Book Overview

Surviving Innovation

A Mental Health Guide and Workbook for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Surviving Innovation

Table of Contents

Introduction
  • Innovation Stress Syndrome
    • Innovation Stress Syndrome and PTSD
    • Inoculating Against Innovation Stress Syndrome
  • Innovation Paradoxes
    • The Innovation and Failure Paradox
    • The Entrepreneur’s Support Paradox
  • Building Up Resilience
  • Things Are changing for the Better
Section 1: Innovation
  • Introduction
  • What is Innovation?
    • The Innovation S-Curve
    • Sustaining and Disruptive Innovation
  • How Do You Innovate?
    • Incremental Improvements
    • Market Disruption
    • Reformulating and Rebooting Previous Successes
  • The Criticality of Innovation
  • The Challenges of Innovation
  • Synopsis
Section 2: Workplaces That Inhibit Innovation
  • Introduction
  • Innovation Inhibiting Factors
    • Workplace Power Dynamics
    • Abusive Workplaces
    • Toxic Workplaces
    • Toxic People
    • Toxic Behavior
    • Chronic Stress and Work-Life Balance
    • Innovation Stress and Trauma
    • Persistent Workplace Stress and Burnout
  • Characteristics of Innovation Inhibiting Workplaces
    • Employee Disengagement
    • Leadership Limitations
    • Culture hostile to innovation
    • Erosion of Trust
    • Lack of Entrepreneurial Skills
    • Structural Limitations
    • Organizations in Decline
    • No Room for Play and Exploration
    • Workplace Trauma Denial
  • Synopsis
Section 3: Workplaces That Facilitate Innovation
  • Introduction
  • Innovation Facilitating Factors
    • Flat Structure Minimizes Workplace Power Dynamics
    • Supportive and Empathetic Workplaces
    • Non-Toxic Workplaces
    • Non-Toxic People
    • Non-Toxic Behavior
    • Support Work-Life Balance
    • Awareness of Innovation Stress and Trauma
    • Zero Tolerance for Workplace Abuse and Trauma
    • Inoculate Against Burnout
  • Characteristics of Innovation Facilitating Workplaces
    • Employees Are Trusted and Valued
    • Employee Interactions Are Happy and Engaging
    • Everybody Understands What the Organization Does and Why
    • Jobs are Built Around Projects and Initiatives Not Tasks
    • Job Descriptions Focus on Challenges Not Requirements
    • Failure is Embraced
    • Metrics Will be Primarily Qualitative Rather than Quantitative
    • There Are Few Bureaucratic Processes
    • Hiring and Promotions Are Based on Competence, Not Politics
    • Workers Can Say What They Want without Fear of Retribution
  • Synopsis
Section 4: Innovation and Mental Health
  • Introduction
  • Personality, Innovation, and Mental Health
    • Personality Traits Facilitating Innovation
    • Personality Traits that Inhibit Innovation
  • Innovation Stressors
    • Challenging the Status Quo
    • Receiving Rejection
    • Receiving Skepticism
    • Social Isolation
    • Fear of “Career Limiting Moves”
    • Fear of Job Loss
  • The Mental Health Impacts of Innovation Stressors
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Burnout
  • The Mental Health Benefits of Creativity and Innovation
    • The Joy of Creativity
  • The Brain, Creativity, and Innovation
  • Synopsis
Section 6: Getting Support
  • Introduction
  • Be Your Self-Advocate
  • Recovery Professionals
    • The Broad Categories of Counselors
    • The Broad Categories of Psychotherapists
    • Career Counsellors
    • Life Coaches
    • Social Workers
    • Psychologists
    • Psychiatrists
  • Finding Professional Support
    • Step 1: Think About the Support You’re Looking For
    • Step 2: Gather Referrals
    • Step 3: Scheduling Your First Meeting
    • Step 4: Ask Questions
    • Step 5: Build a Professional Working Relationship
  • Synopsis

Section 7: Maintaining Your Mental Health
  • Introduction
  • Building and Maintaining Your Network
  • Healthy Coping
  • Monitoring for Signs of Potential Relapse
  • Managing Setbacks with Compassion
  • Synopsis
Section 8: When You Need to Move On
  • Introduction
  • Managing a Forced Employment Transition
  • Grieving 
  • Workplace Grief Denial
  • Workplace Trauma Denial
  • Mourning
  • Letting Go
  • Moving Forward
  • Finding a Healthy Workplace
  • Moving Forward

Final Thoughts
  • Introduction
  • Synopsis

Surviving Innovation Workbook

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