Winter evenings call for warm cosy nights in the company of a good book. If you’re short of a reading list this season, we’ve rounded up the latest launches that provide insights, guides, tools and inspiration for those interested in innovation approaches, big thinking and general brilliance.
If you are counting the days until the summer holidays, and don't know what books to pack yet, stay with us. We've handpicked a list of the latest editions for curious minds and innovation practitioners on untold stories, state-of-the-art trends and lessons learnt by those making innovation come together in businesses worldwide.
This book ‘will appeal to anyone who wants to learn about the major players who made it all possible. But you may not agree with Isaacson’s choices or the conclusions he draws about innovation – I didn’t’, says Bernard Cole, editor of the Electronic Engineering (EE) Times. However, ‘that is precisely why you should read […]
Not sure yet of what to read this summer? Futurist and New York-based blogger Dominic Basulto shares his reading list in this ‘Washington Post’ article. Basulto recommends books with very different approaches to innovation. Some take you into the ‘thought process of a top innovator’, such as ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for […]
Galileo, da Vinci or Gutenberg, what did they have in common with today’s innovation gurus Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs or Richard Branson? More than just true genius, innovation seems to be a product of distinct patterns of creativity and inspired perspectives on the world, as Rowan Gibson argues in his latest book, ‘The Four Lenses […]
Jobs’s life and work will surely fascinate generations for decades to come. ‘Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader’ provides the most recent insights into the legacy of one of the most extraordinary innovators of our time. ‘The Economist’ read this book and reported it is ‘much lighter than […]
DIAMANDIS, PETER H. AND KOTLER, STEVEN, 2012
This is Humanity’s ultimate challenge: to assure abundance for all. With this book, Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and science journalist Steven Kotler give us reasons to be optimistic. They show us how four emerging forces - exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion – ‘are conspiring to solve our biggest problems’.
STEPHEN SHAPIRO, 2011
Do you think you’re doing what it takes to boost innovation in your company? Think again. Named the best ‘innovation and creativity’ book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ, this provocative edition shows leaders 40 strategies that really work.
MARGARET HEFFERNAN, 2015
Business leader Heffernan explains how the accumulation of small, well-executed steps can produce major shifts and ‘why companies that actively solicit involvement beyond their walls are so much more effective’. She shows that this can help bring innovation to large organisations entrenched in old habits, sustaining transformation. You can watch her TED Talk on ‘Superchickens’, as well. Also available audiobook read by the author.
PHIL MCKINNEY, 2012
After popular podcast and blogging experiences, Phil set himself to gather in a book key questions that will make you think on how to innovate and create in today’s market.
W. CHAN KIM AND RENÉE MAUBORGNE, 2005
Published in 43 languages, this global bestseller has sold 3.5 million copies. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves, authors argue that ‘lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating ‘blue oceans’ – untapped new market spaces ripe for growth’. Its content has been updated and expanded.
DIAMANDIS, PETER H. AND KOTLER, STEVEN, 2012
‘If you read one business book in the twenty-first century, this should be the BOLD’, top inventor Ray Kurzweil says. Blazing the path from mind to market, this book shows how technology is ‘democratising the power to change the world’. The authors also share a ‘Psychology of Bold’ mental toolkit and the ‘essential best practices that allow anyone to leverage today’s hyper-connected crowd like never before’.
MARKOVA, DAWNA AND MCARTHUR, ANGIE, 2015
Traditional hierarchical ‘market share’ leaders are being replaced by new ‘mind share’ leaders – companies where success depends on collaborative intelligence, the ‘measure of our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all’. Markova’s experience in cognitive neuroscience and McArthur’s expertise as top CEOs ‘thinking partner’ meet to teach how to map teams’ talents and how to inspire and drive action.
LINDA A. HILL, GREG BRANDEAU, EMILY TRUELOVE, KENT LINEBACK, 2014
‘Why can some organisations innovate time and again, while most cannot?’ The answer – the authors say – lies in having a leadership capable of unleashing the ‘collective genius’ of the people in your company. This practical guide will help you do it, building sustainable innovation into your business’ fabric.
ERIC VON HIPPEL, 2005
Innovation is at everyone’s reach. And it is increasingly centred in the user and shared through user-innovation communities. Professor von Hippel will help you figure out how to be efficiently innovative in this new constantly evolving backdrop.
DANIEL H. PINK, 2009
Conventional motivators are just not enough to boost the creativity companies need today. Dan’s widely translated bestseller strives to do away with those, applying behavioural science to today’s work culture.
ASHLEE VANCE, 2015
Tesla and SpaceX founder is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the world today. This bestseller biography reveals Musk’s brilliance and his unique, eclectic and driven by goals personality – suggesting that he may come to be seen as an American innovation giant, in the mold of Ford or Edison. Read also ‘The New York Times’ review here. Also available in audiobook.
TOM PETERS AND ROBERT WATERMAN, 1982
Considered by Bloomsbury UK ‘The Greatest Business Book of All Time’, this business landmark was first published in 1982. It's based on a study of 43 of America's best-run companies from a diverse range of sectors, highlighting their best-practices.
PETER SKARZYNSKI AND ROWAN GIBSON, 2008
If you want to make innovation systematic in your company, and not just an isolated lucky strike, this is a book not to miss. A compelling guide on corporate innovation with an introduction by the management guru Gary Hamel.
DREW BOYD AND JACOB GOLDENBERG, 2013
Do you think you’re not different enough to make something new? These two innovation experts beg to differ. They will show you how creativity grows inside the box of common patterns found in most innovators.
JOHN P. KOTTER, 1996
Learn why some fail and how you won’t – this is Kotter’s promise. This business leadership guru tries to understand why and when changes derail and then looks for alternative paths. Follow his eight steps in any change process and make it work.
CHIP HEATH AND DAN HEATH, 2007
We can’t always explain why we are more attached to some brands than others. We just are. This book finds the six traits common to good ideas. The ultimate guide to how to have ideas that stick.
TONY DAVILA, MARC EPSTEIN, ROBERT SHELTON, 2005
The academic activity and consulting experience of the authors combine to inform corporate leaders of the best way to implement innovation and manage it. They present a thorough formal process proven to work at top companies such as HP, Toyota and Microsoft.
HENRY CHESBROUGH, 2006
Ideas don’t make billion-dollar companies. Business models do. In his milestone book, the ‘father’ of Open Innovation demonstrates how organisations can look outside their frontiers for ideas and intellectual property they can bring in.
HENRY CHESBROUGH, 2003
Open Innovation tells you why exchanging ideas is a win-win situation – resting on the notion that knowledge is being wasted. Chesbrough teaches how open models can help to unleash the full potential of the ideas and technologies in any organisation.
BRANDS, ROBERT, 2015
With 'The Art of Implementation', readers will quickly revisit the 10 key rules of Innovation (on how to Create and Sustain Innovation) and then dive head first into practical techniques to break down the barriers to innovation - whether they are self-imposed or due to external or marketplace reasons. As with Brands' first book, 'The Art of Implementation' delivers a hands-on, understandable, and practical approach to making innovation part of every outfit's DNA.
RAM CHARAN, 2015
How is it possible to lead, to make decisions in such fast changing world? Drawing on his 35 years of experience as top companies’ business advisor, Charan holds that you can use uncertainty to create advantage, by rethinking business and ‘crafting a strategy to reskill the people to travel these new paths’. To lead the way, there’s but one alternative: to be an attacker and ‘create a new world, scaling it up quickly, ahead of traditional players’.
ERIC TOPOL, 2011
‘What if your cell phone could detect cancer cells circulating in your blood or warn you of an imminent heart attack?’, Topol asks. The leading practitioner of digital medicine offers us this and other glimpses of the future of healthcare, by bringing the era of connectivity and big data to the hospital and laboratories. This is the definitive bestseller on the digital-medical revolution.
PETER F. DRUCKER, 2001
Peter F. Drucker changed management as discipline and practice. This landmark edition gathers essential readings of ‘the man who invented management’, helping you to manage your way up to success.
KOUNIOS, JOHN AND BEEMAN, MARK, 2015
Eureka moments are ‘sudden realisations that expand our understanding of the world and ourselves, conferring both personal growth and practical advantage’. The authors, both cognitive neuroscientists, delve into the brain, to explain and illustrate how it has these ‘aha moments’, why they happen, why we need them, and how ‘we can have more of them to enrich our lives and empower personal and professional success’.
GARY HAMEL, 2007
To Gary Hamel, ranked by WSJ as the world’s most influential business thinker, ‘change is changing’. To get ahead, companies must reinvent management. This book will show you how new, on-the-fringe management models will do just that.
JOHN P. KOTTER AND DAN S. COHEN, 2002
Within the theoretical framework of Kotter’s eight steps to successful change, the authors assess the actual practices of companies. Through a selection of interviews conducted by Deloitte Consulting, this book shows which practices work when implementing change.
GIJS VAN WULFEN, 2013
Van Wulfen, one of the top 150 Influencers on LinkedIn, will have you at page one. With a vivid writing style, he shares his method for making innovation work, so that your company can progress and endure in this expedition.
CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN, 2011
Understanding why companies expected to get to the top have failed, allowed the author to come up with proficient innovation strategies. This is a highly influential Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times bestseller.
JEFFREY DYER, HAL GREGERSEN AND CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN, 2011
Do you want to think and act like an innovator? See how it all comes down to behaviours. Building on disruptive innovation and top leaders’ experience, this book explains how you can master the five skills of great innovators.
PETER SKARZYNSKI AND DAVID CROSSWHITE, 2014
This step-by-step guide takes you through nine of the most important challenges you face in creating and sustaining value through innovation. With market tested methods and frameworks, Skarzynski and Crosswhite help managers embed innovation in their organisations’ DNA.
ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MAcAFEE, 2014
These MIT thinkers are optimistic about the future and believe we should be too – tech progress, 'the only free lunch that economists believe in,' continues to accelerate quickly, beyond expectations. Yet there are great challenges ahead, as this development rush may leave many behind.
RAY KURZWEIL, 2005
A provocative advocate of tech's role in our future, Kurzweil unveils his thoughts on 'the singularity' ahead: the merging of humans and machines, ‘a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.’ To Bill Gates, this book envisions a future where advanced IT ‘enable humanity to transcend its biological limitations - transforming our lives in ways we can’t yet imagine.’
PETER S. PANDE, ROBERT NEUMAN AND ROLAND CAVANAGH, 2000
If you’re implementing the Six Sigma method in your firm, this is a valuable tool. Focusing on the experience of companies such as GE and Motorola, the authors teach you how this productivity lever can work for you.
The Zero Marginal Cost Society. The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
JEREMY RIFKIN, 2014
NYT bestselling author wrote an ‘illuminating new book’, Forbes says: ‘Rifkin is very good on the historical origins of the giant, vertically integrated organizations that dominated the 20 Century economy. [He] makes a powerful case that, from a longer-term perspective, it is these giant hierarchies that are the anomalies of economic history.’ A book on how the emerging Internet of Things has the potential to push large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead.
ALVIN E. ROTH, 2015
Co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, Stanford Professor Alvin E. Roth explains how can sellers and buyers connect in new territories where money isn’t the only factor. His ‘fluent and accessible book’, according to the Economist.com, reveals the science of market design and matchmaking – showing why this is key when developing new markets, products and services.
Internet allows large numbers of people to collaborate in production processes. This is transforming the business world. A hit in worldwide business literature, Wikinomics explains how mass collaboration is revitalising both modern and traditional companies.
LASZLO BOCK, 2015
‘We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanising’, writes the head of Google’s Innovative People Operations. Drawing on his unique background – the why and how Google has consistently been rated one of the best places to work at – and on behavioural economics latest research, Laszlo Bock shares lessons that will help you build a better company.