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.

Innovation and Growth: “Darden Ideas to Action” features Barbee’s new book, 63 Innovation Nuggets

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Darden Ideas to Action,” a valuable thought leadership publication featuring University of Virginia Darden School of Business faculty research, analysis and commentary, has included excerpts from 63 Innovation Nuggets in its newest article, Active Innovation Leadership: What if Your Organization Isn’t Loaded With Geniuses Like Steve Jobs?.

Barbee states, “I was inspired to write 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) because throughout my career I observed many different people who could stretch themselves beyond their self-perceived limitations and attain a far greater level of innovation than they initially thought they could.” So even if you are not Steve Jobs, you can still learn to be more innovative with the right tools. For example, learning how to observe and learning how to transfer what you have observed or learned is key to becoming more innovative—and we can all achieve that with determination and practice.

The full text of both “Observing as an Art” (which is Nugget No. 19) and “Transferring Innovations” (Nugget No. 23) are included in the article. For more innovative nuggets, you can order Barbee’s book on Amazon or read more about it here.

 

President stresses “innovation” in State of the Union.

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!

Record-setting national introduction book signing on Sanibel

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.

Bestseller List

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

A new book offers bite-sized chunks of insight into where new ideas come from.

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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.

 

63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators)

63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) by George Barbee
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