Recommended Summer 2017 Readings for Creative Leaders

Summer 2017 promises a new batch of books to inform and support those striving to become better creative leaders. The following are recommended titles scheduled for publication between May and August.   Ed Batista, The Art of Self-Coaching (Harvard Business Review Press, August 8) The Stanford Graduate School of Business instructor, executive coach, and consistently… Continue reading

Beyond Customer Centricity

‘There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer…. Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two—and only these two—basic functions: marketing and innovation.’  — Peter Drucker   Peter Drucker’s words are frequently used – and perhaps over-used – to justify a business focus on the… Continue reading

16 New Books for Creative Leaders to Begin 2016

The opening months of of 2016 will see a shelf of new books containing research, insights and proven experience that promise to support better creative leadership.  The topics range widely from learning, disruption and uncertainty to the execution of strategy and the creativity, non-conformity, and gender equality in organizations.  All the following titles are scheduled… Continue reading

Top Ten Creative Leadership Books of 2014

Each of the top ten books of the past year offers fresh ideas, actionable insights, and imaginative solutions to a range of pressing challenges faced by creative leaders. The listed titles, including the notables that follow, celebrate thinking differently and acting differently in order to foster creativity, build innovative organizations and better engage customers across… Continue reading

Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove & Kent Lineback, ‘Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation’

Review of Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove & Kent Lineback, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014) The Introduction to Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation calls for a different kind of leader who creates organizations both willing and able to innovate.  From that… Continue reading

Saying ‘Innovation’ or ‘Creativity’ Is Not Enough

“What’s the opposite of innovation?,” the joke begins.  A tart punchline quickly follows: “Innovation consultants.”    Since I teach, coach and sometimes consult on innovation and creative leadership, that cynical joke gives me pause.  Consultants of all kinds are easy marks, of course, whether they are from well-known global firms or one-person shops.  But it… Continue reading

More on Nurturing Innovation and Celebrating Piracy: Will the Chinese Steve Jobs be a Pirate?

If the challenge of making sense of (and advancing) innovation I raised in my last post is evident anywhere today, it is in China.  Christopher Beam’s current column in Slate, “The Chinese Steve Jobs is Probably a Pirate” deftly probes which types of innovation we celebrate, which we condemn, and the murkiness of trying to distinguish… Continue reading