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How to be an Innovations Manager

These are some of the notes that I’ve left for a successor.  They’re about the spirit rather than the detail of the job (I’ve left that part out to protect the guilty<del><del>innocent), but I’m hoping they’ll be useful beyond their original organisational boundaries. First Advice To do this job, you need the mind of Edison, the spirit of a streetfighter and the thick hide of a battleaxe.  It gets messy sometimes, but always remember that it’s not personal (usually): you’re asking people to change the way that they work and think, and that tends to kick in defence systems (the “corporate immune system”).  Or as my colleague used to say whilst giggling manically “the technology is difficult, but the politics is impossible” (before going back in to sort out the politics). Your boss might be a long way away. Listen hard to them, but always have a plan in place for…