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9 Best Books To Read On Corporate Innovation

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Innovation, much like any other skill, takes work, strategy and structure to master. If you want to take your corporate innovation to the next level or create a corporate environment that fosters innovation and ingenuity then these 9 books are a good starting point.

#1 Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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The insights on how to build a company that are included in this book are mind-blowing. Thiel shows us that everything starts with a simple of choice of the way of progress that your company chooses to follow. He tells us what is the best choice when it comes to the structure of the company and how to make the most out of it.

If you want to reasonably innovate (what I mean by that is to innovate in order to make progress, not just to create) this book will occur as a guideline for you. For a business owner or a person that leads a company in any way, this book should be a go-to. Thanks to it you can change your mindset and make your company progress/innovation-oriented.

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Contributors: Jakub Kliszczak from CrazyCall

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#2 Principles by Ray Dalio

[This book] is full of lessons about how to question your assumptions, how to learn from your team, and how to manage a return stream from investments. (Ray isa famous investor.) Lofty innovation tactics are doomed to fail withoutthese three basics in place.

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Contributors: Eisaiah Engel from Founder Friendly Standard LLC

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#3 Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World

In an age when the US government has backed away from any interest in solving crises like hunger, poverty, war, and catastrophic climate change (indeed, seems to be doing the maximum possible to worsen these crises), a book that looks at the business world to solve these problems.

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Contributors: Shel Horowitz from Green And Profitable

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#4 Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock

One of the biggest challenges companies undergoing innovation and transformations face, beyond the actual process of change management, relates to the hiring and retention of employees. One of the companies that has pioneered human capital management is Google and Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, provides fascinating insights from the former SVP of People Operations at Google that show how the company succeeded in building perhaps the world’s greatest collection of talent.

From identifying a philosophy, important hiring practices, and engagement of talented individuals through goal alignment, Bock provides great detail relating to how companies can re-think an often-overlooked function (HR) that’s critical to a company’s success. The book is a must-read for leaders that seek to create lasting change by building high-performing teams.

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Contributors: Carlos Castelán from The Navio Group

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#5 Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

This book looks at some of the most popular legends/myths and why they've stuck around through generations. Then, the authors attribute these principles to business ideas. How can businesses make their brand, their products, and their services sticky so that they're bound to be remembered?

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Contributors: Keri Lindenmuth from KDG

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#6 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

[This book] gives insight into some of the most successful transformations companies have made through a habitual learning process. Charles Duhigg does a great job of explaining the tendencies we exhibit when building habits, and how strong these tendencies stick with us. The approach to detailing these successes is similar to how typical case studies are carried out and is a great read all around.

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Contributors: Alan Santillan from G2 Crowd

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#7 On the Brink by Andi Simon

The book is about 7 case studies of clients who were “on the brink.” By stepping out and seeing their company and their markets with fresh eyes they were able to turn around their businesses and re-ignite their growth.

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Contributors: Andrea (Andi) Simon from Simon Associates Management

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#8 Leading Transformation by Nathan Furr

Leaders know that their job is to lead transformation. They also know they are bound to fail because of the intractable human problems—fear, habits and routines, politics, the inability to see what doesn't yet exist—associated with change. This book reveals a radical new method to transcend those issues.

Written by the executive who designed and implemented it, the neuroscientist who helped make it work, and the academic who explains why it works and how to do it, Leading Transformation introduces an innovative yet proven process for creating breakthrough change.

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Contributors: Felicia Sinusas from Harvard Business Review Press

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#9 Innovation And Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker was likely the foremost internationally recognized management expert of the 20th Century, and this thought-provoking book (roughly 370 pages cover-to-cover) was originally published in the mid-1980s.

But, as perhaps the most important book he ever wrote, it's entirely appropriate that it has been re-issued in multiple editions (in both hardcover and paperback) since his death in 2005. Drucker (who's been referred to as the inventor of modern management and who's penned more than 35 management-related books) defines innovation as the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.  In this book, Druckerexplains why he believes that systematic and continuous innovation is a necessary component in managing all modern organizations.

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Contributors: Timothy G. Wiedman frm Doane University

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