Innovation & Creativity


A big push for digital books? Not quite yet...

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 18, 2007, at 1:53 PM in News & Opinion

There was an article in last week's issue of BusinessWeek called "Amazon Does Downloads, Sort of: Why its push into digital delivery of books, movies, and music seems halfhearted. " Here at 800-CEO-READ, there is an ongoing discussion about, you guessed it, whether digital will eventually take over the book industry and books as we know them will go away. We all agree that the physical book will never go away - it's too bound up in our culture, and it's still the most portable way of carrying ideas around with us, not to mention the fact that experts overwhelmingly agree that reading printed matter is easier on the eye than reading a screen.


Who wants to run a lemonade stand with me?

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 20, 2007, at 4:24 PM in News & Opinion

Tis the time for lemonade stands -- a business venture I remember all too well. Dixie cups. Kid-sized plastic table.


The Internal Attack of the Ego

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 10, 2007, at 3:19 PM in News & Opinion

Yes, fighting can be a great creative tool when ego doesn't get in the way. On that note, Josh explains that ego often gets in the way of collaboration. To this, Audrey responds that for any successful collaboration, we must let go of our false sense of control.


(1 of 7) Glad to Be Here... and Thanks to Jack and Todd

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 12, 2007, at 2:30 PM in News & Opinion

Welcome to a day of blogging with James Andrew, co-author of Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation! Glad to Be Here… and Thanks to Jack and Todd First off, I want to thank Jack and Todd for inviting me to the blog-fest here at 800-CEO-Read. I spend my days taking a hard look at innovation – my Boston Consulting Group colleague Hal Sirkin and I wrote Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation to blow up innovation myths and help leaders innovate in ways that really drive their business.


What Podcasts People Are Listening To

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 8, 2007, at 1:58 PM in News & Opinion

Here is a little peak into what people are listening to on our Podcasts blog. This is a ranked list for the first four months of 2007.


Wii-ly Cool

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 25, 2007, at 1:55 PM in News & Opinion

In a current Business 2. 0 article, "How the Wii is Creaming the Competition," John Gaudiosi discusses how Nintendo remade itself with its latest gaming system: the Wii. If you haven't heard of it, Wii is a relatively inexpensive, motion-controlled system that blends physical activity with the video game environment.

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Read an excerpt from The New Language of Business

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 23, 2007, at 1:45 PM in Staff Picks

The new excerpt on our Excerpts blog is from Chapter 11 of The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2. 0 by Sandy Carter. Carter shows how, by levering SOA (service-oriented architecture), Web 2.


What Is Missing From Shelves

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 9, 2007, at 7:20 PM in News & Opinion

I want to add one more point to Rebecca's post on the Carol Hymowitz column. Hymowitz ends her piece with: What's missing from bookstores, it seems, are more titles that show how executives have reshaped businesses so they don't become obsolete in the digital landscape, and one that explain the new rules of the corner office, where CEOs must cater to an array of constituents. To the first question of fighting technological irrelevance, Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma plays directly to that point.

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No "Jack Welch" on the horizon

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 9, 2007, at 6:30 PM in Staff Picks

It's interesting how many inquiries we receive regarding "CEO" books. Not from customers, but from the media. There seems to be a fascination with the stories of heroic or villainous business gurus.


Shout out from Seth

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2007, at 8:21 PM in News & Opinion

ChangeThis got a nice mention on Seth Godin's blog today. He has a really great entry up about how you can benefit from publishing an e-book. Here's a direct link to the post: http://sethgodin.

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Hot Spots spark innovation

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2007, at 1:58 PM in Staff Picks

A few days ago we posted an excerpt from the book Ignited. Here's an excerpt from a February Financial Times article that reviewed Lynda Gratton's new book, Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, And Organizations Buzz With Energy - And Others Don't, another "hot" title this spring: But, if you are lucky, you may also spot the occasional flash of orange or red. These are "hot spots" - "a moment when people are working together in exceptionally creative and collaborative ways .


Leading For Growth: A Review, Part II

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2007, at 1:44 PM in News & Opinion

I'm going to build off Todd's review of Leading for Growth. I heard about it months ago from its publisher and started reading it on my train ride down to Chicago the other day. Co-author Ray Davis has helped take Umpqua Bank (based in Oregon) into the limelight; I'm sure you've heard of the bank from a number of Fast Company mentions.