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The Innovators' Lab

Culture of Innovation booklet

If you're frustrated with the pace of innovation in your group, you need to read Dale's provocative new booklet. He explains his radical solution to stalled ideas and experiments and lays out a process that can change the culture in your group in 100 days, and in those 100 days start the flow of cost-saving and revenue-enhancing new initiatives.

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Dale Dauten

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President, Lumina Corporation and founder of The Innovators’ Lab®.

Author of “The Gifted Boss” & “The Max Strategy.”

Newspaper columnist, syndicated by King Features.

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Quotes from Dale:

“A meeting moves at the speed of the slowest mind in the room. (In other words, all but one participant will be bored, all but one mind underused.)”

- Dale Dauten

“It's time to re-appreciate the original software: paper.”

- Dale Dauten

“Most jobs are boring because they are designed that way. If you’re building an organization, you want to create jobs that qualified people can do readily. Then, when you go to hire people, you look for employees who have successfully done that exact job. In other words, you minimize uncertainty, which is same thing as structural boredom.”

- Dale Dauten

“In EVERY company people are going to make fun of the boss; it’s just that in the good companies, it happens when the boss is around.” - Dale Dauten

“The worse the job, the harder it is to leave. A bad job is like a leech on the brain, numbing the soul and sapping self-esteem. A bad job makes you less qualified for a good job and less able to find one.”

- Dale Dauten

“What another way of saying “workaholic”? Employee of the Year.”

- Dale Dauten

“The more time and people devoted to a decision, the more likely it is to be wrong. The more people involved in a decision, the more likely it is to prudent. Prudence kills.”

- Dale Dauten

“The more time and people devoted to a decision, the more likely it is to be wrong. The more people involved in a decision, the more likely it is to prudent. Prudence kills.”

- Dale Dauten

“Bad jobs carry the seeds of good jobs. It may seem wise to send lousy jobs overseas, but along with those jobs go the knowledge, experience and money which will soon enable foreign companies to offer their own brands. And when they do, the good jobs will grow there.”

- Dale Dauten

“The more time and people devoted to a decision, the more likely it is to be wrong. The more people involved in a decision, the more likely it is to prudent. Prudence kills.”

- Dale Dauten

“On the high road, too, there are potholes.”

- Dale Dauten

“We don’t want to admit to its grim efficiency, but there’s a reason why hierarchical, bureaucratic management systems are the basis of virtually all armies, governments, corporations, churches and schools: BUREAUCRACY WORKS! In fact, one reason it works so well is that an elaborate bureaucracy eliminates the need for charisma, reduces the demands upon competence, and replaces individual integrity with systematic regulation. Said another way, bureaucracy is leadership that doesn’t reply upon an actual leader; the system is the Churchill.”

- Dale Dauten

“Watching television these days feels like going to a low-rent carnival. Everyone is shouting to you, grabbing at you, grease-smiling and cheese-baiting… and that’s just the talk shows. Is there any guest on any late night show who isn’t selling something? Anyone who isn’t telling stories written by an image team? Now, the people who brought you TV are taking over the Internet. No wonder newspapers, both online and in print, are about to make a comeback.”

- Dale Dauten

“It’s easy to believe that we live in a visual world and that words, especially written ones, don’t matter. Don’t be taken it by that false logic. The truth is that words are picture-making devices, the visual before the visual, and words remain THE important business tool, and THE important career skill.”

- Dale Dauten