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11 innovation must-reads this winter

December 18, 2017

Selected Books

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.

  • Bridging the Innovation Gap 2017: Blueprint for the Innovative Enterprise” by Martin Steinmann, Daniel Huber and Heiner Kaufmann: Offering fresh insight into innovation management, this book analyses the concept of innovation as a (mis)understood practice and identifies the so-called innovation gap. Questioning whether today’s enterprises are well suited for innovation, the authors have collected state-of-the-art knowledge, from leadership issues to building a strong innovation model, to boost the innovative success of enterprises.
  • Ma Theory and the Creative Management of Innovation” edited by Mitsuru Kodama: This book focuses on the core theoretical concept of “Ma thinking”, an idea that serves as a springboard for the thoughts and actions of leading practitioners, innovators and researches. In order to achieve integration of dissimilar knowledge, the book looks to clarify the characteristic dynamic transition mechanisms of new innovation and the synthesis of diverse paradoxes between formal and informal organisations.
  • Workplace Innovation: Theory, Research and Practice” edited by Peter R. A. Oeij, Diana Rus and Frank D. Pot: Focusing on workplace innovation, a key element in ensuring organisations and the people within them can adapt and engage in sustainable change, this book features a collection of multi-level, multi-disciplinary contributions that combine theory, research and practical perspectives. Presenting several international case studies, it also contains a range of tips and tools for implementing workplace innovation.
  • Creative Rationality and Innovation” by Joelle Forest: By adopting an artificial perspective, the author urges us to be creative in our innovation thinking and rationality, a form of thought that encourages a knowledge crossing and adventurous transgression. Through a detailed examination of the educational system, the book frees itself from many of the myths that surround innovation.
  • Effective Social Innovation: Planning Guide for Changemakers” by Jyoti Sharma: The first step to harnessing the full transformation potential of an idea, this book provides a step-by-step guide to building effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability into a changemaking programmes with the 4ORCE Social Innovation Framework. The author combines training and transcendental thinking to create unconventional tools for social innovation practice.
  •  “Radical Brilliance: The Anatomy of How and Why People Have Original Life-changing Ideas” by Arjuna Ardagh: Looking to discover what contributes to an original and brilliant life, Ardagh suggests that brilliance can become more of a predictable outcome and less of an accident, when four different kinds of focus, brain functioning and activity co-exist. By moving freely through these four phases of the “Brilliance Cycle”, everyone can make a unique contribution to human evolution.
  • They Laughed at Galileo: How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong” by Albert Jack: This humorous account of great inventors and their critics who predicted failure looks at the innovators behind the inventions and discoveries of the last 1,000 years. Despite providing invaluable contributions to modern-day science and culture, such as Marconi’s wireless radio and Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs, they were met with rejection and ridicule in their day.
  • Inspiring Innovation: How to Create the Magic of a Culture of Continuous Innovation” by Lisa Kent: Filled with real-life case studies, examples from brand name companies and quotes from leading innovators, this book provides an inside look at the key ingredients for creating the magic of continuous innovation within an organisation. This quick read hopes to entertain and inspire readers by providing many ideas and lessons on sparking big thinking.
  •  “Where Others Won’t: Taking People Innovation from the Locker Room into the Boardroom” by Cody Royle: Drawing on the success of large companies influenced by professional sports concepts, this book suggests that people innovation is the new competitive advantage. Through in-depth interviews and meticulous research, the book dives deeper into pro sports to uncover 50 easily implementable people strategies, from recruitment and leadership to culture and high-performance.
  •  “Exponential Potential: So Much More than a Disruptive Playbook” by Dean Furman: At a time when companies are growing faster than ever but also disappearing equally quickly, this book suggests that the right mindset and toolset can ensure businesses succeed. Here, the author covers almost every element of a growing company and provides the tools to ensure that a business can disrupt before being disrupted.
  • Culture Starts with You, Not Your Boss: The 5 Pieces of the Innovation Culture Puzzle” by Yoram Solomon: In this audiobook, the author presents nine fictional stories, inspired by true events, to help explain the model for building a culture of innovation. Founded on the notion that employees play a major role in creating the right culture and should not put the burden solely on management, Solomon also explains how to build trust in a team.


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