Picked up a new book off the stack last week. The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times by Scott D. Anthony. You might recognize his name. Some time back I wrote about his previous book, The Innovator's Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work. Loved his previous book…this one's off to a great start as well.
Both books continue in the line of thinking developed by Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma. No surprise, Anthony has coauthored with Christensen in the past and refers a number of times to his previous work.
One of the keys to innovation is to develop an awareness of advances in other fields. If you study the work of innovators, from Thomas Edison to IDEO, you'll find that they are regularly plucking seemingly unrelated concepts or parts of what is happening outside their own field and then applying them in their own work. When you listen carefully to Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, or Andy Stanley…you can't help but come to the same conclusion.
If you're looking for ideas from outside your field that might apply, these are two excellent books to start with.