Centre I - Workshops, coaching and consultancy.
Creative4Business - Offer workshops, speakers and consultancy in the UK.
Destination Innovation (Paul Sloane) - Workshops and facilitation in the UK.
Idea Champions (Mitchell Ditkoff) - Creativity, leadership, teamwork, innovation culture consultants.
John Kao (Kao and Company) - US strategy consultants to public and private sector organisations and governments.
Jeneanne Rae (Motiv Strategies) - US ‘thought leader’ on innovation management and design strategy.
Breakthrough/Disruptive Innovation - A collection of articles on the subject.
Closed Source Innovation - A collection of articles on the subject.
Eight Ways to Generate More Ideas in a Group - Kevin Eikenberry on thinking laterally.
High-Impact Innovation - Jeneanne Rae in Business Week.
How to Nurture Innovation in Your Business - Computer Weekly article – intrapreneurship and disruption.
Incremental Innovation - A collection of articles on the subject.
Creativity is not enough - Ted Levitt’s classic (1963) article on innovation and creativity.
Open Source Innovation - A collection of articles on the subject.
The Discipline of Innovation - A great Peter Drucker article on how it’s not all about flashes of creative genius.
The Ignorance of Crowds - What’s wrong with the open-source model.
The Perils of Innovation Overdrive - Bill Taylor on ‘innovation run amok’.
The Trouble with Out-of-the-Box Thinking - Interview with Andrew Hargadon on continuity and innovation.
What not to do - Ten ways to inhibit innovation.
Awake at the Wheel - Mitchell Ditkoff - 2008 A Stone Age fable about big ideas: how to have one, how to overcome resistance to it and how to get your idea off the ground.
Business Innovation in the 21st Century - Praveen Gupta - 2006 Describes a business innovation called Brinnovation (breakthrough innovation on demand). If you can cope with the silly compound word (or sicompord as we call them), you’ll like the book.
Creative Compartments – Gerard Fairtlough - 1994 All about trust, openness and communication in innovation groups. Gerard did it at Celltech, so we know it works.
Get Back in the Box - Douglas Rushkoff - 2005 Stick to your knitting, go back to what you’re good at and innovate from there.
Good to Great – Jim Collins - 2001 A rightly famous book about leadership, culture and technology, as well as innovation.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Peter Drucker - 1985 Another classic book on how to foster innovation in your organisation. Drucker is the master. Nobody messes with Drucker.
Innovation Nation – John Kao - 2007 How to make America the world-leader at innovation again – includes some coverage of other countries (like Singapore, Denmark and Finland) that are good at it.
Inside Project Red Stripe – Andrew Carey - 2008 Case study of an innovation team at The Economist – taking in current thinking on teamwork, innovation, Web 2.0. [a Triarchy book, so we’re biased].
Making Innovation Work -Tony Davila, Marc J. Epstein, Robert Shelton - 2005 Innovation consultants prescribe how to measure, manage and deliver on innovation.
Open Innovation - Henry Chesbrough - 2003 How to identify internal and external sources of ideas and take them to market via multiple paths.
Out of the Crisis – W Edwards Deming - 1982 A classic book on management style – still well worth reading. Outside Innovation – Patty Seybold - 2006 A clear call to turn to your customers to invite them to design your company’s next innovation.
Seeing What's Next - Erik Roth, Clayton Christensen & Scott Anthony - 2004 How to predict which innovations and innovative companies are going to succeed.
Smart World – Richard Ogle - 2007 Cognitive science and the art of creativity – fascinating.
The Art of Innovation - Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman - 2001 Behind the scenes at US design firm IDEO.
The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb - 2007 Why humans are bad at expecting the unexpected. This book has acquired a sort of cult status because it explains rather nicely why we are so often very stupid.
The Circle of Innovation – Tom Peters - 1999 Tom Peters at his best – an inspiring, though outdated – look at ways for businesses to adapt to the unexpected.
The Innovation Acid Test – Andrew Jones - 2008 Examines innovative businesses worldwide and shows that they are using design, architecture and anthropology to promote innovation [n.b. another Triarchy book].
The Innovative Leader - Paul Sloane - 2007 How to get and present a vision of innovation, win people round and fight the fear of change. Paul appears in the blog list and the consultants list. There’s no stopping him.
The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen - 2000 Looks at disruptive innovation and the problem of whether to ask your customers, when it comes to innovating (because they know your business and know what they want) – or avoid them like the plague (because they don’t actually understand your business and don’t know what they want until you tell them). Clay has squeezed every last drop of goodness out of this excellent idea.
The Medici Effect - Frans Johansson - 2004 Argues that creative breakthroughs most often occur when we bring ideas from one field into another, crossing disciplines and cultures.
The Myths of Innovation - Scott Berkun - 2007 Taking many historical examples, the book focuses on collaboration, persuasion and knowing when an idea is good enough.
The Ten Faces of Innovation - Thomas Kelley & Jonathan Littman - 2005 Focuses on people and team-building at US design firm IDEO.
The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki - 2004 The book that started everyone thinking about how to harness collective wisdom in the cause of creativity and innovation. It’s sort of old hat now, but still worth reading.
Brainstorming How to generate a lot of useful/less ideas very quickly.
Expect the Unexpected or You Won't Find It A thought-provoking collection of meditations based on 30 of Heraclitus’ epigrams. Works a bit like the I-Ching and requires the same suspension of incredulous disbelief. Forecasting A series of tools for predicting and forecasting technology innovations. Much duller than Heraclitus.
Free the Genie 55 cards to unlock creativity and unblock the process. Sorry about the language.
IFR A tool for visualising and finding the ideal, final result. Spot the acrid nymph.
Oblique Strategies 100 dilemmas to help you move on when you’re stuck – worth having in any situation. Fun. We love these.
Reframing Matrix A way of generating different perspectives.
SCAMPER Checklist of changes you can make to an existing product.
Sticky Wisdom Exercises, tools, insights, stories and case studies to help you find your creativity.
TRIZ A problem solving technique based on logic, data and research.
A lot of (too many) people are blogging about innovation and innovations. Here are some of the best: