Idea Agent


Book Title:   Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation
Author: Lina M. Echeverria
Publisher: AMACOM
List Price:   $27.95
Format: Experiential text
Publication Date:   2013    
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3217-4
Reviewer:     Rick Kimball, PMP
Review Date: 5/26/2017



Leadership has been written about for decades. The Idea Agent takes the process of leadership from “A to Z” in a highly creative engaging way. This book demands your attention as it digs deep into the innovative world of leadership. Liberating leadership through the development of individuals is the overwhelming theme.

Powerful testimony abounds as our author recounts many instances of team lead selection and personal development.

Idea Agent is a personal journey of those who choose to lead. Technology driven scientists are thrown into the arena of working together in order to solve some of engineering’s biggest challenges.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Lina (our author) wraps her leadership style around the seven passions described as: Into the Ring of Fire, Let the Best Take Flight, Live Values that Liberate Creativity, Demand Excellence and Enrich Lives, create a Culture, structure a Clear organization, and Provide Authentic leadership.

Each passion is explained in detail giving the reader insight of setting the right stage, for the top creative minds to deliver, and discover.


Idea Agent is fast paced and explains in great detail how scientific technology teams can succeed in conflicted confrontational environments. The majority of this book describes from Lina’s vantage point how Corning Inc. manages its organization in a demanding (often abrasive) competitive world of technology. Some of the world’s best minds and finest laboratories converge and must thrive in order for new product lines to survive and enter the marketplace.

Understanding personalities, unlocking inner potential, and in some cases, stepping aside are the true marks of a successful leader.

Idea Agent is in effect a blueprint / guide, for top quality management of teams and individuals.

Great leadership, as the book explains, requires a level hand to deliver the rigor when necessary, blended with exact timing to step back, as the team propels forward.

Highlights: What I liked!

Unlocking the individual’s potential, by giving them an open accepting environment is the catalyst to move beyond the ordinary.

In a technological world, all egos are on the sideline paving the way for open debate and real success.


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About the Reviewer

Rick Kimball, PMP

CEO R. F. Kimball Co., Inc.
North Texas, USA


Rick Kimball
, CPMR, PMP is owner of the R. F. Kimball Co., Inc. (Manufacturer’s Representative), a fifty-year-old company specializing in the technical sales of electronic products.

In addition to running the R. F. Kimball Co., Inc. Mr. Kimball has also worked for Dale Carnegie Training as their VP of Corporate Solutions.


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