The Art of Innovation

Spending some time working through Tom Kelley's The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm. One of my favorite reads of the last 10 years was his The Ten Faces of Innovation.  This is an

The Truth About You

Taking the opportunity to check out The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success, Marcus Buckingham's latest.  You've probably picked up Now, Discover Your Strengths and Go Put Your Strengths to Work.  If so, you've got to ask the question…how'd

Wargaming for Leaders

Don't let the title fool you, this is very interesting.  It's been in the stack for about a month (actually, I've had a preview copy even longer), but getting into it I'm finding this is a really fascinating read.  Wargaming

Jack’s Notebook

Picked up a really engaging book off the stack last night. Jack's Notebook: A business novel about creative problem solving by Gregg Fraley.  As the sub-title notes, it's actually a novel with creative problem solving principles built in.  Found myself

Malcolm Gladwell on Popcast

I mentioned Outliers in Friday's post.  You can watch Malcolm Gladwell give a very interesting (and short) talk over at Pop!Casts on the topic that drives his newest book.  You can check it out right here. Thanks to Mike Wagner over at


If you’ve been listening in the last few years you’ve been influenced by Malcolm Gladwell.  His first book, The Tipping Point, gave new insights into the way we understand and talk about movements.  His next book, Blink, changed the way

Inside Drucker’s Brain

Sometimes books arrive unsolicited. Other times I desperately connive to seek them out. Inside Drucker's Brain by Jeffrey A. Krames is a book that I had to read.  If you've been following StrategyCentral for any time at all, you know

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Sometimes if you want to really understand an idea, you need to go back to its roots.  If you want to really understand disruptive innovation, you need to go back to The Innovator’s Dilemma.  Don’t know it?  When is was

A Sense of Urgency

One of the authors that has had a real influence on my thinking about change and bringing change has been John Kotter.  Beginning with Leading Change I’ve found myself returning over and over to his 8 stage process of creating