In an post worth to read from a trip to Dubai Bob Sutton give us five points on innovation:
"1. Producing smart individuals is the first step; teaching them to collaborate is the second step.
2. Teach people how to fight as if they are right and listen as if they are wrong.
3. Teach experts to seek out novices, and novices to seek out experts.
4. Teach people to treat innovation as an import-export business.
5. Teaching people how to succeed isn’t enough; teach them how to fail too."
Here is his Powerpoint presentation.