Chapter 10. Organizing for Innovation

An intentional culture is the spine on which a positive organization builds. A mediocre company may have a strong but rigid culture transmitted by a fear-based boss or a wishy-washy culture promulgated by a leader with no firm business or moral vision. An excellent organization is one in which the founders build on a strong vision to take active steps to create an atmosphere in which innovation can prosper. Building such a culture is the last major role of senior leadership, the final aspect of the H in HAPIE.

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