Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/29/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week’s selections are about innovation.

From Frank Calderoni: Crisis Breeds Innovation: How To Embrace Change Right Now

“This crisis will drive a new and better balance between the push for efficiency and the need for resilience—and agility requires both.”

From Kevin Maney: Why cool technology sometimes flops

“Certain inventions show us that it doesn’t matter how amazing an innovation is if no one needs it.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Third Wave of the Digital Economy – Promises and Challenges

“‘The next wave of digital innovation is coming. Countries can welcome it, prepare for it, and ride it to new heights of innovation and prosperity, or they can ignore the changing tide and miss the wave,’ writes Robert Atkinson in The Task Ahead of Us. Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy.”

From Greg Satell: How IBM, Google And Amazon Innovate Differently

“IBM, Google and Amazon have been able to buck this trend. While most companies are lucky to come up with one major innovation, these three continue to develop breakthroughs and don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, they seem to be accelerating their ability to create impressive new products and services.”

And here’s one of my posts on innovation.

Engines of Innovation

“What did Thomas Edison invent? Most people mention the electric light or the phonograph, but Edison didn’t invent them. That credit goes to the ‘Muckers.'”

Book Suggestions

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating in A Disruptive Age by Greg Satell is the best book I’ve ever read on innovation.

Other books on innovation worth reading are:

The Power of Little Ideas by David Robertson with Kent Lineback

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, et al

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by by Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman, et al.

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