The President’s State of the Union address was especially poignant for me after just returning home from the week long INNOVATION seminar I taught at UVA’s Darden School of Business.
In his speech, President Obama mentioned Steve Jobs and my ears perked. Specifically, Obama said that we, as a country—and whether Democrat or Republican—“should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.”
Indeed! This is exactly what the basic tenet of my book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators), encourages.
“After all, innovation is what America has always been about,” Obama continued. And he is right. Innovation drives much of what we all do in this county to make our lives easier, more meaningful, profitable, interesting, competitive …. the reasons behind innovation are countless.
It is heartening to hear our President talk about passing an agenda that will help start-ups and entrepreneurs succeed by providing financing, tax relief, and more support for research. You can read the entire address here at The New York Times.
We live in exciting times, and the fact that innovation continues to play an essential role keeps driving me forward in a meaningful way. This is what inspired my book in that innovation is teachable.
It’s time now for the presidential candidates to step up!
On November 7th, 2015, author George Barbee attended his first national book signing at the Sanibel Island Bookshop for his newly published book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators). The event was a success and landed him at the number one spot on their best sellers list.
63 Innovation Nuggets for aspiring innovators – a new book by George Barbee reveals how we (and the organizations we work for) can become more innovative. © 2015 Innovation Etc. Publishing Company
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A new book offers bite-sized chunks of insight into where new ideas come from.
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.
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.
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.
But 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.
PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER, 2015:
Innovation is a subject that fascinates and beguiles us at the same time. It defines individuals as well as companies. And without it companies and individuals are doomed to failure.
Business executive and Faculty Fellow at University of Virginia’s Graduate Business School, George Barbee, has written an illuminating as well as easy to absorb series of ”Innovation Nuggets” that will help any struggling entrepreneur, front line manager, or senior executive gain a fresh perspective on this topic.
Gleaned from his forty-five year career leading innovation with major companies like Gillette, GE, PepsiCo, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for inspiring innovators), will inspire your audience to develop their own innovation talents as well as innovate new products and services.
Thanks for giving this book your consideration. We have marked off special nuggets in each section that we feel are especially useful in today’s marketplace.
We have included George’s contact information on the press release so you can contact him directly for an interview, discussion of a byline article, or to pick his brain on an article you are currently working on or considering. You will find him engaging and prompt in his responses.
Thank you for your time.
Welcome! I am very pleased to announce that “63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators)” is available through Amazon in hardcover (and as an ebook soon)! You can also order a hardcover at Barnes&Noble. The collection of nuggets in this book broaden the concept of innovation from the historically narrow view around new products emanating just from R&D.
My innovative global leadership stretches across consumer products, entrepreneurial financial services, and global professional services, so it’s natural for me to feel that today’s innovation emanates from a diverse array of individuals across a wide range of functional areas including finance, technology, manufacturing, marketing, engineering, and sales. Continue reading