Book recommendations for business leaders: 12/1/16

Dec 1, 2016 | Reading Lists

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to reviews of books on leadership and disruption, innovation at Google, and globalization.

Lead and Disrupt: A book review by Bob Morris

“‘Why do successful firms find it so difficult to adapt in the face of change – to innovate?’ Charles O’Reilly and Michael Tushman respond to the question they pose in Lead and Disrupt: ‘The book was written to help organizations tackle the challenge of innovating in a way that is consistent and repeatable, using Jobs to Be Done as the cornerstone of a rigorous framework. Our view is that to create innovation, it’s necessary to focus as much on the approach taken as on the ideas themselves. In fact we argue that getting the ‘how’ of innovation right will in large part determine the quality of the ‘what’ — the solutions that organizations ultimately produce. Through a detailed but straightforward approach, which we call the Jobs Roadmap, companies can navigate the various requirements of innovation and consistently come up with winning solutions.’”

From the Garage Group: 6 Innovation Tips from The Google Ventures Team

“When we heard that Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz (the guys from Google Ventures) wrote a book on innovation, we knew we had to get our hands on it immediately. And, it didn’t disappoint.”

From the Economist: The third wave of globalisation may be the hardest

“First free movement of goods, then ideas. But momentum may stop at the free exchange of people”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.