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  • Image of Competing Against Luck
    Image of Competing Against Luck

    The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

    by Karen Dillon, David S. Duncan, Taddy Hall, Clayton M. Christensen

    Innovation strategy and growth expert Clayton M. Christensen, and his co-authors Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon and David Duncan, present a new conceptual framework for products and innovation based on their conclusion that customers don't "buy" products or services; they “hire” them to do a job.

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  • Image of Disrupt You!
    Image of Disrupt You!

    Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

    by Jay Samit

    Technology innovator Jay Samit describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses. He demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike while offering empowering advice for anyone with a big idea.

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  • Image of The Four Lenses of Innovation
    Image of The Four Lenses of Innovation

    A Power Tool for Creative Thinking

    by Rowan Gibson

    Rowan Gibson presents an innovation methodology for systematically stretching your thinking, discovering inspiring new insights and producing a portfolio of high-quality ideas and radically new growth opportunities. You will learn how to reverse-engineer creative genius and make radical business innovation an everyday reality using four key business perspectives.

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  • Image of F.I.R.E.
    Image of F.I.R.E.

    How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation

    by Dan Ward

    Dan Ward introduces the FIRE method in which strategies are built for speed and designs are streamlined, all at less cost. You’ll learn that the project leaders who embrace speed, thrift, simplicity and restraint tend to deliver affordable equipment that is available when it’s needed and effective when it’s used.

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  • Image of Little Bets
    Image of Little Bets

    How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

    by Peter Sims

    Bestselling author Peter Sims explores the value of taking small, experimental steps in developing breakthrough innovation. These little bets help determine direction while providing critical information from lots of little failures and from small significant wins. Sims shares examples of successful breakthrough innovators at work and the dramatic results of their efforts.

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    Image of Overfished Ocean Strategy

    Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World

    by Nadya Zhexembayeva

    Overfished Ocean Strategy offers five principles to help businesses to find new opportunities in what were once considered useless by-products, discover resource-conserving efficiencies up and down their value chain, transfer their expertise from physical products to services, and develop ways to rapidly try out and refine these new business models.

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  • Image of Best Practices Are Stupid
    Image of Best Practices Are Stupid

    40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition

    by Stephen Shapiro

    In Best Practices Are Stupid, Stephen M. Shapiro offers 40 counterintuitive yet proven strategies for boosting innovation and making it a repeatable, sustainable and profitable process at the heart of a company's culture. Shapiro shows that nonstop innovation is attainable and vital to building a high-performing team, improving the bottom line, and staying ahead of the competition.

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  • Image of Creative Intelligence
    Image of Creative Intelligence

    Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect and Inspire

    by Bruce Nussbaum

    Creative Intelligence illustrates how to connect our creative output with a new type of economic system, Indie Capitalism.

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  • Image of Speed Review: Get Lucky
    Image of Speed Review: Get Lucky

    How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business

    by Thor Muller, Lane Becker

    Jossey-Bass, 288 pages

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