my recent reads..

Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
Power Sources and Supplies: World Class Designs
Red Storm Rising
Locked On
Analog Circuits Cookbook
The Teeth Of The Tiger
Sharpe's Gold
Without Remorse
Practical Oscillator Handbook
Red Rabbit

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Innovation and Two Book Recommendations

There's a great quote in Chad Fowler's My Job Went to India which I just posted a quick review of:
In business, ideas are dime a dozen. It's the blood, sweat, tears and money you pour into a product that make it really worth something.
I'd extend that and link it to a later part of the book that focuses on Execution.
To be successful, raw ability will get you only so far. The final stretch is populated by closers - people who finish things.
As Theodore Levitt said:
Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
In other words, the key is doing. One of my pet subjects;-) I can come up with a million creative ideas, but without follow-through, its all just a bit of mental fun.

An excellent companion read is Scott Berkun's The Myths of Innovation.

Get them both on your bookshelf! The sooner, the better.

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