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To innovate, hire the 'wrong' people

Business leaders must use diagnostic frameworks to examine the extent to which entrepreneurialism, creativity and continuous learning is promoted within their organisation.

Champions such as Steve Jobs are the individuals who emerge to take creative ideas (which they may or may not have generated) and bring them alive. Their role is critical as innovation implies change, insecurity, resistance and risks.

INNOVATION success is often attributed to individuals with outstanding attributes. Examples of such so-called innovation champions include Rudolf Wanzl Senior who started the corporate success story of the world leader in shopping carts and airport baggage carts (Wanzl) as a locksmith in Giebau...

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