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.

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.

Clayton Christensen’s New Book on the Disruption of Higher Education

January 5th, 2012|

Higher education is heading for disruption. In the new book The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education From the Inside Out, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring explore why this is inevitable and what traditional universities and colleges can do about it. Professor Bill Fischer, himself an avid believer in disruption, reviews this book covering an extremely timely subject.

Book Review: Relentless Innovation

December 14th, 2011|

In his new book Relentless Innovation, prolific innovation author Jeffrey Phillips looks at innovation from an enterprise-level perspective, encouraging companies to adopt an innovation capability that can be scaled and repeated throughout the firm, rather than attempt the one-off innovation initiatives that are common to big businesses today.

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.

Book Review:The Innovation Masterplan

November 15th, 2011|

Many companies tout innovation in their marketing. Being perceived as innovative is important. But the message and reality can only diverge temporarily. A new book by Langdon Morris is providing a simple but very effective framework to guide CEOs as they address what many perceive as the dilemma of innovation.

3 Advantages of Challenge-Driven Innovation

October 26th, 2011|

In his new book, innovation expert Stephen Shapiro recommends taking a challenge-driven approach to innovation, rather than open-ended idea collection, which tends to be wasteful of human resources and rarely delivers problem-solving ideas.

The End of Mass Innovation

October 12th, 2011|

Marketing guru Seth Godin, in his book We are All Weird, argues that the age of mass markets is over. Furthermore, the alternative to mass is not niche, but weird.

Harvesting Intangible Assets is an Essential Guide to Maximizing the Value of your IP

October 5th, 2011|

Harvesting Intangible Assets: Uncover Hidden Revenue in Your Company's Intellectual Property by Andrew Sherman is a clear, comprehensive guide to identifying, managing and leveraging your organizations intellectual assets – which may include patents, trademarks, customer information, software code, databases, business models, systems, processes and employee expertise.

Winning at New Products –Creating Value through Innovation

September 29th, 2011|

In a completely revised and updated fourth edition, Robert Cooper reminds us that his Stage-Gate process has become the most widely used method for managing new products in industry today. Stage-Gate is an ideas-to-launch process that encompasses a solid body of knowledge and best practice gleaned from studies of thousands of new product developments.

The next frontier: Digital innovation

September 14th, 2011|

Nicholas Webb's new book, The Digital Innovation Playbook, makes a compelling case for the idea that innovators must engage in digital channels, listen actively to customer needs that are stated or implied, and then transform these insights into innovative new products and services that deliver exceptional value.

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.

Evaluating an Idea’s Potential Using ‘PPC’

March 30th, 2006|

Most of us have a tendency to discard ideas too quickly, because we cannot see the potential value. Gary Bertwistle of Blue Moon Creative, author of the new book The Keys to Creativity, has come up with a technique that he calls PPC, which stands for Positives, Potentials and Concerns, that can help you to overcome this tendency.

Innovation is everyone’s job

March 1st, 2006|

In their fascinating book, INsourcing Innovation, authors David Silverstein, Neil DeCarlo and Michael Slocum point out that innovation is practiced in many companies today by a small, select group of highly educated people. For innovation to become more structured and repeatable, more people need to be trained in the processes and methodologies of innovation.

Metrics: A balanced scorecard for innovation

October 12th, 2005|

In their excellent book, Making Innovation Work, authors Tony Davila, Marc Epstein and Robert Shelton present an approach to metrics that they call "the balanced scorecard for innovation." Here's how it works.

Strategies for outsourcing innovation

September 16th, 2005|

In this age of outsourcing and partnering, the leaders of many companies have been asking themselves, "Should we outsource our innovation?" According to Tony Davila, Marc Epstein and Robert Shelton, writing in their excellent book, Making Innovation Work, that's the wrong question.

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