Chapter 7


What we’ve done to encourage innovation is make it ordinary.

—Craig Wynett

Steering the ship of the navy  •  Continuity of vision  • Remove “single points of failure”  •  “Boards are the stewards of the company’s future”  •  “Strategy, innovation, and leadership can be learned”  •  Screening for future-back leaders  •  Building a learning culture  •   Finding a higher purpose

When this book was still in its very early stages, we visited Admiral James Stavridis at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was dean, and shared some of our thinking with him. Over the course of Stavridis’s thirty-seven-year military career, he rose to commander, US ...

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