Innovators can often get better results simply by cutting a check to their colleagues, writes Michael Schrage. Paying marketers or accounting teams to set up real-world product tests or to get real customers on board can help slice through in-house resistance and turn prototypes into commercial products far more quickly. "Money can change everything," Schrage writes. "I've seen internal innovators in giant companies quickly cut through bureaucratic clutter and departmental resistance when they've put real money -- not just high-potential innovations -- on the table."

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