BEST PRACTICES ARE STUPID

#1 International Best Seller and Best Innovation and Creativity Book of 2011

Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it.  In Best Practices are Stupid, Stephen offers forty counterintuitive yet proven strategies for boosting innovation and making it a repeatable, sustainable, and profitable process. Shapiro shows that non-stop innovation is attainable and vital to building high-performing teams, improving financial outcomes, and staying competitive with peer organizations.

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Don’t let its compact size – or snarky title – fool you.  It’s a worthwhile read.  Unlike so many other books in this particular genre, it doesn’t disguise otherwise straightforward concepts with overwrought explanation.  Shapiro gets straight to the point with 40 often counterintuitive tips on how to strengthen your innovation muscles, served up with respect for your time and intelligence.”
Jake Sorofman, Gartner Group

An overview of Best Practices Are Stupid
An overview of Best Practices Are Stupid
Learn more about the Best Practices Are Stupid book.
Hire People You Don't Like
Hire People You Don't Like
Contrary to convention wisdom, opposites do not attract. As a result, "birds of a feather, flock together." This will significantly impact innovation.
Don't Think Outside the Box
Don't Think Outside the Box
...Find a better box. Learn why you want to create well-defined challenges to accelerate your innovaation efforts
The Performance Paradox
The Performance Paradox
Sometimes, the more you focus on your goals, the less likely you are to achieve them. Learn why this is so, and how it impacts innovation.
Expertise is the Enemy of Innovation
Expertise is the Enemy of Innovation
Sometimes, the more you know about a particular topic, the more difficult it is for you to think differently about it. So, how can an expert find breakthrough solutions? Learn more by watching this video.
Failure is Always an Option
Failure is Always an Option
Innovation requires "failure." But we have over-glorified the need for this. When you view innovation through the lens of experimentation, you redefine failure....and then it is not always an option.