Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

  • 10h 31m 48s
  • Emily Truelove, Greg Brandeau, Kent Lineback, Linda A. Hill
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how.

Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization.

Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires.

About the Author

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative. She is the author of Becoming a Manager and coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.

Greg Brandeau, long-time head of technology at Pixar Animation Studios, is a former EVP and CTO for The Walt Disney Studios.

Emily Truelove is a researcher and PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kent Lineback has spent more than twenty-five years as a manager and executive and, before that, several years as a consultant and a creator of management development programs. He has collaborated on several books, including Being the Boss.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - What Collective Genius Looks Like Ed Catmull at Pixar Animation Studios
  • Chapter 2 - Why Collective Genius Needs Leadership: The Paradoxes of Innovation
  • Chapter 3 - Recasting the Role of the Leader Vineet Nayar at HCL Technologies
  • Chapter 4 - Creating a Community Luca de Meo at Volkswagen
  • Chapter 5 - Beyond Purpose: Values and Rules of Engagement Kit Hinrichs at Pentagram
  • Chapter 6 - Creative Abrasion Greg Brandeau at Pixar Animation Studios
  • Chapter 7 - Creative Agility Philipp Justus at eBay
  • Chapter 8 - Creative Resolution Bill Coughran at Google
  • Chapter 9 - Cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem Larry Smarr at Calit2 and Amy Schulman at Pfizer
  • Epilogue: Where Will We Find Tomorrow's Leaders of Innovation? Steve Kloeblen at IBM, Jacqueline Novogratz at Acumen Fund, and Sung-joo Kim at Sungjoo Group