Innovators like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs saw what wasn’t there; they identified gaps and filled them. Barbee’s nuggets show the rest of us how we can develop insight — and turn it into innovation. Here are some that will move your innovative process along quickly:
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“The Innovation Formula: The 14 Science-Based Keys for Creating a Culture Where Innovation Thrives” by Amantha Imber (John Wiley &Sons, $21).
Every Monday morning brings the release of statistics from various government agencies and private organizations. The same is true of every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Imagination, ideation and innovation aren’t buzz words. They’re the core of the intellectual capital required to grow any business. Inquisitiveness and inquiry, other “I” words, grow intellectual capital. The first drives the what of creativity; the second the how.
“All About Them – Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others” by Bruce Turkel (Da Capo Press, $24.99).
Good numbers and data are the fundamental basis of business.
“75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop and Keep Great Employees” by Paul Falcone (AMACOM, $21.95).
With the 2016 election-year political cycle in full swing, the most talked about issue of two election-year cycles ago, the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — may seem like a distant memory.
Samuel Smiles published “Self-Help” in 1859. It was the best-seller of the Industrial Revolution — over 250,000 copies sold. Its availability on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com shows the staying power of his message.
“That’s Not How We Do It Here! A Story About How Organizations Rise and Fall – and Can Rise Again” by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber (Portfolio/Penguin, $25).
“Play Bigger – How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets” by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead and Kevin Maney (Harper Business, $28.99).
The hottest topic for most organizations this year is “Employee Engagement.” How are we keeping our employees and team members engaged and excited about their work? How do we increase team member productivity without increasing our costs?
“The Founder’s Mentality – How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth” by Chris Zook and James Allen (Harvard Business Review Press, $30)
“Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management” By Brad Karsh and Courtney Templin (AMACOM, $17.95).
“Be Bad First – Get Good at Things Fast to Stay Ready for the Future” by Erika Andersen (Bibliomotion, $27.95).
“Stragility – Excelling at Strategic Changes” by Ellen R. Auster and Lisa Hillenbrand (Rotman-UTP Publishing, $27.95).
“The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Binds that Make a Business Great” by Joel Peterson (AMACOM, $15.95).
“Selling Vision: The X»XY»Y Formula for Driving Results by Selling Change,” by Lou Schachter and Rick Cheatham (McGraw-Hill Education, $35)
“ Finding Allies, Building Alliances: 8 Elements That Bring — and Keep — People Together” by Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown” (Jossey-Bass, $29.95).
“The Three Box Solution – A Strategy for Leading Innovation,” by Vijay Govindarajan (Harvard Business Review Press, $32)
Long anticipated changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will soon become law. Employers are required to implement these changes before year-end, although the exact date for compliance is unknown. For most organizations, the new regulations will affect staffing, budgets, overtime, policies, procedures, benefits and morale.
“Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business, Reboot Your Life” by Mitch Joel (Grand Central Publishing, $18).
“The 10% Entrepreneur – Live Your Startup Dream without Quitting Your Day Job” by Patrick J. McGinnis (Portfolio/Penguin, $28).
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