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Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success Paperback – Bargain Price, October 28, 2008
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[A] must-have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into profitable reality.
Dr. Vijay Govindarajam, Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators
About the Author
Sarah Miller Caldicott holds an MBA from Dartmouths Amos Tuck School of Business and is a twenty-year marketing veteran. She is the great-grandniece of Thomas Edison.
Top Customer Reviews
What you will find is an extraordinarily researched book that provides a rich narrative of the life and times of Thomas Edison. At the same time Innovate LIke Edison crafts a framework that describes how Edison managed his business ventures to achieve his remarkable record of innovation. The payoff is that you will be able to learn how to apply Edison's thinking to today's life and work.
The book is filled with some very interesting anecdotes that show both the complexity and elegance of Edison's work. For example, within the first half-dozen pages you'll learn, that the light bulb is not a single invention, but rather a combination of five separate inventions: an improved vacuum process; a thin, high-resistances filament, platinum lead-in wires; a method for holding the filament in place; and connecting these elements in a glass-blown bulb.
At the heart of Innovate Like Edison is an approach to categorize the innovation process into five broad competencies: solution-centered mindset, kaleidoscopic thinking, full-spectrum engagement, master-mind collaboration, and super-value creation. Each competency is characterized by five individual elements, making it easy for the reader to understand and grasp the building blocks of innovation. Much as electric light is based on multiple individual inventions, Edison's innovation is the culmination of multiple best practices.Read more ›
authors . . . his bestseller, HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO
DA VINCI, impressed me so much that I now use it the Creativity
course that I teach . . . several other books followed, and
while they were all good, I do believe that he has topped himself
with his latest effort: INNOVATE LIKE EDISON, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott--Edison's great-grandniece.
Subtitled THE SUCCESS SYSTEM OF AMERICA'S GREATEST
INVENTOR, it is a winner from the very first page . . . there's
a short but fascinating biography of Edison, followed by
an easy-to-apply system of five success secrets--known as
the Five Competencies of Innovation.
These are as follows:
1. Solution-Centered Mindset: how to keep unwavering focus
on finding solutions;
2. Kaleidoscopic Thinking: how to juggle multiple projects, generate
many ideas and the make creative connections or discern patterns;
3. Full-Spectrum Engagement: how to manage and balance a
massive workload with social life, family and other obligations;
4. Master Mind Collaboration: how to multiply individual brain power
by bringing the right people together; and
5. Super-Value Creation: how to target all creations to an existing
market and provide value to potential customers.
Gelb and Caldicott describe these secrets, then show how they
can be utilized in many different situations . . . I liked how
they gave real examples, using both large and small companies . . . in
addition, they effectively "updated" Edison's work by viewing it
through the eyes of such contemporary thinkers as Edward
de Bono, Martin Seligman, Daniel Goleman and others.Read more ›
The first chapter introduces the authors' five innovation competencies and the concept of "innovation literacy" that can be learned and measured. The second chapter is a well-written short biography of Thomas Edison, including a chronology of major life events, outline of family relationships, and exploration of special topics such as "Edison and Women" and "Edison's Follies and Foibles." A side-bar candidly covers Edison's stormy relationship with fellow inventor Nikola Tesla.
The next five chapters address the book's central question--what are the core competencies of innovation? Innovators who possess Competency #1, a Solution-Centered Mindset, align their goals with their passions, cultivate charismatic optimism, seek knowledge relentlessly, experiment persistently, and pursue rigorous objectivity. These qualities are illustrated with anecdotes from Edison's career and supported by developmental exercises.
The remaining four competencies are similarly treated. Competency #2, Kaleidoscopic Thinking, consists of maintaining a notebook, experiencing "ideaphoria"--the "delightful well-being that accompanies the effortless flow of insights and ideas"--discerning patterns, expressing ideas visually, and exploring roads not taken.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael Gelb does a great job of weaving the story of Edison's life with the lessons that Edision taught us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bama79
A well written book with lots of good insight into business and innovation.Published 21 months ago by B. W. Gebers
Terrific price. He got a great grade in the course, so I guess the book did the job it was purchased for.Published on December 17, 2013 by A. Brattoli
This book is for those who love to innovate, invent, and imagine whatever it is you desire. If this book does not make you better at what you do, I don't know what can. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Mike
The fundamental premise of this book is that Innovation is a Science not an art form. It can be practiced and honed to a superior skill by anyone or any collaborative group. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Susan M. Harris