Just in Time for Christmas: Great Reads about Innovation

December 9, 2011 By IdeaConnection

“Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.” So said American businessman Harvey Firestone. And he should know he was the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one the world’s first makers of automobile tires.

But ideas and innovation are not just the province of international business leaders and inventors. Everybody is capable of tapping into their creativity and ingenuity. It’s with that thought in mind that lead Fox Business to compile a list of ten great book ideas for innovation in the workplace – just in time for Christmas.

There are plenty of pages packed with inspiration including:

1) Innovate! How Great Companies Get Started in Terrible Times by Thomas A. Meyer. A book that does what it says on the tin. But more than presenting a dry history lesson, Meyer explores the strategies and philosophies that helped such companies as Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard get over their difficult births in challenging economic times.

2) Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved by Jeff Degraff. If the innovation centre of your brain is a little rusty this is the tome that can help get it firing on all cylinders and boost your inventiveness.

3) The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen. OK, so that’s a pretty bold claim for a book, but behind the hype of a title are chapters packed with powerful insights. Harvard professor Clayton Christensen explains how even when companies do everything right they can lose market leadership or fail,  and he points out the valuable lessons to be learned.  He also sets out his rules for capitalizing on disruptive innovation.

If these books aren’t already on your shelves you might want to start writing your wish list to Santa.

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