A Google search on the word innovation returns 3.5 billion pages. Oh Me! An Amazon search shows over 40,000 innovation books. Oh My! LinkedIn flags nearly 5 million people. Oh Meo! If you are the Chief / Director / Manager / Minister / Etc. of Innovation at a large organization – Good luck to you!
Through the amazing efforts of large numbers of experts and a minion of carefully directed interns, we hereby present a digestible list of Innovation Tools and Resources.
Buy these books and place them in a bookshelf behind your head so they are visible to anyone sitting across from you or on a video conference. Read them by candlelight during PG&E blackouts. From the GREAT web site Board of Innovation.
1. THE INNOVATOR’S DILEMMA – CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN
This might be one of the most profound and useful business books ever written about innovation. The book explains the difference between sustainable & disruptive innovation as a new view of practicing innovation.
2. MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN: OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES BETWEEN VISION AND REALITY – SCOTT BELSKY
Ideas are cheap, execution is what matters. For many, this last part is the hardest. This book gives some great tips & tricks on how to crunch the execution part of starting and running a business.
3. REINVENTING ORGANIZATIONS – FREDERIC LALOUX & KEN WILBER
After reading this one, your perspective on how to look at change management as a whole will be changed. It also helps you to look at how innovation can be applied to different types of organizations. A must-read for innovation professionals, forward-thinking C-level people, consultants & organizational changemakers!
4. RUNNING LEAN – ASH MAURYA
Reading this book led multiple people to quit their job. The book provides a fresh strategy on achieving product/market fit based on the ‘lean startup‘ and ‘the business model generation‘. If you want to get a first glimpse on this strategy before buying the book you might want to take a look at the author’s video content on youtube of this ‘ask me anything’ interview.
PS: If you are lacking entrepreneurial skills in your company, you can hire one of our lean entrepreneurs.
5. MADE TO STICK, WHY SOME IDEAS SURVIVE AND OTHERS DIE – CHIP HEATH & DAN HEATH
This book is about how to communicate your ideas. It summarizes the 5 traits that make your idea psychologically sticky. By communicating your ideas in such a way, their impact will be much more powerful. It is well researched, easy to read and hard to forget.
6. INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP – PETER DRUCKER
Peter Drucker, seen as the top management thinker of his time has had a huge impact on the way we see management today. In relation to most books on innovation & entrepreneurship, this book gives you some great (almost philosophical) insights on the daily practice of innovation & entrepreneurship in small and large organizations. Backed with case studies, tips & tricks this book is worth reading and re-reading.
Place these websites in a browser bookmark folder labelled “Innovation”
|Reddit | innovation|
|Idea to Value|
|Entrepreneur | Innovation News & Topics|
Subscribe to these podcasts on your phone and queue them up with discrete Bluetooth headphones when you would really rather be somewhere else.
Sourced from IdeaScale
What It Is: Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies.
Favorite Episode: Instagram: Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger
Why We Like It: You really get a sense of how many different ways there are for an idea to grow. Some companies have success due to collaboration, sometimes it’s due to someone’s singular vision, sometimes it’s because of dogged persistence and sometimes it’s luck. Hear a range of stories from inspiring entrepreneurs.
What It Is: A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.
Favorite Episode: Become a Better Listener
Why We Like It: Well, apart from the fact that their name has interstitial capitalization, they also feature big ideas that are flourishing in the workplace.
What It Is: Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
Favorite Episode: Rebel with a Cause
Why We Like It: This type of in-depth psychology gives us ideas for how to better engage the crowd, inspire creativity, and drive innovative thinking.
What It Is: Explores innovation and entrepreneurship concepts being studied at Stanford where Tina Seelig empowers students to be more confident, creative and entrepreneurial in life.
Favorite Episode: Breakthrough Ideas Require Advance Planning
Why We Like It: Tina Seelig is an inspiring personality, but she has some very practical approaches to creative thinking that can be applied by anyone.
What It Is: A podcast from VC funder, Andreessen Horowitz, which covers business best practices, emerging technology, inspirational entrepreneurs, and more.
Favorite Episode: From Jobs to Flying Cars
Why We Like It: A great podcast if you want to think about the future of technology.
What It Is: Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work.
Favorite Episode: The Daily Show’s Secret to Creativity
Why We Like It: We loved Adam Grant’s originals and his approach to presenting psychology concepts with practical case studies makes it seem like you could apply these great ideas anywhere.
What It Is: Each Game Changers podcast features a conversation about great innovations and great innovators with the goal of finding out how those innovations got started, how they were achieved, and what made them special.
Favorite Episode: Beyond Luck: Persistence And The Successful Woman Innovator
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