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10 Innovation-Killing Phrases That CIOs Should Refute

Published: 24 October 2014

ID: G00262525

Analyst(s): Mark Raskino


Innovation culture is a delicate thing, easily squashed. Some casually repeated management clichés undermine it. CIOs should not let these anti-innovation phrases go unchallenged.

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  • Key Challenges



  • 1. "We tried that — it doesn't work."
  • 2. "Digital is really for the younger generation."
  • 3. "Ideas are easy; execution is hard."
  • 4. "Even Google canceled its 20% time."
  • 5. "Only Silicon Valley tech startups do that."
  • 6. "You need experience first."
  • 7. "Corporate won't like it."
  • 8. "That's not the business we are in."
  • 9. "We'll put that on the list for next time."
  • 10. "Fast follower has proven best."
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