!nnovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World

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Businesses looking to succeed in the digital, global economy must innovate to survive, and !nnovation highlights the pioneers who have broken the mold and led the pack in a wide range of fields (including business and technology, engineer...
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Businesses looking to succeed in the digital, global economy must innovate to survive, and !nnovationhighlights the pioneers who have broken the mold and led the pack in a wide  range of fields (including business and technology, engineering and energy, government and social policy, the arts and advertising, media, medicine and more).  Innovation expert, Kim Chandler McDonald underlines the common denominators linking these highly creative people, such as their compunction to tell their truth, unpalatable or not, their entrepreneurial instincts and their steadfast protection of their brands.

This book offers readers:
--understanding of innovation as a mindset rather than a process
--insight on how to start thinking like an innovator and into how this can assist them with their own careers and goals
--knowledge of how to cultivate innovation in their own team, department or business
--personal accounts from international innovators

!nnovation showcases interviews with over 100 people who have pushed aside the boundaries in their field, such as: Vint Cerf, 'Father of the Internet' and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Matt Flannery, CEO/Co-Founder of Kiva, the microfinancing organization working to alleviate poverty; author Seth Godin; Zappos CEO and instigator of Las Vegas' transformational Downtown project, Tony Hsieh; Digital Royalty CEO Amy Jo Martin; and Chief Innovation Officer at the marketing agency MDC Partners, Faris Yakob. Chandler McDonald explores what drives these successful innovators, what makes innovations take off and why innovation is so critical to individuals, economies and to society as a whole.
 

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"Kim Chandler McDonald offers fresh (and brash) voices of unexpected innovators who will delight and inspire people everywhere to find their own creative spark in a "me-conomy" of new possibilities."
(Rosabeth Moss Kanter Management and Leadership Professor, Harvard Business School)
 
"When reading Innovation, it's not hard to imagine the incredibly busy schedules of its contributors and readers, and see the purpose of the book's delicious bite-sized chunks of ideas, experiences and insights that may be savored in moments of respite or over a lazy weekend afternoon. It offers a glimpse into an organic global order - the roots, branches and leaves of innovation - that is shaping humanity's future, and the requisite tending and shaping of ideas that is necessary to continue to make innovation meaningful, and not just an overplayed buzzword."
(Brad Smith Founder of WebVisions)

"!NNOVATION contains hundreds of fascinating thoughts about how true innovation occurs in the real world. Too many books on the subject matter are fullof fluff and hyperbole, while never saying anything worth while. However, Kim delivers on her promises and provides useful insight through the lens of others."
(Seth Kravitz, Chicagoan Cofounder of Technori, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Strange Pelican Brewery)
 
"It's a fun read, but be careful, before you know it, you'll be learning, and forming new concepts about innovation that you have never been thought of before. I found that the style used in the book, created a synergy between my own thoughts, the authors, and her guests. ...No doubt, you'll find yourself referring back to this book over and over again."
(Val Workman Principle Consultant, pmNerds)

“We can generalize all we like about innovation, but in the end it boils down to people. Some famous, some not. Some whose efforts shift the world, some whose seismic impacts are on the micro scale. What unites them is the gift to see round corners and press on when more rational (ahem) persons hold back. Here are sharply-focused interviews with these doers and some keen observers. I've read them to my profit, and so will you.”
(Nigel Cameron, Strategic Adviser President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC)
 
“The importance of innovative thought and the collaboration of ideas and inspiration is at the forefront of this collection of interviews and essays.  The range of business expertise and acumen is extensive; however it’s important that Kim has also included award winning young people who illustrate that students have great potential and strive for excellence in a wide range of fields that benefit business and society alike.  By including these young people and highlighting the non-cognitive skills they deployed to drive change, the book becomes a bridge to discussion among a wide range of ages and interests.”
(Sarah Berghorst Executive Director at OneGoal)
 
"!nnovation is more than a collection of interviews. ...McDonald has an ability to ask the right questions to elicit intriguing, insightful answers from her subjects. Her added skill is in editing the interviews and excerpting the most meaningful portions to include in the book.  ...!nnovation is a book that will offer readers the rare opportunity to learn firsthand about the kinds of innovations that are changing our world from the revolutionaries who are behind them. By creating and sharing such a unique collection of interviews, McDonald has done an invaluable service to readers, advancing our understanding of innovation."  Read the full review here.
(Barry Silverstein ForeWord Reviews)

“The book is a gallery of bright and brilliant innovation stories in our GDE-Global Digital Economy and Me-conomics. It is full of inspiring interviews as well as mind-stimulating ‘Quizzics’. It is demonstrating that the future is in navigating the innovative ecosystems generated by the renewal of National Intellectual Capital, as well as leveraging/embracing the innovative Intellectual Capital multiplier effects of ICT innovation at the enterprise level. Happy Reading!”
(Leif Edvinsson World's First Professor on Intellectual Capital)

"Succeeds in being visionary and pragmatic at the same time. Filled with valuable insights and grounded advice. Gives you an urge to improve everything around you - which is the essence of innovation."
(Saku Tuominen Founder of Idealist Group and Dreamdo)
 
“Kim Chandler McDonald has underlined not just how important innovation is to us presently, but how integral it will be to us in the future - both in the short term and long term.  It is not often that a book appears which reaches across so many frontiers of experience and expertise as it extends an inter-generational bridge between such a wide range of ideas, inspirations and innovational thinking.  I would suggest this book be core reference reading for any student of innovation and entrepreneurship - whether they are leading up to university study, in a graduate program, or partaking in the university of life.”
(Sandy Carter IBM General Manager and Social Business Evangelist)
 
"Innovation is boundless, borderless and vital to a vibrant, creative and prosperous society.  Kim Chandler McDonald illustrates this compellingly by bringing together more than 100 international thought-leaders, highlighting the triumphs and obstacles behind real-world, world-class innovation."
(Henry F. De Sio, Jr 2008 Obama for America COO, Former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama)
 
"I think Kim’s approach of obtaining perspectives about Innovation from real people out there doing Innovation is brilliant! ...Kim lived up to her promise within the introduction, where she says, “On the way I will introduce you to innovators who have broken the mould, led the pack, and moved their own particular mountains in fields as diverse as business and technology, engineering and education, government and social policy, media, medicine and more.”  Kim’s book stimulated my thoughts and gave me ideas on what I should focus on to be more innovative and how to innovate with others beyond the boundaries of my own environment. This book is an excellent resource for those looking to improve and expand their innovation processes and thoughts."
(Cathy Liggett Portfolio Management Solutions Sales Director at ProModel Corporation)

General interest, managers, executives and leaders
 
"I have never encountered such a useful compendium of lessons learned and personal insights about innovators.  Kim Chandler McDonald...has covered an incredible breath of industries, expertise, and subsequently, the thoughtful generations of knowledge mavens who are now triggering more innovation and creativity where they think and play.  ..Being an educator and knowledge activist, I was particularly taken by Kim's interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education. I appreciated one of Kim's interview questions with Adam Glick: "So should education be a business?" As many of us who are attempting to innovate in higher ed survey the broken educational landscape, few institutions can be identified as embracing the transformative changes that need to take place. If making high education a "business" can speed up the transformation and provide a more tangible business value proposition to students, then I would throw my lot into that emerging industry.  ...Bring a smile to your face! Read these inspiring personal stories and extraordinary narratives."
(Michael Sutton Associate Professor, Gore School of Business at Westminster College)

“The personal insights shared by the innovators who were interviewed explore the core concepts underlying innovation and the skills that will define success in the increasingly competitive global digital economy.  With its enhanced eBook/online format,  !nnovation is a great read and an intriguing interactive experience!”
(Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO of Womenovation)
 

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How to emulate the global pioneers whose ideas and products have transformed their fields

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpfulBy Michael J. Sutton on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have never encountered such a useful compendium of lessons learned and personal insights about innovators. The closest I have come would be Dr. Alex Bennet's 2005 unpublished dissertation entitled, "Exploring Aspects of Knowledge Management That Contribute to the Passion Expressed by Its Thought Leaders." The dissertation covered the core themes that emerged when Alex interviewed 34 KM thought leaders across the globe.

Kim Chandler McDonald, on the other hand, has furnished every entrepreneur and business person with a mosaic of traits, characteristics, backgrounds, failures, successes, and experiences that provide the crucible for innovation in our world today. Kim has covered an incredible breath of industries, expertise, and subsequently, the thoughtful generations of knowledge mavens who are now triggering more innovation and creativity where they think and play.

I pray that Kim has the budget to follow up this stimulating expose of intriguing case studies in a decade to ascertain where these folks have gone. For example, Kim interviewed Jack Andraka, winner of the 2012 International Science Fair. Will Mr. Andraka be teaching or will he be leading an innovative healthcare industry lab?

Being an educator and knowledge activist, I was particularly taken by Kim's interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education. I appreciated one of Kim's interview questions with Adam Glick: "So should education be a business?" As many of us who are attempting to innovate in higher ed survey the broken educational landscape, few institutions can be identified as embracing the transformative changes that need to take place.Read more ›
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This is the latest of several dozen books on innovation that I have read thus far and is among the most informative because Kim Chandler McDonald draws upon more than one hundred of her interviews of international thought leaders and influencers who share their thoughts about "how innovators think, act, and change our world." What excited me initially, when I reviewed the list of major contributors, is that I recognized very few of them. However different they may be in most respects, they seem to agree with what McDonald characterizes as the three "core axioms" of the book: innovation drives change, innovation (directly or indirectly) touches each of us, and innovators deserve recognition, celebration, and applause. "This book is my hands clapping. I hope, by the end of our time together, you join me in my ovation."

I commend McDonald on her skillful use of several reader-friendly devices that include a "word cloud" of key words with rich and diverse associations such as "differentiate" and "infrastructure." These clusters are "commonalities, the themes, if you will, that link and lead" innovative thinking. In fact, McDonald characterizes them as "the warp and weft, the contexts and concepts, the melodies and harmonies of this symphony of extraordinary, and extraordinarily innovative, individuals." Also, following each interview, she includes a simple "Keyword imagination exercise." She asks the reader to close eyes for five minutes and await development of thoughts and ideas triggered, " inspired" by the key words. McDonald provides a remarkably thoughtful introduction to each of the sections within which the material is carefully organized. I also appreciate the "Innovators speak" insertions.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpfulBy Steve Davies on October 16, 2013
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Achieves what many other books on innovation don't do. Provides a beautiful strategic mosaic of innovation on a human scale. The starting point that innovation is axiomatic is powerful common sense and sets the stage for the focus on empowered end users who are coming to `get the world'.

The focus on empathy and inspiration is great to see. All to often large bureaucracies reduce innovation to a tick the box exercise - and then wonder why they fail. Inspiration and empathy are core.

The other chord Kim's book strikes concerns risk aversion and disruption. Bureaucracies are risk averse, innovators are not. They might even be trouble makers :)

The rich tapestry Kim has woven makes for an inspirational and thoughtful read for anyone contemplating innovation or, indeed, for those who do not yet know they are Flat World Navigators.

Lastly, innovation requires us all to take a leap of faith. !nnovation provides a great platform to do just that. And soar like and eagle.

Steve Davies, Founder of ozloop.org.
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Kim's very creative and innovative book, !nnovation, presents an extremely novel and critical way for us to not only be stimulated about innovation, but learn about the diversity and depth of innovation. Kim's tireless efforts and critical thinking in bringing together various perspectives and dimensions to the concept of innovation, will be key in broadening the reader's mind about what is innovation and how do we achieve it. Most importantly that Innovation is NOT one thing, rather many things coming together to ultimately change the world. Congratulations Kim on a job extremely well done!

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