Innovation Lending Library

Your Innovation Team has a new lending library!  You’re welcome to check them out using this convenient form:  Below is a summary of the books available:


Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

Robert Cialdini

'Pre-suasion' is the art ofinfluenceby capturing and channeling attention. Rather than seek to change what people think (difficult), change what they think about instead by directing their attention (easy). The changed focus of our attention primes, anchors, frames and sets the agenda for our subsequent choices.

Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last is for those who want to feel they and their work matter and for those who want to inspire others to feel the same.

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Stephen M. R. Covey

The Speed Of Trust not only explains the economics of trust, but also shows you how to cultivate great trust in yourself, your relationships, and the three kinds of stakeholders you'll deal with when you're running a company. The one thing that changes everything.

What the Dog Saw

Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw directly and transparently categorizes itself as a collection of Gladwell’s favorite (by his own admission) stories published in the New Yorker. Instead of chapters, the book is organized in three sections: obsessives and minor geniuses, theories and ways of organizing experience and predictions we make about people. The stories are provocative, at times ultimately moving the reader to ponder the everyday box they have created for themselves and whether the box provides a credible perimeter or should be thrown out in favor of something a little more unconventional but valid and true.

David and Goliath

Malcom Gladwell

David and Goliath changes the perspective we see strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, blessing and misfortune. In many cases in life and work, what we think as misfortune is the best thing that can happen to us, and what we think as an advantage can lead to the worst outcome.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow analyzes two modes of thought; “System 1” is fast, instinctive and emotional; “System 2” is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. It examines emotional thought versus more logical thought and will literally change the way you think.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant

In Originals, Adam Grant covers how creative thinking happens, what we can do to become more creative and innovative, and also provides some strategies for dealing with emotions in different situations.

Give and Take

Adam Grant

Give and Take. Adam Grant believes that success, development, and financial well-being is usually divided into three factors – motivation, ability, and opportunity. But, he goes a step further and identifies a fourth component – the ability to interact with people. Adam Grant classifies people into takers and givers

Where Good Ideas Come From 
Steven Johnson

This book presents a robust theoretical framework around how good ideas emerged in human history and debunking myths associated with the same. The underlying theme of the book is how coral reefs, big cities, and the world-wide-web provide the right platform for innovation. The right platform for innovation provides liquid networks that encourage rapid information sharing, serendipitous encounters, the formation of slow hunches, the exploration of the adjacent possible, and exaptation of the existing solutions for solving seemingly unrelated problems.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Dan Ariely

The author challenges readers' assumptions about making decisions based on rational thought. Ariely explains, "My goal, by the end of this book, is to help you fundamentally rethink what makes you and the people around you tick. I hope to lead you there by presenting a wide range of scientific experiments, findings, and anecdotes that are in many cases quite amusing. Once you see how systematic certain mistakes are—how we repeat them again and again—I think you will begin to learn how to avoid some of them.”

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek

In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind. The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.

Discover your True North: Becoming an Authentic Leader

Bill George

Being a leader is about much more than title and management skills—it's fundamentally a question of who we are as human beings.Discover Your True Northoffers a concrete and comprehensive program for becoming an authentic leader, and shows how to chart your path to leadership success.

Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight

John W. Foreman

The book provides nine tutorials on optimization, machine learning, data mining, and forecasting all within the confines of a spreadsheet. Each tutorial uses a real-world problem and the author guides the reader using query’s the reader might ask as how to craft a solution using the correct data science technique.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Take Hold and Others Come Unstuck

Chip & Dan Heath

Why is it easier to recall some things but not others? Teachers spend hours filling students with mitosis, only for it to be forgotten. Likewise, a Manager unveils the new strategy only to find the next day the employees continuing with the old strategy. In many cases we are only as effective as our power of communication. This book focuses on the key strategies that helps shape an idea into one that can stick. It uses a mnemonic, SUCCESs = Simple; Unexpected; Concrete; Credible; Emotional and Stories.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek presents the idea that great leaders inspire others by putting the Why (the purpose) before the How (the process), or the What (the product).

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Chip & Dan Heath

In their follow-up book to the critically acclaimed international bestseller Made to Stick,ChipandDan Heathtalk about how difficultchangeis in our companies, our careers, and our lives, whychangeis sohard, and how we can overcome our resistance and makechangehappen.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande

Checklists provide the ability to be more disciplined and more creative. This sounds like a weird combination, but it’s true. Humans aren’t good at discipline. It isn’t natural so we have to make an effort if we want to improve. And it is essential to improve discipline because without it things can go very, very wrong. If a pilot forgets to flip a switch, lives are at stake. If a development team forgets to run a test, they can release a product that malfunctions and loses company customers and profits. If discipline, through a checklist, is adhered to, things tend to go right. People don’t have to think about each and every step. The steps are spelled out. By taking these little yet essential pieces of information off of your mind, you are able to concentrate on other things, stretch your mind and be much more creative.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 
Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. ... As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Collins and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not chance. Innovation by itself turns out not to be the trump card in a chaotic and uncertain world; more important is the ability to scale innovation, to blend creativity with discipline.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

Jim Collins

Building upon the concepts introduced in Good to Great, Jim Collins answers the most commonly asked questions raised by his readers in the social sectors. Using information gathered from interviews with over 100 social sector leaders, Jim Collins shows that his "Level 5 Leader" and other good-to-great principles can help social sector organizations make the leap to greatness.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don't

Jim Collins

Collins identified several key characteristics in companies that made the leap from good to great.
Level 5 Leadership: Leaders who are humble, but driven to do what's best for the company.
First Who, Then What: Get the right people on the bus, then figure out where to go. Find the right people and try them out in different seats on the bus (different positions in the company).
Confront the Brutal Facts: The Stockdale paradox—Confront the brutal truth of the situation, yet at the same time, never give up hope.
Hedgehog Concept: Three overlapping circles: What lights your fire ("passion")? What could you be best in the world at ("best at")? What makes you money ("driving resource")?
Culture of Discipline: Rinsing the cottage cheese.
Technology Accelerators: Using technology to accelerate growth, within the three circles of the hedgehog concept.
The Flywheel: The additive effect of many small initiatives; they act on each other like compound interest.
Collins found that the main reason certain companies become great is they narrowly focus the company’s resources on their field of key competence.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz

The fundamental thesis of Ben Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, is that there is no formula for leadership, especially in difficult times, however those times are exactly when leaders can make the most impact. While the book is a fascinating read about the rise, struggles, and shifts in IT companies during the Tech Bubble burst, it is the decision making and the lessons about why the decisions were effective that make this a valuable read for leaders and those who aspire to leadership in their futures.