As we step into the New Year, innovation leaders are likely to be looking back at 2018 and assessing what they can improve to ensure their success in the coming year. To lend a helping hand, we have selected 4 books that could prove to be particularly insightful in helping you meet your organisation’s goals. Why not make these your 4 business resolutions for 2019?
Strengthen your culture: The Culture Code (Daniel Coyle)
Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg and a New York Times bestseller, the author of The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle, provides an insightful look into how the world’s most successful organisations have created a culture of cooperation and innovation. The Culture Code unlocks the principles of cultural chemistry, offering a roadmap for creating an environment where problems get solved and innovation flourishes. Through science, insights from world-class leaders and practical ideas, the book offers specific tools and strategies that promote learning, collaboration and trust, to build a cohesive culture and drive positive change.
Go lean: The Lean Strategy (Michael Balle, Daniel Jones,Jacques Chaize, Orest Fiume)
Leading Lean experts address the misconceptions of the methodology in The Lean Strategy, a book that seeks to transform how Lean is understood, practiced and used within organisations. In these pages, the authors look at how the strategy can ensure sustainable profit and a competitive edge, by engaging employees and eliminating waste. The Lean Strategy outlines the effective tools, methods and attitudes that leverage the intelligence of the workforce, therefore generating unparalleled, sustainable success in response to key business challenges.
Move beyond competing: Blue Ocean Shift (Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne)
When they launched the Blue Ocean Strategy in 2005 (and updated it in 2015), professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne showed that lasting business success comes from creating “blue oceans” – untapped new market spaces – instead of battling competitors. After 10 years of research, the follow-up to the international bestseller looks to help those leaders who radically rethought their business strategies but who found themselves stuck in a ‘red ocean’. Blue Ocean Shift analyses the successes and failures of blue ocean projects that emerged from the movement, in a definitive guide to shift leaders and organisations to new heights of confidence, market creation and growth.
Set and achieve your goals: Measure What Matters (John Doerr)
In Measure What Matters, prominent investor John Doerr presents a simple goal-setting technique called OKRs – Objectives and Key Results – to make tough choices in business. OKRs have helped large organisations such as Google and The Gates Foundation drive focus, agility and explosive growth, while fostering coordination, keeping employees on track and enhancing workplace satisfaction. To replicate this success, the book shows business leaders how to create timely, relevant data to track progress. It also features a range of first-person accounts and behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates.
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