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The Innovator’s Discussion

The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams, 1st Edition

By Betsy Campbell


160 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book describes the conversational competencies that enable innovative entrepreneurial teams to create new products and ventures, and it presents several exercises and games to help readers master these conversational moves.

Based on six years of detailed empirical analysis of teams at the forefront of technological breakthroughs and new venture creation, this book shows you how high-performance teams verbally accomplish their work. Through engaging examples, exercises, and descriptions, it enables entrepreneurs to develop the conversational competencies that can help them create new products and ventures. The book includes a technique for making interpretation visible that enables teams to navigate pivots in the innovation process. It also includes the materials and instructions for the Toasted Marshmallow game designed to help entrepreneurial teams fail forward.

The Innovator’s Discussion enables readers and their team mates to build a conversational advantage. The reader will gain both a practical and theoretical understanding of the role of conversation in the context of entrepreneurial work. It is invaluable for aspiring and established entrepreneurs as well as for educators and those wanting to learn more about entrepreneurship, innovation, and high-performance teams.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Defining the problem 1. Misperceptions that prevent teams from innovating successfully 2. Why popular approaches to innovation aren’t enough Part 2. Explaining interpretive language 3. Collaborative language 4. Provisional language 5. Reflective language Part 3. Developing conversational competencies 6. Exercises to build verbal skills 7. Making interpretation visible through documentation Part 4. Using interpretive language in various situations 8. Interpretive language and a team’s final pivot 9. Conversational approaches for other dilemmas of founding teams 10. Organizational culture and language Part 5. Learning beyond the book 11. Yes but… common questions 12. A community to harness the power of words

About the Author

Betsy Campbell, Ph.D., researches the practices of teams at the forefront of science and technology. As a Penn State faculty member, she leads an initiative focused on the democratization of entrepreneurship. Earlier in her career she founded Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Inc. and co-directed the MIT CI Lab.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts