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Business for some is a dirty word and for others is everything. The feeling is mutual, for some in business see creativity as a dirty word, too. But the fact is that business only succeeds by constantly bringing new things that are better than their competitors’ offerings to customers who are prepared to pay for this advantage. Business needs creativity even more than artists. And that’s saying something.

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‘But there is only one person I blame for getting shafted, and that’s myself. I went into the deal which I thought would secure the future of Orange Aids with culpable impetuosity. I had been used to doing business on a handshake and my work of honour, and I made the error of actually believing what the men in the pin-striped suits told me.’

Trevor Baylis

‘The most important invention that will come out of the corporate research lab in the future will be the corporation itself.’

John Seely Brown

‘There’s usually some process by which a potentially great idea gets prostituted into something lacklustre, or by which the wrong idea gets put forward.’

Clayton Christensen

‘If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.’

John Cleese

‘business has only two basic functions-marketing and innovation.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.’

Robert Frost

‘If you’re too focused on your current business, it’s hard to change and concentrate on innovating.’

Bill Gates

‘There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.’

J. Paul Getty

‘Companies do not do new things because they understand it but because they feel it.’

Gary Hamel

Ideas that transform industries almost never come from inside those industries.’

Gary Hamel

‘In the new economy those who live by the sword will be shot by those who don’t.’

Gary Hamel

‘Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.’

Dee Hock

‘The only companies that innovate are those who believe that innovation is vital for their future.’

John Harvey Jones

‘The way innovating companies are designed leaves ambiguities, overlaps, decision conflicts or decision vacuums in some parts of the organisation. People rail at this, curse it–and invent innovative ways to overcome it.’

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

‘An innovation will usually suggest its own market.’

John Kay

‘A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words into action.’

Theodore Levitt

‘The trouble with much of the advice business is getting today about the need to be more vigorously creative is, essentially, that its advocates have generally failed to distinguish between the relatively easy process of being creative in the abstract and the infinitely more difficult process of being innovationist in the concrete.’

Theodore Levitt

‘An enemy of innovation could be your own sales force.’

Akio Morita

‘Most organisations say they want creativity, but really they do not.’

Jeffrey Pfeffer

‘Whatever made you successful in the past won’t in the future.’

Lew Platt

‘A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.’

Charles M. Schwab

Innovation, I believe, is the only way that America will regain the initiative in a global dynamic economy.’

John Sculley

‘I came to the conclusion long ago that limits to innovation have less to do with technology or creativity than organizational agility. Inspired individuals can only do so much.’

  — Ray Stata

‘We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies--in the minds of those closest to the work. It's been there in front of our noses all along while we've been running around chasing robots and reading books on how to become Japanese--or at least manage like them.’

Jack Welch

‘The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary source of creativity.’

Margaret J. Wheatley

‘The fixed person for the fixed duties who in older societies was such a godsend, in future will be a public danger.’

Alfred North Whitehead



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