Book Reviews2020-03-20T15:51:35-07:00

A Modern Reading of Drucker’s Classic “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

March 21st, 2017|

Peter Drucker wrote Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the 1980s as a book that for the first time put innovation as a regular management tool, side-by-side with strategy and operations in a managed business. It offers little mystification of the term "innovation" and there is much of a practical approach to where innovation is made---or might be made.

Creative Strength Training

February 3rd, 2017|

Creativity: a highly sought-after skill which can be illusive in times of need. The big question is what can we do about it? Whether you’re a professional artist, dancer, comedian, scientist, inventor or entrepreneur, you will experience the highs and lows, inspiration, frustration, self-criticism, doubt, and problem solving within your personal creative process. In the end, we’re all bringing something new into the world and hoping it will find its place and be well-received by others.

Inspiring Business Lessons from the World’s Greatest Thinkers and Innovators

December 7th, 2016|

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.” In Paul Sloane’s latest book, Think Like an Innovator, you will learn from the struggles and accomplishments of 76 of the world’s greatest thinkers: artists, business leaders, geniuses, inventors, mavericks, pioneers, scientists and visionaries.

The Innovator’s DNA

September 8th, 2011|

What are the characteristics or skills of a strong innovator? In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Dyer, Gregersen and Christensen set out five skills or attributes they claim are consistently demonstrated by successful innovators. The identification of these attributes is helpful but the book fails to fully address how firms should take advantage of the new insights, especially at an enterprise level.

New Book Introduces The Innovation Master Plan Framework

August 8th, 2011|

Progress in every field requires a framework that makes the key principles and practices understandable and actionable. In his new book, The Innovation Masterplan, Langdon Morris presents a comprehensive new framework for innovation management. This is the first part in a series of eleven chapters.

Thinking about starting your own venture? Then read Hugh MacLeod’s new book, ‘Evil Plans’

February 16th, 2011|

Are you a cubicle slave who longs to be their own boss, to take their Really Big Idea and run with it, unencumbered by the shackles of the corporate world? Then you need to pick up Hugh MacLeod's new book, Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination. Hugh MacLeod is the author of the best-selling book, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, and wickedly inspiring author of the Gaping Void cartoon series - simple, business-card-sized line drawings packed with pithy observations about life, work and meaning that have become wildly popular during the last few years. MacLeod, who formerly worked in the New York advertising world, eats his own dog food. He is now doing the work that he [...]

Open Services Innovation by Henry Chesbrough

January 27th, 2011|

Chesbrough is back with a new book on open innovation, this time extending the open paradigm to services. Paul Hobcraft goes past the sub-title “Rethinking your business to grow and compete in a new era”, in search of the real news.

The other side of innovation

October 7th, 2010|

In this week's book review Ellen DiResta looks at The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge, by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, two faculty members from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, published by Harvard Business Review.

Business Model Generation

September 23rd, 2010|

In this book review Paul Hobcraft looks at Business Model Generation- a book written by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur, along with 470 co-authors, published in two editions, one self published the other by John Wiley & sons.

10 Innovation Lessons from the Movie Moneyball

February 5th, 2012|

Very recently I had a pleasant surprise watching Moneyball movie in my local cinemas. I was expecting a typical "losers become winners" movie but it's actually a great story about disruptive innovation. Here are 10 take-aways from this excellent movie.

7 Powerful Creative Thinking Hacks from Scott Berkun

December 7th, 2011|

We all need help getting out of our well-worn thinking ruts from time to time. When your work or life demands a creative solution but your muse has gone AWOL, why not try one or more of these creative thinking hacks from Scott Berkun's new book, Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds?

The Hidden Driver of Innovation at Apple – Revealed

December 6th, 2011|

One of the things that's becoming abundantly clear from reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is that a key to the company's innovation wasn't just Jobs' prodigious talent and relentless drive for creating "insanely great" products. There was also another element that I haven't seen anyone talking about as they eulogize this technology giant.

A Framework for Thinking about your Approach to Creative Problem Solving

November 16th, 2011|

We often approach challenges without considering what mode of thinking we're utilizing to solve them. As a result, we tend to limit the range of possible solutions we're able to generate. To help us take off the blinders and be more aware of our creative problem solving mindset, Chris Griffiths presents a framework called GRASP in his new book, GRASP the Solution.