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Commitment to research accuracy xiii
Preface for the paperback edition xv
Chapter 1 The myth of epiphany 1
Chapter 2 We understand the history of innovation 17
Chapter 3 There is a method for innovation 35
Chapter 4 People love new ideas 53
Chapter 5 The lone inventor 69
Chapter 6 Good ideas are hard to find 83
Chapter 7 Your boss knows more about innovation than you 97
Chapter 8 The best ideas win 111
Chapter 9 Problems and solutions 127
Chapter 10 Innovation is always good 139
Chapter 11 Epilogue: Beyond hype and history 153
Chapter 12 Creative thinking hacks 167
Chapter 13 How to pitch an idea 175
Chapter 14 How to stay motivated 187
Appendix: Research and recommendations 193
Photo credits 205
How to help this book: A request from the author 211
About the author 213
Posted January 22, 2013
Zero insight just tedious blog
Little tidbits of disconnected facts - no doubt all taken from internet or plagiarized
Annoying style too. Like "you'll find this amazing but..." followed by another real yawner
The only thing i find amazing is that this guy could publish a book - i imagine he's very happy someone "innovated" the internet and that it wasn't a myth
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Posted December 9, 2010
"Myths of Innovation" (Scott Berkum, Oreilly, ISBN: 978-1-449-38962-8, 228 pages) is an expanded and paper back edition of the hard back book by the same name by the same author. I got an early copy of the eBook as part of O'Reilly Blogger Review program. Unlike conventional books on Innovation, in this book, the author tries to expose some of the popular innovation myths. This, he does by giving a number of examples, incidents and anecdotes. The point he tries to prove is that there is no substitute for hard work and grind, that innovations don't happen by accident, that anyone can innovate - not just the Newtons and Einsteins of the world. After he exposes the myths, the author proceeds to give some practical tips on how to innovate. He says, do not use the term "innovate" - instead solve problems, implement ideas, cure an illness, and so on. As the Nike slogan goes, he says "Just Do it". The book is an easy read. The author has a comfortable style of writing, perhaps, coming out of his innumerable essays and seminars/discussions. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been "told to innovate" or claims to be working in an organization that "innovates".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2010
Are you an innovative thinker? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Scott Berkun, has done an outstanding job of writing an expanded and revised book on where ideas originate to how they are made into things that change the world. Berkun, begins by discussing how it is an achievement to find a great idea, but an even greater achievement to successfully use it to improve the world. Next, the author explores why, much like the myth of epiphany, people are fond of reading and writing histories that make them feel better about the present. Then, he explains why there is no uniformity in innovative progress around the world; because, innovations may be adopted by one culture or nation decades before another. The author continues by explaining why innovations rarely involve someone working alone. Next, he examines how great ideas come from the repurposing of one thing for something else. Then, he discusses why persuasion fuels innovation at all levels. The author continues by explaining why the best ideas don't always win. Next, he discusses how new knowledge sometimes comes to the innovator in strange, bizarre, or incomprehensible experiences; and, why the innovator must chase these experiences until curiosities are exhausted or new solutions are found. Then, the author examines why the best philosophy of innovation is to accept both change and tradition and to avoid the traps of absolutes. He continues by explaining why there is so much hype around creativity today, that the simple truths get lost in the noise. Finally, the author gives advice on the three of the most essential challenges you'll face in trying to follow the simple plan of: coming up with ideas, explaining them to others, and staying motivated after the initial thrill of a new project is gone. This most excellent book recommends that discipline is required to seek motivation when feeling unmotivated; but, that is the difference between a "be" and a "want to be." You'll have to read the book to find out whether it will help you discover what you are capable of.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2007
It was an easy read and very entertaining. Scott Berkin is able to inject subtle humor throughout the book to help keep the readers interest. It debunked the myth of ¿build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door¿ Nothing is invented suddenly ¿ everything is built from the work of others. An inventor used all the knowledge available at the time, put different ideas and products together to `invent¿ or innovate something new. The second concept I found interesting was that many new ideas or `inventions¿ never made it at the time. A new idea or product requires several things to come together at once. First the public has to ready, there has to be a demand, second someone has to market it, get it out there to the public. It has to be easy to use or understand by the public. What is interesting is that many discoveries or inventions are credited to a now famous person from history, when in fact several others had done the same work or made the same invention or discovery, but they never moved forward with it, got it into the hands of the right people. Success was usually due to good business skills and clever marketing, not to mention finances to bankroll distribution or publicity. And many inventions were created indirectly while trying to solve a different problem. Being a Project Manager and tasked with solving problems, the most interesting concept Scott puts forth is that by clearly defining the problem up front, it almost solves itself. The solution becomes quite clear. The moral is: spend most of your time in defining the problem or project first, then executing a solution will be easy. The book contains many real life examples of products or ideas from ancient history to more modern times. The computer revolution references were particularly interesting to me, being of that generation and working in the IT field. The book contains a huge bibliography and copious foot notes for those that want additional information to substantiate Scott¿s ideas. It also had a nice index that would normally only be found in a text book or reference book. It was an inspiring book, made me want to revisit some of the ideas and products I had tinkered with in my garage now that I understand the forces at work behind great inventions. It¿s a book I would reference over and over again in order to re-inspire myself to continue any innovative EndeavourWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2010
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