Book Reviews2021-06-18T07:54:50-07:00

Interview with Erich Joachimsthaler, Author of The Interaction Field

November 18th, 2020|

I had the opportunity recently to interview fellow author Erich Joachimsthaler, the Founder and CEO of Vivaldi, one of the largest independent global strategy and business transformation firms, to talk with him about his new book The Interaction Field: The Revolutionary New Way to Create Shared Value for Businesses, Customers, and Society, to explore the important role that connections play in both business and innovation.

Interview with Scott D. Anthony, Author of Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization

September 30th, 2020|

I had the opportunity recently to interview fellow author Scott D. Anthony of consulting firm Innosight to talk with him about his new book Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization, which is his eighth book with his co-authors Paul Cobban, Natalie Painchaud, and Andy Parker. Congratulations Scott!

Book Review: Innovation Abyss

July 6th, 2017|

Dr. Chris DeArmitt says he’s tired of hearing people constantly talk about improving innovation methods and efforts, only to find that no real innovation is actually taking place. He also suggests that books on innovation are generally written by theorists and academics; people with no hands-on experience and no real value to contribute to the actual practice of innovation. So who can tell us what’s actually going on?

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.

New innovation book points to a sea change in the kinds of problems businesses face today

May 4th, 2011|

As the global economy has transitioned from an industrial to a knowledge economy, the nature of problems that businesses face has changed as well. That's why the innovation initiatives of many organizations aren't as successful as they could be, according to David Weiss and Claude Legrand in their new book, Innovation Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation in Your Organization.

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 impact of culture on innovation

January 12th, 2011|

The culture of your organization can have a profound impact on many aspects of your innovation efforts. Braden Kelley offers a list of questions that you can use to determine how much your corporate culture either supports or hinders innovation.

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.