Small Business Forum: 3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

3_Books Small Business Owners Should Read

Rieva Lesonsky, GrowBiz Media, recognizes that there is “so much small business owners need to know to operate at peak performance.” Lesonsky praises and recommends 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) as one of “3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read” in Small Business Forum.

“The author, George Barbee, a faculty fellow at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and an innovation expert with an impressive resume (Pepsi, IBM and GE among others), wants you to know that “true innovation is broader than just invention.”

She also states that the “book is so easy to absorb—each nugget is short and easy to grasp, and is supported by an anecdote that puts it into real-world context.” George Barbee’s book can be ordered through Amazon.

Forbes: 8 Myths That Can Inhibit Innovation

George Barbee, 62 Innovation Nuggets, 8 Myths that can inhibit Innovation in your Business, Martin Zwilling, Forbes

We are very pleased by a new mention of 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) in a timely Forbes article—this time by contributor Martin Zwilling in 8 Myths That Can Inhibit Innovation In Your Business.

It is indeed a myth that innovation must be driven top down by visionary leaders.

In my book, I discuss the idea that in a global economy with inherent complexities, innovative decision-making must happen down in the organization, but also in concert with senior management’s leadership and vision. Innovation is best led by vision, and it must be encouraged, developed and rewarded. Having a vision is important, but reinforcing that vision with success stories and celebrating it with individuals can make it come alive in implementation.

What has been your experience related to innovation in an organization? Are innovators encouraged to innovate by management? Are innovators rewarded and celebrated? How can you (or your organization) facilitate an innovative culture?