Reading List – Take Me Home

The Book: Following the success of her previous books, Rashmi Bansal, in her 6th book, reinforces her belief in the triumph of the will against all odds. Her inspiration comes from real stories of twenty entrepreneurs from rural or small towns in India. In the book, she explores the stories of thinkers who did not […]

Reading List – The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth

The Book: David Silverstein, Philip Samuel and Neil DeCarlo in the The Innovator’s Toolkit, present a concise set of instructions for the ‘process of innovation’. The toolkit introduces a set of techniques that can engineer innovation, making it more systematic and predictable. Aimed at the sustainable growth of a company, the author’s seek to drive […]

Reading List – The Innovative Leader: How To Inspire Your Team And Drive Creativity

The Book: Paul Sloane, in this declaration of innovation, puts forth his vision for a change in the working environment. A non-believer in hierarchy, he recommends breaking internal barriers by empowering employees. Creative analogies and concrete examples compel the professional to work closely and co-create with the team. To gain a competitive advantage, Sloane, in The […]

Reading List – A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

The Book: Daniel H. Pink,  in his provocative book, A Whole New Mind, reveals the attributes to succeed in this ever changing world. Gone are the days when a set of established skill sets was all it took to get ahead. The changing world requires changing skills sets argues Pink. Creativity, he says, will be the […]

Reading List – Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation

The Book: Steven Johnson, in Where Good Ideas Come From, demonstrates the transformation of an ordinary idea into a good idea. Opening with Darwin, Johnson elucidates the evolution of ideas with unusual research and storytelling. Seven patterns of innovative thinking are thoughtfully structured through the chapters taking the reader through the journey of genius. Johnson dwells […]

Reading List – Leading The Revolution

The Book: Gary Hamel in Leading the Revolution envisions organisations that imbibe a culture of risk-taking. The book draws on experiences of once start-ups, now long-standing companies such as Charles Schwab, Cisco, Virgin, Atlantic, Disney and GE Capital. Hamel explains how organisations can stay on top of the game instead of turning into ‘one-vision wonders’. Principles […]

Reading List – The Art of Innovation: Lessons In Creativity From IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm

The Book: In The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley reveals the strategies and secrets IDEO uses to churn out ingenious products time and again. Using entertaining anecdotes from real experiences, the book touches on teamwork, bugs, focus groups and prototypes. Credited with some of the most practical and imaginative inventions, Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman […]

Reading List – The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms To Fail

The Book: Clayton Christensen (wikipedia) in The Innovator’s Dilemma talks about the age-old predicament faced by managers across industries. Christensen addresses the problem of good business practices vs. best choices in this multi-industry study.  Based on his theory of ‘disruptive innovation’, Christensen, emphasizes on adopting changing technologies. Answering decades of research that has attempted to understand the […]