- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Kogan Page (October 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749469668
- ISBN-13: 978-0749469665
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,382,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World Paperback – October 28, 2013
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“We can generalize all we like about innovation, but in the end it boils down to people. Some famous, some not. Some whose efforts shift the world, some whose seismic impacts are on the micro scale. What unites them is the gift to see round corners and press on when more rational (ahem) persons hold back. Here are sharply-focused interviews with these doers and some keen observers. I've read them to my profit, and so will you.”
(Nigel Cameron, Strategic Adviser President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC)
General interest, managers, executives and leaders
"!NNOVATION contains hundreds of fascinating thoughts about how true innovation occurs in the real world. Too many books on the subject matter are full of fluff and hyperbole, while never saying anything worth while. However, Kim delivers on her promises and provides useful insight through the lens of others."
(Seth Kravitz, Chicagoan Cofounder of Technori, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Strange Pelican Brewery)
“The personal insights shared by the innovators who were interviewed explore the core concepts underlying innovation and the skills that will define success in the increasingly competitive global digital economy. With its enhanced eBook/online format, !nnovation is a great read and an intriguing interactive experience!”
(Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO of Womenovation)
"[A] useful and helpful book for those who are looking to achieve success in their lives, goals, and careers. ...This collection of essays and interviews with successful innovators helps in developing a new perspective when it comes to being successful. The interviews are motivating and inspiring. The book is insightful and has a lot of useful advice to readers which will help them in their job front and achieving career goals. ...The book has captured the very essence of innovation, and that is to improve everything that you do to make it better and more interesting. The author's expertise helps in making the book a good read. Change is constant in current society and the book is a helpful guide for those who want to change their thinking and outlook." (Mamta Madhavan Readers' Favorite)
"Succeeds in being visionary and pragmatic at the same time. Filled with valuable insights and grounded advice. Gives you an urge to improve everything around you - which is the essence of innovation."
(Saku Tuominen Founder of Idealist Group and Dreamdo)
How to emulate the global pioneers whose ideas and products have transformed their fields
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It is a compilation of interviews with innovators; Short, and mediocre interviews from little known people. Unbalanced, and pitiful research and terrible interview questions.
Talks about Flat world navigators with a little to no emphasis of Flat world economies, and success stories of BRICS; Filled with childish keywords, word clouds, hard to remember jargons. Sorry!! But highly disappointing.
The focus on empathy and inspiration is great to see. All to often large bureaucracies reduce innovation to a tick the box exercise - and then wonder why they fail. Inspiration and empathy are core.
The other chord Kim's book strikes concerns risk aversion and disruption. Bureaucracies are risk averse, innovators are not. They might even be trouble makers :)
The rich tapestry Kim has woven makes for an inspirational and thoughtful read for anyone contemplating innovation or, indeed, for those who do not yet know they are Flat World Navigators.
Lastly, innovation requires us all to take a leap of faith. !nnovation provides a great platform to do just that. And soar like and eagle.
Steve Davies, Founder of ozloop.org.
The role of innovation within the context of the Global Digital Economy and what we must do as Flat World Navigators is thoroughly discussed.
Concepts and perceptive that are clearly a must read for all entrepreneurs and business owners who wish to not just survive but also survive in this increasingly complex and changing environment.
Kim Chandler McDonald, on the other hand, has furnished every entrepreneur and business person with a mosaic of traits, characteristics, backgrounds, failures, successes, and experiences that provide the crucible for innovation in our world today. Kim has covered an incredible breath of industries, expertise, and subsequently, the thoughtful generations of knowledge mavens who are now triggering more innovation and creativity where they think and play.
I pray that Kim has the budget to follow up this stimulating expose of intriguing case studies in a decade to ascertain where these folks have gone. For example, Kim interviewed Jack Andraka, winner of the 2012 International Science Fair. Will Mr. Andraka be teaching or will he be leading an innovative healthcare industry lab?
Being an educator and knowledge activist, I was particularly taken by Kim's interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education. I appreciated one of Kim's interview questions with Adam Glick: "So should education be a business?" As many of us who are attempting to innovate in higher ed survey the broken educational landscape, few institutions can be identified as embracing the transformative changes that need to take place. If making high education a "business" can speed up the transformation and provide a more tangible business value proposition to students, then I would throw my lot into that emerging industry.
Finally, the framework provided by Bill O'Connor gave me a "nice warm feeling," because I design frameworks, breathe frameworks, think frameworks, and facilitate the pragmatic application of frameworks with my MBA learners. The Seven Essential Innovation Questions applies the mnemonic ILUMIAM (Imagine, Look, Use, Move, Interconnect, Alter, and Make) to a method for framing innovation initiatives in anyone's particular circumstance.
Bring a smile to your face! Read these inspiring personal stories and extraordinary narratives. The world may appear a bit dreary right now, with the American Government no longer operating and the previous "Great Recession from Hell" we all experienced beginning in 2008. Nonetheless, let the "Sun Shine In!"