Bakersfield, CA 11/28/2005 – A group of senior innovation leaders has selected twelve books from a field of over ninety candidates for the first, global book club focused on innovation. Books were chosen for their power to stimulate thought and practical application for innovators. The book club is sponsored by the InnovationNetwork, a global community of innovation practitioners and additional information is available at http://thinksmart.com
Stephen Denning’s “The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling, Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative” was selected because of its emphasis on the critical skill of using stories to promote and support change. It is a comprehensive look at the role of storytelling in meeting the most important leadership challenges in today’s world.
Tom Kelley, author of The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation, states, "Storytellers play a pivotal role in the 21st century enterprise, and Denning has provided us with a handy field guide to the narrative craft. After making a compelling argument for the power of storytelling, he gives us the details on how to deliver the right story at the right time. Read this useful book-and then tell your friends about it!"
Larry Prusak, co-author of Working Knowledge says this is “the one book every manager should read before giving up their lifeless PowerPoint presentations. The book is creative, eclectic, passionate and useful--a rare and winning combination for a business book."
The full roster for the book club year includes the following:
Month Book & Author(s)
Jan The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley, IDEO
Feb How Breakthroughs Happen, the Surprising Truth about How Companies Innovate by Andrew Hargadon, Associate Professor of Management, University of California, Davis
Mar Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
Apr The Leader's Guide to Storytelling, Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative by Stephen Denning
May The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Jun Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard, CEO Patagonia
Jul Punished by Rewards, the Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn
Aug The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts & Cultures by Frans Johansson
Sep The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosemund Zander
Oct Making Innovation Work - How to Mange It, Measure It, and Profit from It by Davila, Epstein, Shelton
Nov How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci by Michael Gelb
Dec Creativity at Work, Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen by Jeff DeGraff and Katherine Lawrence
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