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Author: Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble Narrator: Chris Trimble, Kaleo Griffith Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781427235282
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The New York Times bestselling authors of Reverse Innovation and How Stella Saved the Farm distill more than a decade of exclusive research into one short, powerful, action-oriented book.

Companies stumble when they imagine that innovation is mostly about ideas. The reality is that ideas are only beginnings. Indeed, even a company with the world's best idea still faces a devilish challenge: it must build the business of tomorrow without endangering the business of today.

Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble are the world's leading authorities on the successful management of innovation. In Beyond the Idea, they distill more than a decade of research and insight into a practical, accessible, read-at-one-sitting handbook that offers invaluable guidance for anyone charged with making innovation happen: executives, managers, consultants, project leaders, and teams.

By offering specific action steps, Beyond the Idea extends the elegant conceptual insights from How Stella Saved the Farm, Govindarajan and Trimble's parable. Beyond the Idea shows exactly how to:

- Build a team with a very particular structure, one that makes it possible to simultaneously build something new and sustain what exists.

- Manage any innovation initiative as a disciplined experiment.

- Implement three distinct models for moving from ideas to action.

Beyond the Idea is an essential book for any business that recognizes that innovation always has been, and always will be, the key to long term growth and vitality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • At first glance, I was skeptical. By the end, I was blown away. In a quick, fun read I found brilliant simplicity, capturing best practices for enabling and managing innovation. I continue to recommend Stella to executives seeking to turn new ideas into material business outcomes. Roy Rosin, former Vice President of Innovation, Intuit on How Stella Saved the Farm

  • “Timely…Written in an accessible style, this useful book will help companies of any size tackle the task of innovation with relatively little risk.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book is a defining work on how we invest in and engage in the future. William Green, Executive Chairman, Accenture on Reverse Innovation

  • Unique and important work, hard-hitting examples, detailed and actionable steps, and clear explanations. Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc. on Reverse Innovation
  • The global community is now so networked that innovation can come from just about anywhere and make an impact everywhere. John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems on Reverse Innovation
  • This elegant story, rich in insight into what it takes to make innovation happen, has already had tremendous impact in GE executive development programs and on key innovation projects. Stephen Liguori, Executive Director, Global Innovation and New Models, General Electric on How Stella Saved the Farm
  • Govindarajan and Trimble have managed to do the unthinkable -- develop a case study that is both seriously thought-provoking and truly entertaining. Dolph Johnson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Hasbro on How Stella Saved the Farm
  • We have found How Stella Saved the Farm to be a very useful tool for raising the key challenges in organizing and executing innovation initiatives. James Euchner, VP, Global Innovation at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on How Stella Saved the Farm
  • Deere has already held innovation workshops based on Stella, with very positive results. This is a powerful, practical tool for learning and executive development. Mary Jones, Vice President Global Human Resources, Deere & Company on How Stella Saved the Farm

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About the Author

Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and the first professor-in-residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He ranked third in the recent Thinkers 50 list of the greatest management thinkers in the world.

About the Narrators

Chris Trimble, a well-known innovation speaker and consultant, teaches at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.