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Kimberly Davis: How can you create a culture of innovation?

Punk rock, hip-hop, customer service–large organizations develop risk-taking subcultures. JPMorgan Chase Foundation president Kimberly Davis says to align yourself with pioneering groups and their leaders.

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FAST COMPANY: How do you create a culture of innovation?

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KIMBERLY DAVIS: But there are subcultures within the culture. And that can be complicated, and people think about that as a negative, and people view that as a negative. I’ve always viewed that as a positive, because I think those are where you can have pockets of innovation. So you may not change the entire culture, but they’re places within the organization that just has a bias for innovation. I think you identify those spots in the organization that have a bias for innovation, you identify those leaders that are willing to take some risk, and you align yourself with those leaders, and you get those leaders to become allies.

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