Innovation & Product Development

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on innovation issues including collaboration, change management, product development, creativity, disruptive innovation and more. Learn how to ignite the creative juices in your company to beat the competition.

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    Image of Data-ism

    The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else

    by Steve Lohr

    New York Times reporter Steve Lohr explains how big-data technology has its benefits and its drawbacks, which raises questions about the wider implications for everyone. Lohr lends insight into what’s ahead, suggesting that individuals and organizations will need to exploit, protect and manage data to stay competitive.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

    by Todd Henry

    It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process. You'll discover how to: focus in on your most critical work and reclaim your attention; develop stimulating relationships that will lead to creative insights; effectively manage your energy so that you are always ready to...

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    The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty

    by Max McKeown

    Max McKeown's new book harnesses the essence of human survival — the ability to adapt — to help people succeed in business and all other aspects of life. He draws on millions of years of evolution to create a practical and strategic set of rules that take adaption from an involuntary coping strategy to a deliberate winning strategy. Adaptability proves that innovation is important but not enough. The ability to adapt smarter and faster than the situation changes is what...

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    A New Strategy for Innovation

    by Ron Adner

    How can great companies do everything right — identify real customer needs, deliver excellent innovations, beat their competitors to market — and still fail? The sad truth is that many companies fail because they focus too intensely on their own innovations, and then neglect the innovation ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. The Wide Lens offers a powerful new...

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    Firms That Change the World

    by Claudio Feser

    The typical life expectancy of a company is estimated to be about 15 years. What does it take to exist beyond that average? A company must be able to keep up with changing markets. It has to learn what elements are slowing down its ability to adapt. A company must be able to continuously reinvent itself to stay relevant. Serial Innovators is a guide for how to build a company that is adaptive, innovative and can survive well into the future.

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