Innovation Books

Books on Innovation and Creativity

Books to inspire, inform and guide you.


Innovation: Create an Idea Culture. Redefine Your Business. Grow Your Profits

Innovation: Create an Idea Culture. Redefine Your Business. Grow Your Profits

By Tom Gorman
"Innovation is the engine of the world's economy because there is no end to the problems in this world, and there never will be." Tom Gorman explores three aspects to "The Engine of Endless Success":
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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

By Michael J. Gelb
Michael Gelb says that we all can unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Gelb says there are seven critical principles that need to be followed for success, whether you're learning a new language,
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The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

By Roger L. Martin
"And just as we can develop and refind the skill with which we employ our opposable thumbs to perform tasks that once seemed impossible, I'm convinced we can also, with patient practice, develop the a...
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We Are Smarter Than Me: How to Unleash the Power of Crowds in Your Business

We Are Smarter Than Me: How to Unleash the Power of Crowds in Your Business

By Barry Libert, Jon Spector, and Don Tapscott
We are Smarter than Me is the first book to show anyone in business how to profit from the wisdom of crowds. Drawing on their own research and the insights from an enormous community of more than 4,00...
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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm

By Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman, Tom Peters
The Art of Innovation really teaches indirectly by telling great stories -- mainly, of how the best ideas for creating or improving products or processes come not from laboriously organized foc...
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Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
Wikipedia, the user-edited online encyclopedia that now dwarfs the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica is the prime example of what is called the new Web, or Web 2.0, where sites allow mass coll...
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Social Neuroscience: People Thinking about Thinking People (Social Neuroscience)

Social Neuroscience: People Thinking about Thinking People (Social Neuroscience)

By John T. Cacioppo, Penny S. Visser, and Cynthia L. Pickett
Social neuroscience uses the methodologies and tools developed to measure mental and brain function to study social cognition, emotion, and behavior. In this collection, John Cacioppo, Penny Visser, a...
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The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds

By James Surowiecki
Surowiecki first developed his ideas for Wisdom of Crowds in his "Financial Page" column of The New Yorker. Many critics found his premise to be an interesting twist on the long held notion tha...
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Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together

Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together

By William Isaacs
Modern conversation is a lot like nuclear physics, lots of atoms zoom around, many of which just rush past each other. But others collide, creating friction. One guy shares a statistic he's privy to,...
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Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities

Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities

By Adam Kahane
Adam Kahane spent years working in the world's hotspots, and came away with a new understanding of how to resolve conflict in a way that seems reasonable to all parties. Written in a relaxed, persuasi...
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

By Malcolm Gladwell
Blink is about the first two seconds of looking--the decisive glance that knows in an instant. Gladwell, the best-selling author of The Tipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind read...
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Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

By Howard Rheingold
The title of this book is a mild pun. People are using smart "mobs" (rhymes with "robes") to become smart "mobs" (rhymes with "robs"), meaning, sophisticated mobile Internet access is allowing people
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The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness

The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness

By Tom Peters
Tom Peters presents a provocative new vision for prospering in the "permanent state of flux" ruling today's business world. By juxtaposing short text passages and bold graphic images, Peters simply bu...
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When Things Start to Think

When Things Start to Think

By Gershenfeld Neil
A computer in your shoe? Maybe so. Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Media Lab, joins the ranks of techno-prognosticators, and his focus is on how the future of computing will fit into our physical
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Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

By Frans Johansson
Johansson argues that innovations occur when people see beyond their expertise and approach situations actively, with an eye toward putting available materials together in new combinations. Because of...
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The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization

The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization

By Thomas Kelley and Jonathan Littman
This book focuses on the type of worker and team-building rather than the work environment. The authors define 10 personas, including Anthropologists, who contribute insights by observing human behavi...
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New Thinking for the New Millennium

New Thinking for the New Millennium

By Edward De Bono
Edward de Bono believes that we have been let down by excellent but limited ways of thinking. He maintains that the thinking of the last millennium has been concerned with what is. This is the thinkin...
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The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving

The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving

By Morgan D. Jones
Leave it to a former CIA employee to conjure up a complicated yet definitely sensible approach to decision making. His point is that we don't know how to analyze and solve problems correctly, since we...
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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

By Keith Sawyer
In this authoritative and fascinating new book, Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University, tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity and erects new principles in their pla...
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Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)

By Michael Michalko
It is roughly true that the nature of our beliefs and perceptions are interpreted from our experiences. The field of grass cannot change its character. Grass cannot interpret and shape its experiences...
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