Book Reviews

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    Jobs to be Done: A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation

    November 10, 2016 | By:

    Jobs to be Done, by Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman and David Farber, is a recipe book to help organizations move innovation projects forward. While Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s research on uncovering new product and service ideas has primarily dealt with the question of the “what” and the “why”, this book focuses on the “how” – the execution of the innovation discovery process.

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    Foresight and Extreme Creativity: Strategy for the 21st Century

    October 25, 2016 | By:

    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.

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    15 Clever Thinking Tools to Create Winning Ideas Quickly

    October 20, 2016 | By:

    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.

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    A New Approach to a Longstanding Team Building Tool

    October 11, 2016 | By:

    After dedicating his professional career to teaching team building in companies followed by fifteen years of travelling the world to teach people about the DISC model, author and keynote speaker Merrick Rosenberg continues his mission in a new book that takes a more playful approach to personal assessment and learning behavioral differences.

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    Practical Guide for Decision-Makers and Problem-Solvers

    August 11, 2016 | By:

    Corporate managers and entrepreneurs alike are accustomed to making tough decisions and seeking out the best possible solutions to everyday problems. It comes with the territory, but it’s not inherently easy. In order to reach a leadership position or own a company you probably have a knack for decision-making, but when the future of a business depends on the outcome, it’s important to reduce cognitive biases and calculate carefully.

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    A New Disruptive Paradigm

    July 21, 2016 | By:

    Let’s face it, running a business in today’s world is a formidable endeavor: change and disruption have become the new norm. In an effort to keep up, innovation is at the top of every executive’s priority list and new innovation methodologies, training and strategies are available every day. But is all the hype really helpful while Western businesses and policy-makers are working under an outdated paradigm?

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    30 Minutes to Get Unplugged from the Innovation Hype

    July 14, 2016 | By:

    At a time when organisations are plugging more effort into innovation, Gerard Harkin has written a book called ‘Innovation Unplugged’. Why? As he puts it himself, Gerard is on a mission to make innovation more effective by ‘unplugging’ from the hype, confusion and ‘gobbledygook’ that are so prevalent today, and return to the basic principles of innovation, and its role in enabling business growth.

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    Three Box Solution for Sustainable Innovation

    April 21, 2016 | By:

    “Before you can create, you must forget,” writes Vijay Govindarajan (VG), one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation in his latest book “The Three Box Solution – A Strategy For Leading Innovation.” Why does VG say this and what can we learn from him?

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    Innovation & Ideation for Designers (and their Public)

    April 9, 2015 | By:

    In today’s crowded marketplace a new product is only as good as its packaging and marketing campaigns. How can you make it stand out from the competition? How can you update the design of your product without alienating your customer? The new book “Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of graphic Design for Creative Success” provides ideation techniques and creative tools to push boundaries and expectations while preserving the function and message of the design.

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    How Surrounding Yourself with the Best Will Drive Business and Innovation Value

    September 19, 2014 | By:

    I spoke with Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, author of the new book “It’s Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best” about the linkages between HR and innovation perspectives to drive business value. It is a great read and is in-line with some of my thinking about the role of HR in driving innovation success in large corporate organizations, so I wanted to have a chat and gather his thoughts.

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    Two Books for the Chief Innovation Officer

    September 9, 2014 | By:

    Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.

  • Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe: Theory, Practice and Policy in Innovation and Innovation Systems

    Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe: Theory, Practice and Policy in Innovation and Innovation Systems

    February 17, 2014 | By:

    This book analyzes innovation within the setting of Latin America,which is one of the most dynamic business regions in the world. The objective throughout the book is to narrow down different innovation definitions, explore the need for training innovation professionals, elaborate strategies and enunciate best practices for ensuring its delivery, and review innovation and knowledge transfer projects.

  • Book Review: Kill The Company

    Book Review: Kill The Company

    October 8, 2013 | By:

    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.

  • Making Your Idea Matter

    Making Your Idea Matter

    December 9, 2012 | By:

    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.

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    Steal Like an Artist: A Concise, Inspiring Guide for Creators

    December 5, 2012 | By:

    Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon is a wonderful little book that is designed for anyone who is ever has had a desire to create something amazing, but doesn’t know where to start.

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