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    15 Clever Thinking Tools to Create Winning Ideas Quickly

    October 20, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • book-review-effective-decision-making

    Practical Guide for Decision-Makers and Problem-Solvers

    August 11, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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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    30 Minutes to Get Unplugged from the Innovation Hype

    July 14, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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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    Innovation & Ideation for Designers (and their Public)

    April 9, 2015 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • how-surrounding-yourself-with-best-drive-business-innovation-value

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

    September 19, 2014 | By: | In: Book Reviews, Interviews, Organization & Culture

    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: | In: Book Reviews, Enabling Factors

    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: | In: Book Reviews

    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: | In: Book Reviews, Strategies

    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: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • Steal Like An Artist Book Review

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

    December 5, 2012 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • Evil Plans Book Review

    Thinking About Starting Your Own Venture? Read Hugh MacLeod’s Book, ‘Evil Plans’

    December 5, 2012 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • Book Review: Reverse Innovation

    Book Review: Reverse Innovation

    June 28, 2012 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

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

    May 3, 2012 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.

  • Book-review-the-innovative-university

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

    January 5, 2012 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    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.