Your 2012 innovation reading list

Christmas Holidays are coming to an end. It’s time to bring that thinking cap back on again.
So when @hjelle1975 tweeted me for a few suggestions for innovation books for 2012 I couldn’t help whip up this brief list. Here’s a mix of new titles coming out early 2012 as well as a few classic innovation titles. They are all recommended reading.

1) The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It
by Scott D. Anthony

Scott D. Anthony is Managing Director of Innosight. While his book technically isn’t out yet (not released on Kindle yet), his blog on HBR is always worth following. Here he blends world wide innovation practices, ground-breaking cases and solid theory. I have great expecations of The Little Black Book of Innovation. Check out the book site here.

2) What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation
By: Gary Hamel
Another book yet to be released, this is Professor Gary Hamel’s most recent call to arms for innovators, revolutionaries, dreamers and doers worldwide. Building on Hamel’s work at the Management Innovation Exchange, this book aims to make innovation and strategic dreaming a part of corporate DNA worldwide – at least, that’s the parts I’ve read so far. The book is scheduled for release on Jan 24th.

3) The Innovator’s DNA
By: Dyer, Gregersen and Christensen
A very interesting book, this one sitting on my desk as I write, is the Innovator’s DNA. The result of a eight year study into what innovative leaders really do. Much like Covey’s work on habits, this one identfies five habits of more innovative leaders. I am increasingly coming back to this book in preparing some upcoming classes on innovation and leadership at BI Norwegian Business School and beyond.

4) The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm
By: Kelly and Litterman
A classic. This is one of those true, lasting, high-quality books you can enjoy over and over again. First published in 2001, this book reveals the process and thinking behind IDEO’s innovation management process. Equally worth reading today.

5) Steve Jobs
By: Isaacson
Marketing Professor Tor Wallin Andresen called this the best book on innovation ever. He is absolutely right. Few, if any , books have managed to describe so succesfully the inside of one of the world’s most innovative companies; Apple. Isaacson reports in detail on the hardships, the emotions and the drive it took to build the success we today see at Apple. A must read for busienss students and executives of all ages.

6) Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
By: Linkner
We talk about strategic dreaming. Most managers see tight corporate structures and strict policies. But how do you combine the two? How do you create a strict process for dreaming? How do you get creativity in a system? Josh Linkner shows how, using his five-step Disciplined Dreaming to build, nurture, and manage creativity.

7) Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying)
By: Owens
Actually, I have not read this one yet. In fact, I purchased it some 30 seconds ago. Thanks to my Kindle App (iPad) and new Kindle Fire (love it), I’ll be reading it this afternoon. According to Amazon “Creative People Must Be Stopped shows how individuals and organizations sabotage their own best intentions to encourage “outside the box” thinking”. I’m thinking this will complement The Innovator’s Dillemma nicely.I have a similar book in Norwegian “Shoot the idea destructors“. Unfortunately, it is out of print and can’t be recommended for my students. I’m hoping this one will fill that gap.

8) Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution
By: Govindarajan and Trimble
Another classic who deserves renewed attention. VG and Trimble have written a compelling book for strategic innovation. They have since expanded greatly on this 2005 publication. But this book is a great entry point into the field of strategic innovation.

9) Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates
By: Skarzynski and Gibson
I love this book. Written by two consultants, Innovation to the core lays out a specific roadmap for making innovation really happen. Building on consulting projects (Whirlpool) and specific tools and processes, the authors provide a fieldbook for budding innovators.

10) ?
What would you put on the next slot?
I would love to hear any suggestions for more recommended innovation titles.

Happy reading in 2012.

Your 2012 innovation reading list

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