Book Review

New Book from Stanford Professors on Scaling Up Excellence

Stanford University Professors Hayagreeva (Huggy) Rao and Bob Sutton are addressing the “problem of more” in business with their new book, Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less. Together, They unpack the principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization, as well as provide strategy on eliminating destructive beliefs and behaviors that will hold them back.

2019-04-30T10:44:47-07:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Leadership, Organization & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Book Review: Kill The Company

Is your company too bogged down in meetings, emails, policies, and procedures, leaving little time for big-picture thinking and innovation? Then you need to read Lisa Bodell’s book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution.

2019-04-30T12:16:52-07:00October 8th, 2013|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

An Introduction to the Book No Straight Lines: Making Sense of our Non-linear World

In his book No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, author Alan Moore argues that humanity shifts gear when it demands fundamental change to its real world circumstances and that this moment stands as a turning point in the collective approach to the organisation of the economy and society as a whole. This deeply thought provoking work is relevant for innovation management professionals in all industries, as it: challenges how we think innovation gets done, and then offers up new viable alternatives; argues that innovation can be accelerated and costs reduced; demonstrates that we need a new vocabulary to describe non-linear innovation and finally, explains how innovation can also help build a more regenerative world.

2019-04-30T06:14:01-07:00March 20th, 2013|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Making Your Idea Matter

For many innovative people, the problem is not coming up with enough ideas, but getting attention for those ideas we decide to implement. To solve this problem, we need to invest more time developing persuasive stories that make an emotional connection with the people we're trying to influence. That's the message of Bernadette Jiwa's terrific book Make Your Idea Matter: Stand Out With a Better Story.

2019-04-30T06:36:13-07:00December 9th, 2012|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Book Review: Reverse Innovation

Though not a new concept, “reverse innovation” is hardly straight-forward in practice. Govindarajan and Trimble’s showcasing of successful projects, Fortune 500-type best practice and essential theory in the field endeavors to lay down a modus operandi, yet one which lacks a lasting echo. In this review Jeffrey Phillips argues that despite its good intentions, the book seems to cater only to multinationals, ignoring the needs of small/mid-sized players whose drive is high, yet resources low. Reverse innovation requires a different mind-set, workflow and altogether pace for socially and economically consistent results to emerge.

2019-04-30T07:10:00-07:00June 28th, 2012|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Sidestep & Twist: Mechanisms Behind the Battle Between Apple, Google, Microsoft & Facebook

James Gardner’s new book takes a look at innovation from another perspective – it’s not always about new ideas but how new ideas are made useful. In this book review René van der Hulst walks us through the three mechanisms Gardner has identified that accelerate acceptance of new products or services and increase competitive boundaries.

2019-04-30T11:46:10-07:00May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

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

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.

2019-04-29T17:15:33-07:00January 5th, 2012|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Book Review: Relentless Innovation

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.

2019-04-29T17:19:37-07:00December 14th, 2011|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Book Review:The Innovation Masterplan

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.

2019-04-29T17:25:42-07:00November 15th, 2011|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Winning at New Products –Creating Value through Innovation

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.

2019-04-29T17:34:45-07:00September 29th, 2011|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

The Innovator’s DNA

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.

2019-04-29T17:00:08-07:00September 8th, 2011|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |