of relentless growth is what enables an organization and its people to achieve their goals.

The spirit of relentless growth keeps fresh ideas flowing and reinvigorates your company. The relentless Growth Attitude establishes a context within which corporate executives lead by setting direction, creating strategy, securing resources, defining organization architecture, and ensuring that learning occurs. The Growth Attitude should start at the top and work its way down your organization.

 Case in Point  Thermo Electron

An example of how effective creative leadership helped to keep innovation and entrepreneurial creativity and energy alive was the approach taken by CEO George Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron Corporation. He allowed each new project to spin off as a separate company, with Thermo Electron as the majority stakeholder. While thought by some to be primarily an innovation in capital financing, he believed it provided a strong incentive to employees, while at the same time being helpful in bringing in funding. His approach has been an ongoing success6

Developing Innovation-Adept Culture

Establishing the culture of innovation requires a broad and sustained effort. Though changing a company's culture is never easy, with the right leadership, cultures can be reshaped and amazing results can accrue. Establishing an attitude of relentless growth is what enables an organization and its people to achieve their goals.

The spirit of relentless growth keeps fresh ideas flowing and reinvigorates your company. Thus, "the primary challenge facing market leaders is to institutionalize an environment where every decision and direction can be constantly and safely reassessed."4

New Systemic Approach to Innovation

Until recently innovation has been seen principally as the means to turn research results into commercially successful products, but not all research leads to innovation and not all innovation is research-based. Innovation is systemic. It arises from complex interactions between many individuals, organizations and their operating environment. Firms which are successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and innovations are able to match their technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas of their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources, marketing, and customer service... More

Learning to Lead...

Establishing Purpose, Direction and Goals...

Innovation Process: Diversion and Conversion of Ideas...

New Challenge: Leading Knowledge Workers...

Leadership Style...

Positioning of a Leader...

Emotional Task of the Leader...

Creative Leadership...

Managing Creativity...

Creative Problem Solving (CPS)...

Inspiring People...

Energizing Employees...

Volatility Leadership...

Strategic Achievement...

Infecting Your Firm with the Growth Attitude...

Ten Tips for Maintaining a Fresh Perspective with Your Employees...

Thought Provokers...

 Case in Point  Quantum...

 Case in Point  Silicon Valley Firms...

 Case in Point  Hewlett-Packard...

 Case in Point  GE...



  1. "Extreme Management", Mark Stevens

  2. Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer

  3. "Leading Change", James O'Toole

  4. "It's Not the Big that Eat the Small... It's the Fast that Eat the Slow", J. Jennings and L. Haughton

  5. "1001 Ways to Energize Employees", Bob Nelson

  6. "Creative Intelligence, Leadership, and the Challenge of the Future", Alan Rowe

10 Brainstorming Rules

Techniques for Fast Idea Evaluation and Decision Making

Idea Evaluation By Weighted Criteria

Letting the Best Ideas Win

Google: 10 Golden Rules

Tips for Making the Vision a Reality