Leadership Alert: George Barbee and Innovation Nuggets

Executive Book Summary: George BarbeeGeorge Barbee’s new book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) has recently been included as an executive book summary in Soundview’s “Leadership Alert”. Innovation (and striving to be more innovative) is a key factor in the success of any business in today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive world, so we are pleased to contribute to this category.

Soundview is an organization that helps business professionals efficiently find the best information by, in part, providing business executive book summaries. Soundview also provides author webinars and video interviews with top business executives related to leadership, management, marketing, sales, and career development, and more.

Barbee’s book can be ordered here, through Amazon.

Training Magazine Embraces Innovation in the Organization

Training MagazineMost of us work for someone in an organization.

Training Magazine (a 50-year-old professional development publication) just released an article that brings techniques for offering innovation inspiration to both large numbers of employees and executive leadership groups.

Since companies can no longer rely on acquisitions for sustained growth, they must instill a renewed spirit of innovation down into their organization.

Take a look at Training Magazine’s article, Innovation Means Never Stop Learning, for a few tips on sustaining innovation—what I like to elevate as “The Learning Organization” in my book, 63 Innovation Nuggets. You can learn more about this book here as well.

Fast Company: Barbee’s Book Busts “Thinker’s Cramp”

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Fast Company’s Stephanie Vozza explores 6 myths surrounding innovation with author George Barbee and his new book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators). Barbee feels that “anyone is capable of being innovative.”

Barbee’s book can help break and even avoid the dreaded “thinker’s cramp” for individuals as well as small and large companies when it comes to entrepreneurial endeavors and innovation. You are selling yourself short “if you think innovation is only for genius inventors like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.”

To read more about these innovation myths (and how to bust “thinker’s cramp), continue on to the article at Fast Company.

Small Business Forum: 3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

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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

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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?

Anne Fisher, FORTUNE, reviews 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators)

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We are very pleased to announce that FORTUNE magazine writer, Anne Fisher, recently favorably reviewed 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) in her online piece titled “63 Ways to Be More Innovative at Work” (Nov. 4, 2015).

Fisher, author of two books herself and columnist for FORTUNE since 1996, writes, “Barbee’s ideas are deceptively simple, but each one could pack a real punch.”

Whether you pack this book in your travel bag or keep it by your bedside, you’ll find yourself drawn into its practical wisdom again and again. You can read the entire article online at FORTUNE.


Interview with Skip Prichard on Leadership Insights

The book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators), is off to a great start with early Amazon sales and wide distribution. But perhaps most gratifying is seeing some of the nice and complementary coverage the book is already receiving.

Below is part of an interview from a renowned executive in the publishing field, Skip Prichard. Skip was CEO of Ingram Content Group and Ingram is the world’s largest distributor of books to over 35,000 stores. He is currently President and CEO of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a global nonprofit computer library service and research organization.

Skip said, “Congratulations, your book is a significant addition to the work on innovation. It is a book I will read over and over again.”

You can read Skip’s entire interview here, and you can visit his Leadership Insights blog to learn more about his passion for books and for innovation.

Innovation Nuggets

I’m always studying the world’s greatest innovators. From Apple’s Steve Jobs to Tesla’s Elon Musk, we can admire and emulate some of the practices that inspire creativity. Whether you are looking to boost your own innovative spirit, create an innovative team, or power your creative genius, you may find that regularly reading and studying others sparks new ideas.

One spark may be a new book by George Barbee.

63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) is a practical guide to boosting your innovation. George Barbee developed these nuggets during the span of his 45 year career as an entrepreneur and corporate leader. For the last 15 years, George has taught at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

I recently spoke with George about his many decades of teaching and living the subject of innovation.

Don’t Underestimate Your Ability to Innovate

George, I have heard you say, “Yes, Steve Jobs is a genius, but what about innovating for the rest of us?” What exactly do you mean by that?

Steve was in fact a true genius of “Invention.” He could imagine what people needed and wanted even before they realized it or could verbalize it themselves. He could see around corners into the future.

63 Innovation Nuggets for aspiring innovators by George BarbeeBut I believe most of the rest of us way underestimate our ability to “innovate”—especially with focus on techniques and methods within our control to improve this skill. And yes, it is a skill and an art, not an innate ability or something we are necessarily born with. I’ve witnessed this in my business career and the last 15 years teaching at University of Virginia, and interestingly across 40 countries. It’s a major theme underlying the book.

“Invention” is part of the broader scope of “innovation.” In fact, only a slice.

For example, the rest of us can be gifted and train ourselves to “innovate” in new and different ways. Key to the word “innovation” is doing something in a “meaningfully new and different way.” This takes us well beyond just product invention, but “innovation” now incorporates anything that is new and meaningfully different.

In the book we talk about dozens of “nuggets” or little gems that provide insights as to how to innovate. It is, in fact, remarkably easy to develop these skills. Like exercising a good muscle, the more you use it and focus on it, the better it gets. It’s a form of building innovative confidence through practice.

It’s learnable. It’s teachable.

Click here to continue the interview on Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights blog, and you can check out the book on Amazon as well.