Creative People Must Be Stopped
IN THIS SUMMARY
In Creative People Must Be Stopped, business professor and consultant David A. Owens discusses the challenges of innovation within organizations. While creative new ideas are increasingly important to stay competitive in today’s dynamic marketplace, he argues that many organizations impose systematic stoppages, or constraints, on the people, processes, and structures best able to foster creativity. He believes that anyone can be creative if given the right support and direction. Owens identifies six major types of constraints: individual, group, organizational, industry-wide, societal, and technological. Using real-world examples from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, he shows why “innovation killers” often go undetected or underestimated, and what proactive steps can be taken to eliminate them. By organizing a conceptual framework around the constraints, he explains the nature of innovation, how it happens, and what can thwart or stop it. Readers can apply his framework to diagnose, prioritize, and help cure innovation failures in their own teams, groups, or other settings.