Innovation & Creativity


Book Quote of the Year

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 9, 2006, at 1:52 PM in News & Opinion

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt says in Harvard Business Review this month: "The business book that can help you has not been written yet. " He is referring to the message he sent to his managers at GE's annual Boca Raton meeting. Immelt's singular goal is growing the $150 billion company at 8% a year.


Sony's CEO

By Jack, published June 6, 2006, at 3:47 PM in News & Opinion

Reading today's WSJ I found a great interview. It is such a casual, fun, relaxed interview. To quote from the introduction: After completing his first year as the first non-Japanese chief executive officer of Sony Corp.


Innovation in BusinessWeek SmallBiz

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 18, 2006, at 2:38 PM in News & Opinion

I don't know if your parents are like this, but my mom always sends a bag of stuff home with me whenever I visit. Most of the time, it is magazines she has finished reading (when I was in college, she would fill out all of those offers where you send in three proofs of purchase to get some free t-shirt and put my dorm address as the send-to). In this week's bag was the Spring 2006 edition of BusinessWeek SmallBiz.


"Art of Innovation"

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 1, 2006, at 7:13 PM in News & Opinion

Yesterday, Guy Kawasaki, posted a video and slides of a speech he did at the UCLA based on his book The Art of the Start. I didn't get a chance to see the video as there's not a soundcard in my computer here but the slides are interesting in and of themselves. One of my favorites was slide #28 -- point #11 that reads, "Don't let the bozos grind you down.


Kevin Maney's Thursday CEO Book Group

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 1, 2006, at 6:40 PM in News & Opinion

Kevin Maney writes about technology for USA Today and keeping a blog on their website. One of his regular blog features is to ask a technology company CEO to recommend two books: one old, one new. Here are some of the recent CEOs on their books: Garry Betty, CEO of Earthlink - The Regis Touch by Regis McKenna and The Paradox of Excellence: How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business, by David Mosby and MIchael Weissman.


Harvard Business Review's 2006 Reading List

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2006, at 2:28 PM in News & Opinion

In the February issue, Harvard Business Review has their 2006 Reading List. The Elephant In The Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life by Eviatar Zerubavel (Oxford University Press, March) Working With Your Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself From Emotional Traps In Work by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster (Warner Business Books, March) Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels, Falcks, and the Continental European Model by Harold James (Harvard University Press, March) Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, March) The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy by AnnaLee Saxenian (Harvard University Press, April) Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature by Joseph Badaracco (Harvard Business School Press, April) Guanxi (The Art of Relationships): Microsoft , China, and Bill Gates' Plan to Win the Road Ahead by Robert Buderi and Gregory Huang (Simon and Schuster, May) Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Difference into Opportunities by Mark Gerzon (Harvard Business School Press, May) The Managerial Moment of Truth: The Essential Step in Helping People Improve Performance by Bruce Bodaken and Robert Fritz (Free Press, May) Treasure Hunt by Michael Silverstein and John Butman (Portfolio, May) Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn by Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker (Berrett-Koehler, May) The G-Quotient: How Gay Men Are Changing the Face of Leadership by Kirk Snyder (Jossey-Bass, June) Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets by John Weiser et al. (Berrett-Koehler, June) Shopportunity!


10 Rules Video

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 23, 2006, at 6:47 PM in News & Opinion

We had Chris and VG (10 Rules for Strategic Innovators) over for a podcast in December. You can now see VG in full color over at Business Week Online. The interview is about eight and a half minutes long.


Grab a box. Label it. Start a new project.

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2005, at 4:50 PM in News & Opinion

I really, really enjoy this book. It's an easy read and has a clean design. It's been around for a few years -- the hardcover was published back in 2003.


"From Idea to Execution"

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 28, 2005, at 8:47 PM in News & Opinion

As Todd mentioned earlier, a cover does not always represent the inside contents. Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators is one such book. The book helps you take an idea and act upon it.


Getting Noticed

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 5, 2005, at 8:08 PM in News & Opinion

I get packages at my house almost every day with new books coming out from publishers. We get even more mail at the office. The typical package has a book with a letter.


Crowing about The Big Moo

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 7, 2005, at 4:40 PM in News & Opinion

The Big Moo has made the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers List the last two weeks (#8 last week and #15 this week). I wanted to congratulate Seth and all the writers. It is no small feat to make the list two weeks in a row.


Ten Faces of Innovation Recap

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 7, 2005, at 3:16 PM in News & Opinion

Jack first called out the Tom Kelly's Ten Faces of Innovation from the BusinessWeek review last month. There has been some other great coverage that I wanted to make sure you have seen. Fast Company ran an excerpt from the book.