August is often that month when you finally have time to pick up a book. If you need inspiration, we’ve gathered the latest reads for innovation managers. From hiring tips to scaling innovation, Big Tech concerns to the power of crazy ideas, this reading list is bound to provide plenty of food for thought this summer:
- “Hiring for the Innovation Economy: Three Steps to Improve Performance and Diversity” by Nicole Rufuku: Despite the awareness that high-performing and highly adaptive teams are vital in this digital economy, most managers are still hiring 40% low performers, says Nicole Rufuku, who specialises in hiring and diversity. Here, the author highlights the dangers of hiring the wrong people in both large and small businesses and what team leaders can do to hire dynamic team members who bring value to the company, both in terms of growth and culture, in three steps.
- “The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation in Any Company” by Amy Radin: The complex, fast-paced conditions of business today means the pressure is on for managers to innovate, find new ideas and business models and create lasting customer value. The Change Maker’s Playbook provides a nine-part framework split into three phases – Seeking, Seeding and Scaling –, and ready-to-apply techniques that enables leaders to deliver value in the short and long term.
- “Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that Matters” by Steve Glaveski: Employee-turned-entrepreneur Steve Glaveski draws on his own experience to help dissatisfied employees become entrepreneurs successfully. Combining storytelling and a step-by-step framework, this book teaches you how to leave your job behind and effectively explore and leverage entrepreneurship, avoiding the pitfalls and gaining freedom, fulfillment and financial security.
- “Automating Humanity” by Joe Toscano: Designer Joe Toscano has published this manifesto that reveals the power agendas of Big Tech titans. Touching on technology, economics, public policy, psychology, history and ethics, the book provides an insider’s perspective on everything Big Tech doesn’t want to reveal, including the profits driven by fake news and disinformation and the use of our data.
- “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” by Safi Bahcall: Drawing on the science of phase transitions, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall explains how nurturing crazy ideas – so-called ‘loonshots’ – can also benefit organisations and change group behaviour. By applying these tools in business, companies can unlock potential to create crazy ideas and nurture radical breakthroughs.
- “The Future of Tech is Female: How to Achieve Gender Diversity” by Douglas M. Branson: In this accessible guide to increasing female presence and leadership in tech companies, the author addresses the underrepresentation of women in management roles. Highlighting the plethora of reasons women should hold leadership roles, both in and out of the industry, the book explores a variety of solutions to achieving a more diverse future for women in tech leadership.
- “Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results” by Barry O’Reilly: ‘Unlearning the past to succeed in the future’ is the premise of this simple three-step system from executive coach Barry O’Reilly. By unlearning, relearning and breaking through, this actionable framework shows you how to break the cycle of behaviours that were effective in the past but are no longer relevant in the current business climate.
Looking for more bitesize insights? Take a look at our Practitioner’s Guide for selected articles and further information for innovation managers.