Out Think presents big ideas along with actionable advice to drive unique value and innovation in today’s chaotic marketplace. In each chapter a key idea, behavior, or mindset shift is discussed. The shift is illustrated through proprietary interviews with business leaders conducted by the author. Techniques are described to show how the shift or idea can be implemented, with real-world examples. Assessments, exercises, and actionable messaging are highlighted throughout the book.
While some books address the changing economic landscape and the challenges of the creative age, Out Think is unique in the author’s unparalleled access, spanning more than a decade, to executives and thought-leaders who are, in fact, making a measurable difference. Through interviews and collaboration with these individuals, Hunter has assembled insights, stories, and actionable take-aways, with an emphasis on results that can drive the change that leaders want and need in their organizations.
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About the Author
G. Shawn Hunter (Portland, Maine) is Executive Producer for Skillsoft's video learning products. In developing these products, Hunter has collaborated with and interviewed hundreds of executives, thought-leaders, academics and authors in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe and Australia. These interviews have been transcribed, tagged and published in Skillsoft's Leadership Development Channel and 50 Lessons products. Shawn co-founded Targeted Learning Corporation with his father, Hal Hunter, Ph.D., which was acquired by Skillsoft in 2007. Prior to founding TLC, Shawn worked a ski instructor, on a ranch in Montana, an English teacher abroad, and bicycled across much of America.
Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud-based learning solutions for our customers worldwide, who range from global enterprises, government and education customers to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft serves over 5,000 customers and more than 13 million learners worldwide and provide continuing, hands-on support to assist them in maximizing their ongoing success.
Table of ContentsForeword xi
Chapter 1 Marketquake: Moving beyond Arrested Decay 5
Chapter 2 Trust: Establish the Engine of Leadership 29
Chapter 3 Inquiry: Provoke with Questions, Not Answers 45
Chapter 4 Exploration: Go to the Woodshed 69
Chapter 5 Aspiration: Dream Well—You May Find Yourself There 89
Chapter 6 Edge: Embrace New Kinds of Risk 107
Chapter 7 Connection: Collaborate to Innovate 125
Chapter 8 Mash-up: Borrow Brilliance 149
Chapter 9 Action: Get Moving or Accept the Consequences 173
Chapter 10 Signature: Make It Your Own 189
Chapter 11 Purpose: Connect with “Why” 203
Chapter 12 Sustaining the Innovative Mindset 221
About the Author 255
What People are Saying About This
"Out Think can help you win in two ways. First, to develop creative ideas and then, turn those great ideas into positive action! The leaders of the future will be innovators. Out Think can help them get there!" –Marshall Goldsmith, author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There "Innovation potential is everywhere throughout organizations. Shawn has given us the leadership mindset and the tools to bring it to life. Out Think shows you how to institutionalize the habits of innovation." –Jeff Joerres, Chairman and CEO ManpowerGroup "This is more than a book. It's a blueprint, drawn with clear and quiet brilliance, for building agile leaders who will thrive in this rapidly changing world. In Out Think, Shawn Hunter gives us a fresh way to think about crucial questions of leadership, creativity, and innovation, along with concrete, useful advice. My advice to you? Start reading, now." –Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code "The world has heard the crying need for creativity and innovation. Leaders have to invent and innovate themselves. Exceptional results demand new thinking, new approaches. Out Think will show you the path to help you get your desired goals." –Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam "If you want to deliver exceptional outcomes as a leader, read this book! Shawn Hunter has been all over the world uncovering exciting new insights into innovation and leadership and he shares them here. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about leading others." –Paul Hiltz, President and Market Leader, Community Mercy Health Partners"Out Think is a book that brings the art of innovation near everyone, underlining the practical and making the quest within the reach of leadership." –Prof. Liisa Valikangas, author of The Resilient Organization "Humans, over the next forty years, will redefine the rules of societal engagement because of innovations that would influence their intellect, behavior and the physical being. Out Think prods you in a direction to lead and innovate where convergence and collaboration become important." –Venkatesh Valluri, President, Ingersoll Rand – India "Out Think is a great source of concentrated innovation practices, the kind that leaders need in order to drive their businesses forward in these disruptive and challenging times." –Chip Conley, Founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels, author of Emotional Equations "Shawn Hunter presents actionable strategies for leaders to spark collaborative, innovative thinking within their organizations and tailor it to their needs—just what we need in times like these." –Matthew E. May, author of The Laws of Subtraction and The Elegant Solution "A timely and important book. Out Think is a top-notch distillation of ideas to help you build and apply powerful new leadership skills in your organization." –Garry Ridge, President and CEO of WD-40 Company, co-author of Helping People Win at Work "Out Think awakens the creative mind and lays out a clear roadmap for innovation. In today's competitive world, innovation has become the currency for success and Shawn Hunter helps you unleash it. A must-read for those looking to take their organizations—or careers—to the next level." —Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, Founder of ePrize "In this powerful book, Shawn provides us with well researched, tested and proven wisdom from diverse international thought leaders, and wonderfully adds his own personal perspective, providing us with a new lens to see the possibility and potential in us all." —David Penglase, author of Intentionomics "I've been an entrepreneur for forty years and I can tell you Out Think shows you how to mix the key ingredients of success - how to find your dream, be persistent and honest, and the insight to work smarter than anyone else." —Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts "Shawn Hunter has the innate gift of being able to decipher conversations and link insights meaningfully to unveil profound wisdom. Out Think is a must-read for all those who want to create their own personal armoury of insights, ideas and stories for bringing innovation and purpose to their leadership." –Sujaya Banerjee, Chief Talent Officer & Sr. VP for Human Resources, Essar Investments Limited "Shawn Hunter absolutely nails it with his new book Out Think. If you care about punching up innovation in your organization, you will find your answers in these pages. In today's world, innovative leaders make the difference in the performance of their companies. Out Think will give you the tools to become one." –Howard Behar, Former President of Starbucks International and author of It's Not About the Coffee "Out Think isn't just a book about innovation in business, but also in life. This book is a rich resource for problem-solvers who want to instill and employ innovation, organically, into their lives and organizations." –Dwayne Spradlin, former CEO of InnoCentive "In Out Think, Shawn Hunter teaches us how to develop the mindset necessary to run an innovative organization. Through his interviews with experts around the world, he is able to present state-of-the-art thinking on leadership and innovation. The book is filled with highly relevant examples and practical advice." –Jill Klein, Professor of Management (Marketing), Melbourne Business School "If you’re in business, chances are that you and your organization could use some solid insights into innovation. Out Think provides a great variety of tools and resources you can put into practice right away and that will help you plant the seeds for future successes." –Shawn Achor, Founder and CEO of Good Think, author of The Happiness Advantage