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The Innovator's Advantage: Revealing the Hidden Connection Between People and Process Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"The Innovator's Advantage takes an ambitious path to link innovation with the talents and passions of employees. I highly recommend this book to any leader looking to maximize the right skill sets for the different phases of the innovation process." --Hal Whiting, PhD, Program Manager, Executive Coaching and Assessment, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
"The Innovator's Advantage guides you through the three 'Ps'--Purpose, Pathway, and People--using a detailed, step-by-step description of the framework and methodology for innovation that incorporates a key element frequently missing in planning: an understanding of people. If your bottom line is still driven by original products or services, this book just might save your business." --Dr. Ronald J. Bonnstetter, Senior VP of Research and Development, Target Training International Success Insights
"Few inventions reach the market, and this book clearly lays out how to navigate this gap. The authors bring out the importance of generating many ideas to solve the problem and explain how to do it. Most innovators are not business people, and this book gives them the resources to successfully innovate." --Prof. Lucy W. Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production, and Extension), University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
About the Author
Evans Baiya is a scientist, consultant, author, and speaker. He has tackled innovation from all angles as a research chemist, process development engineer, executive in multiple startups, global leader of research and development efforts in multiple countries, intellectual property portfolio manager at a global corporation, and policy advisor on research and commercialization. He works with a number of startups, large companies, academic institutions, and governments on strategy and planning, new product development, process improvements, R&D/innovation programs, technology transfer, and commercialization.
Ron Price is an internationally recognized business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author. Known for his creative and systematic thinking, business versatility, and practical optimism, Ron has served in almost every level of executive management over the past 45 years. As the former president of a multimillion-dollar multinational company, Ron understands the challenges and risks of running a business and building a dynamic team. He works shoulder-to-shoulder with executive leadership teams to bring strategic clarity and transformational results to organizations especially those dealing with turmoil and transition.
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The Innovator’s Advantage reveals a key aspect of the innovation process that has been overlooked, and as a result, has created low success rates in innovative attempts. This key aspect is an untapped resource often hiding in close proximity of our own space: people. The book reminds us of today’s diversely generational workforce and asks you to ask yourself what motivates people? What do Baby Boomers offer? Or Gen Xers? And what ways of thinking do Millennials bring to your innovation? Don’t be partial because talent is everywhere. Baiya and Price help you discover what motivates potential people for your team, giving them a place for maximum output, efficiency, and greater success rate in their part of the innovation process. When there is a best fit in place at each stage of innovation, the greater the advantage for quality deliverables at each stage—including the final product, idea, service, or concept.
If you’re a big picture thinker, you’ll appreciate the at-a-glance tables, showing the main concepts and deliverables at each stage of innovation, and the next-step action plan at the end of each chapter. If you’re a detailed thinker, you’ll be energized by tangible, measurable tools for each stage, the option to dig deeper, and links to the book’s online portal for graphics and assessments. For people who look for credibility in not only the authors but their sources, The Innovator’s Advantage is a source for researched-based references that support (1) personal strengths, talents, and skills assessments, (2) research in talents versus skills, and (3) innovation.
The blueprints provide clarity for matching people and processes to increase success. The concepts are not always clearly stated and the terminology can be hard to present. But this book is worth reading twice and provides a great starting point of reference to get your people involved. The book’s website also provides a plethora of further resources.
The unique wisdom presented in this book is a dynamic mix of psychology, science, creativity, and 20 years of experience, which I found to be a breath of fresh air among traditional business advice.
Experts Baiya and Price thoroughly describe concepts of company-wide creative collaboration and innovation, from improving teamwork, to understanding the value of passion and creativity, to leading innovative shifts in the business world. With user-friendly charts and supportive action steps at the end of each lesson, I felt prepared for success in the modern workplace.
Whether you’re an established professional or a budding entrepreneur, The Innovator’s Advantage is the ultimate guidebook to creating a more collaborative and creative workplace, which is critical in today’s business world.