Dell’s chief innovation officer on innovation portfolios and training

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Dell chief innovation officer Jim Stikeleather opened a recent Brightidea “birds of a feather” innovation gathering in Austin with a fantastic talk about the importance of fostering divergent thinking in big organizations — and some of the challenges of making real change happen.

“If you’re going to be a change agent, you have to understand that everyone you’re going to disrupt is going to be against you,” Stikeleather says. “You go into a management review committee, and what are the odds that everyone in there is going to benefit from your idea? It could be the greatest, with potential to make an incredible amount of money — but how will it drive the product line manager’s business?”

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