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“Great wit and insight" — The Economic Times

“Highly recommended.” — Choice magazine

“Innovation knowledge is locked up in relatively dense books or in people's heads. [Anthony] makes innovation more accessible, to help readers realise their full potential.” — Engineering and Technology Magazine

“This book is insightful, with actionable tips to increase an organisation’s innovation capacity. It is easy and essential reading for business leaders and their teams.” — Business Executive

“The core of the book is a very practical 28-day programme on innovation. Anthony cuts through much jargon and sums up the key ideas and imperatives for those who wish to innovate. Written in a light-hearted and sometimes humorous style, it also draws on the authors own innovation journey including some early failures.” — The Irish Times

“This ‘little black book’ is a quick-read how-to book that boils down the principles of innovation to discreet ideas anyone can understand,” — BizEd

The Little Black Book of Innovation is one of the most thought-provoking business books I’ve read recently, one of those “whacks on the side of the head” that one needs from time to time.” — Business Standard

“At just 304 pages and about 6-by-9 inches in size, you can easily take this book places—and it may do the same for you.” — Directorship

"Powerful for a team, this is the kind of book that can help a group of people start producing innovative ideas…" — 800 CEO READ

About the Author

Scott D. Anthony is the managing director of Innosight, a global strategic innovation consulting and investment firm. He is the head of Innosight’s Asian headquarters in Singapore. He has worked with clients ranging from national governments to companies in industries as diverse as healthcare, telecommunications, consumer products, and software. He has authored The Silver Lining and coauthored Seeing What’s Next and The Innovator’s Guide to Growth.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; unknown edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422171728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422171721
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I manage a team of individuals in a very large organization and I have been waiting for a book like this for a very long time. For the serial innovator, this book may be a little light, but for individuals and teams wanting to get with the program or are being cajoled into innovation initiatives, I can't think of another simpler or more practical primer than this. While I found a few spots that I thought were corny in there, this is something that I will not hesitate to recommend for entire teams and organizations as a synthesis on innovation and a starting point in their innovation journey. It is an easy read and it was hard to put down. Even if only one internal/non-commercial idea is identified and implemented within an organization using the practical tools and simple exercises in the second part of the book, one would have thousand-folded their investment. And I am only looking at it from an internal cost center perpective. I see strong potential here for pervasive transformation of individuals, teams, and organizations if used systematically.
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I have read and reviewed all of the other books that Scott Anthony has authored or co-authored and think this is the most valuable...thus far. In ways and to an extent even Clay Christensen hasn't, Anthony has embraced his reader and said, in effect, "I am now going to share with you everything I have learned about what innovation is...and isn't, what it does...and doesn't do, and how you can master the skills of innovative thinking." He immediately establishes a direct and collegial rapport with his reader and then sustains it throughout the lively and eloquent narrative.

Although his book is technically not a memoir, Anthony draws heavily on his own experience, sharing anecdotes from defining moments and memorable relationships throughout his "personal innovation journey" that "began in earnest" during an airline flight more than a decade ago. He was carrying with him and began to read a copy of Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. He was among the students enrolled in an experimental course ("Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise") at Harvard Business School taught by Christensen. Thus began a personal as well as professional relationship with him that continues to this day. Anthony's aforementioned "journey" since that day (October 20, 2000) enabled him to learn "the truth" about innovation (especially from academic researchers who have "decoded" many of its mysteries") that has prepared him well to help each of his readers to embark on a comparable journey. As he explains,

"Much of this learning is out of reach for the layperson. It is locked up in books that are too dense, or even worse, it is locked up in the heads of individuals.
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I don't work for a big company, so when someone recommended I read this book I was a bit skeptical. But I am glad I read it. The book is very accessible, and can be put into action immediately. And I think the point the author makes about innovation being a challenge everyone faces is spot on. I feel much more confident that I am going to "do something different that has impact." Highly recommended!
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A must read for anyone entering the field of marketing one currently working in the field. As an entrepreneur, this book would have been a valuable tool 28 years ago when I started my business. Knowing the difference between being creative and being innovative is essential. Buy it, read it, retread it and utilize it.
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Scott Anthony has done a terrific job of providing an overview of what it takes for a company to innovate. His overview is comprehensive without being overly long.
Anthony defines innovation cleanly and concisely as "Something different that has impact." while also stating that it is a "process that combines discovering an opportunity, blueprinting an idea to seize that opportunity, and implementing that idea to achieve results."
His masters of innovation chapter provide a very helpful recent history of the major contributors to our current understanding of innovation.
Anthony's 28 day innovation program clearly lays out a step by step process for any company looking to develop their own innovation capabilities.
I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to develop their company's innovation capability because of its broad, balanced, and definitive presentation of innovation.
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This Scott Anthony book is not just a book, it's an innovation workshop for your mind. Irrespective of your gender, location, position or status, there are valuable lessons to be learned.The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It
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Innovation is such a stupid buzzword many marketers throw around today. This is just another book made for destroying the proper use of that term. Even the book cover is off-putting. Seriously, a book cover that's a book? Yeah, some interesting stories. But I did not really learn much from it.
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If you are going to get one book on innovation I must insist on this book. I love that fact that Scott Anthony has distilled all the precious gems and words of wisdom in this field into something that is practical and applicable to those of us leading innovation programs. This book has been my field guide while building a corporate innovation program. We use it to tweet out Innovation Tips A Day and of course inspire our innovators.
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