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

Writing Proposals: A Handbook of What Makes Your Project Right For Funding

March 3rd, 2017|

Whether you are a startup, researcher or consultant, at some point you may find yourself in a situation where you need to write a proposal for funding. Preparing proposals is a detailed process that takes lots of precious time and if you’re not familiar with the best practices for writing them, I dare say you may be wasting your time.

Foresight and Extreme Creativity: Strategy for the 21st Century

October 25th, 2016|

Judging by experience, most top managers and innovators feel that they are in a maelstrom of change. For some, the rate of change and the magnitude of the consequences induced are so high that they feel a kind of ‘Present Shock’ – a term coined by Douglas Rushkoff, building upon Alvin Toffler’s concept of Future Shock, to describe the psychological impact that occurs when too much is happening simultaneously.

15 Clever Thinking Tools to Create Winning Ideas Quickly

October 20th, 2016|

When faced with tricky business challenges, success is often linked with the ability to create new and meaningfully different experiences that are better than existing alternatives. Being different involves change, and implementing change and rethinking working practices is a big task for individuals and organisations.

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.

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.

A new model of strategic innovation

September 1st, 2005|

In their great new book, Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It and Profit From It, co-authors Tony Davila, Marc Epstein and Robert Shelton outline an innovation framework that is based on a portfolio model. Like a personal investment portfolio, in which you mitigate risk and increase ROI through a combination of conservative, middle ground and aggressive investments, they believe that organizations need to focus not only on breakthrough innovations, but also incremental ones.

The benefits of thinking out loud

July 5th, 2005|

In his excellent brainstorming book, Five Star Mind, author Tom Wujec includes a page on the benefits of thinking aloud. Many of us are deeply scripted in the mindset of the lone entrepreneur, dreaming up breakthrough ideas. But the fact is that having a conversation with someone else is a terrific way to bring new thoughts to life.

Gathering materials for creative problem solving

July 5th, 2005|

According to Tom Wujec, writing in his book, Five Star Mind, the more information you gather, the greater the pool of resources you have to draw upon for creative ideation. Here are some tips for seeding your pool of resources and ideas.

Questions for evaluating ideas

April 28th, 2005|

When brainstorming, it's not enough to generate a large quantity of ideas. You must have an organized way to evaluate the ideas you have generated. Charles "Chic" Thompson, in his excellent book, What a Great Idea! Key Steps Creative People Take, suggests this valuable list of evaluation idea questions.

Why does innovation feel uncomfortable?

March 24th, 2005|

Helping people to deal with change is one of the most challenging tasks that leaders of innovation face. GoInnovate!, an excellent new book by Andrew Papageorge, contains a wealth of advice that can help your organization to overcome resistance to change and to successfully implement a culture of innovation.

Change management: Know when to switch horses

October 13th, 2004|

Jerry Wind and Colin Crook, in their book, The Power of Impossible Thinking, make a strong case for the power of mental models in our personal and business lives. According to the authors, your mental models can either limit you or can spur you to feats of seemingly impossible thinking. But how do you know if it's time to rethink your mental model? Wind and Crook provide these valuable tips that can help you to decide when to abandon your current mental model.

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