The Truth About Innovation: A Conversation With Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is currently the chairman of the Aspen Institute, and was formerly the chairman of CNN. He was also managing editor of TIME magazine, and has written numerous books, the most recent of which is The Innovators. The most recent before that was Steve Jobs’ biography, and many others before that, all of which are well worth reading.

In this candid conversation with ExecuNet CMO Tony Vlahos, Walter dispels innovation myths, reveals where innovation comes from, and much more.

  • (0:42) Who is innovative now
  • (2:07) The source of innovation
  • (2:58) “Second mover” advantage
  • (4:23) The secret to great innovation
  • (5:55) The power of imagination – and failure
  • (6:52) Hitting “refresh”


William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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