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  • Competing for the Future Paperback – April 1, 1996 by Gary Hamel

    New competitive realities have ruptured industry boundaries, overthrown much of standard management practice, and rendered conventional models of strategy and growth obsolete. In their stead have come the powerful ideas and methodologies of Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, whose much-revered thinking has already engendered a new language of strategy. In this book, they develop a coherent model for how today's executives can identify and accomplish no less than heroic goals in tomorrow's marketplace. Their masterful blueprint addresses how executives can ease the tension between competing today and clearing a path toward leadership in the future.

  • Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) Paperback – October 14, 2014 by Salim Ismai

    Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year

    In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

    In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company―the Exponential Organization―that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers.

    Three luminaries of the business world―Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone―have researched this phenomenon and documented ten characteristics of Exponential Organizations. Here, in EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS, they walk the reader through how any company, from a startup to a multi-national, can become an ExO, streamline its performance, and grow to the next level.

    Chosen by Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, to be one of Bloomberg's Best Books of 2015

  • Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society Paperback – October 27, 2010 by Christian Bason

    In a time of unprecedented turbulence, how can public sector organisations increase their ability to find innovative solutions to society's problems? Leading Public Sector Innovation shows how government agencies can use co-creation to overcome barriers and deliver more value, at lower cost, to citizens and business. Through inspiring global case studies and practical examples, the book addresses the key triggers of public sector innovation. It shares new tools for citizen involvement through design thinking and ethnographic research, and pinpoints the leadership roles needed to drive innovation at all levels of government. Leading Public Sector Innovation is essential reading for public managers and staff, social innovators, business partners, researchers, consultants and others with a stake in the public sector of tomorrow.

  • Leading Smart Transformation

    Can government change? The answer must be “yes” but not in the mold of previous reform efforts. Incremental, partial, short term, unconnected initiatives never add up to the coherent, fundamental reform now required of governments across the world.

    So where is the script on what to do and how to do it?

    Governments are incredibly interconnected organizational structures. Policies and initiatives do not exist in isolation; many tentacles reach across organizational boundaries and country borders. The complexity in delivering change is immense. Add to this the reality that most political leaders have little experience of delivering change of this size and scope, and the task of transforming government can seem overwhelming.

    Leading Smart Transformation: A Roadmap for World Class Government, is an excellent guide to the challenge of creating a highly adaptive and efficient government. The central concept of “Smart Transformation” does not support “Big” government but more efficient government, where the state and corporations take responsibility for finding a balanced “commercial model that is sustainable over time and produces outcomes that are in the best interest of the country’s citizens.”

    Leading Smart Transformation reinforces tenets widely regarded as critical to managing change successfully; having a meaningful vision, setting strategy, managing stakeholders, and developing talent. What sets it apart is the authors’ emphasis on the “X-factor leadership.” Through their global case studies they have observed a “superset” of unique leadership characteristics, sensitive to the particular context and point in time. Analytical and intellectual skills can design the change route but the difference between success and failure is the distinct emotional and interpersonal skills that leaders intuitively demonstrate in bringing about change.

  • The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators Hardcover – July 19, 2011 by Jeff Dyer

    A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation.

    In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, How Will You Measure Your Life?) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.

    By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators—from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.

    Once you master these competencies (the authors provide a self-assessment for rating your own innovator’s DNA), the authors explain how to generate ideas, collaborate to implement them, and build innovation skills throughout the organization to result in a competitive edge. This innovation advantage will translate into a premium in your company’s stock price—an innovation premium—which is possible only by building the code for innovation right into your organization’s people, processes, and guiding philosophies.

    Practical and provocative, The Innovator’s DNA is an essential resource for individuals and teams who want to strengthen their innovative prowess.

  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Hardcover – September 13, 2011 by Eric Ries

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

    The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

    Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth Hardcover – September, 2003 by Clayton M. Christensen

    n his international bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen exposed this crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders: by placing too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers, these firms actually paved the way for their own demise by ignoring the disruptive technologies that aggressively evolved to displace them. In The Innovator’s Solution, Christensen and coauthor Michael E. Raynor help all companies understand how to become disruptors themselves.

    Clay Christensen (author of the award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “How Will You Measure Your Life?”) and Raynor not only reveal that innovation is more predictable than most managers have come to believe, they also provide helpful advice on the business decisions crucial to truly disruptive growth. Citing in-depth research and theories tested in hundreds of companies across many industries, the authors identify the processes that create successful innovation—and they show managers how to tailor their strategies to the changing circumstances of a dynamic world.

    The Innovator’s Solution is an important addition to any innovation library.

    Published by Harvard Business Review Press. 

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