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The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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. The Little Black Book of Innovation aims to address this issue by providing the tools and giving you [his reader] the confidence to more reliably turn your dreams into reality."

After establishing his book's "foundation" in Part I, he introduces a 28-day innovation program in Part II. Here are the primary goals for each of the four weeks:

Week 1: Discovering the Opportunities ("Wrap Up" on Page 126)
Week 2: Blueprinting Ideas ("Wrap Up" on 165)
Week 3: Addressing and Testing Ideas ("Wrap Up" on 206)
Week 4: Moving Forward ("Wrap Up" on 245)

Anthony introduces each of the four ("This week will help you to accomplish the following [objectives]") and devotes a separate chapter to each of the 28 days, posing a "Central Question" followed by a "One-Sentence Answer" as well as a set of "How-To Tips." Within this framework, he provides an abundance of information, insights, and recommendations based on real-world situations that illustrate what innovation is...and isn't, what it does...and doesn't do, and how almost anyone can master the skills of innovative thinking.

This four-week/28-day program will be of substantial benefit both to individuals and to teams. If a senior-level executive reads this book and decides to create and lead a project team whose objective is to develop a game plan to increase and support innovation throughout the given enterprise, I presume to suggest that Anthony's previously published book, The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times, also be read. In it, he also offers a wealth of advice. For example:

o Identifying the "different approach to take when prudently "pruning" by obtaining the answers to five questions (Pages 30-31)
o What the four business unit portfolio "traps" are and how to avoid or escape from them (Pages 34-35)
o Four specific analyses that can help to determine the degree to which an existing business has unexploited or under-developed potential (Pages 38-39)
o Three important lessons for cost cutting to be learned from the basic pattern of disruptive innovation (Page 52)
o The three-step process to drive "intelligent cost cutting" (Pages 52-63)
o The three-step process that innovators have used to drive disruption to create "spectacular success" (Pages 75-82)
o Four common strategic traps that may appear (Pages 96-98)

Mind you, all this is provided during the first hundred pages.

With all due respect to the other books that have been written about these and other issues, if you will read only one, I think it must be The Little Black of Innovation. If you read only two, The Silver Lining is my recommendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
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I purchased this on audio first as I listen to books on my daily commute and usually that's enough. In this case I also bought the kindle version because I was enjoying it so much and there are so many ideas, facts, point of views, stories and perceptions that I wanted to take notes. The first half of the book introduces you to some of the leader novelists on the topic of innovation, what they wrote and the highlight points of their books. I loved this idea because you get the high overview of innovation as a whole and a glimpse at what books you want to invest in for deeper dive. The second half of the book is him discussing what he learned from being an innovation specialist for the nearly past two decades. He himself has great ideas and point of views as well as more than a few success and fail stories of his own. He's able to tell you an idea then make it concrete with a real world example.

If you get the audio version; I loved the reader. He was fun to listen to and clearly understandable. Keep in mind you'll probably want to take notes though because each chapter is packed with ideas so if you listen in the car use a voice recorder or buy the book/kindle version as a companion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
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Scott Anthony democratizes secrets to innovation, summarizing the principles and thought processes required for a successful innovation regardless of the industry that you are in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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So I'm getting ready for an innovation workshop and my clients tell me that they want to have a special session on where they can find the resources for innovation, how to provide the right incentives, how to navigate the relationship with the parent company, etc. etc.

I thought to myself "oh brother" as I contemplated pulling together piles of distilled wisdom on these topics and synthesizing them. "But wait?" I thought to myself, "perhaps someone has done this already...perhaps in fact someone has gone to the trouble of making it easy to understand, locating it in one place, and putting it in actionable terms that a manager could relate to." And Voila I turned to the "Little Black Book' and right there on pages 207-245 were answers that might have been lifted word-for-word from replies to my clients' questions. Thank you!

I'm planning to use it in my workshop next month, and posted about it on my blog just now ([...])

It really is a great little book, and should be on every innovation manager's reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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Like the difference between invention and innovation, this book is very actionable and gives you heaps to take to market. Lots of solid principles, small step exercises, etc. Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
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An interesting book that shared the different views of innovation guru and more importantly, provides "toolkits" for readers to start their own innovation journey.
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