Innovation is arguably one of the hottest business topics of the decade. Hundreds of business books are published each year focused on some aspect of innovation. With so many reads and other resources out there, how do you sort through what will really make a difference for your work, employees, and business?

2018 is about half over, but there are some great innovation books to add to your reading list for the year. Here are my recommendations:

Verizon Untethered by Ivan Seidenberg & Scott McMurray

History of Verizon with insights from global leadership guru Ram Charan. Many leadership principles tied to innovation and transformation.

The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World by Sunnie Giles

Highlights the revolutionary transformation occurring in business and shares research on leadership with implications for "radical" innovation.

Innovation Nation: The Hidden Truth of How the Government Drives Change by Taylor Fitzgerald

A unique view of how the U.S. government helped spawn the greatest innovations of the past century. The book challenges the idea that "Federal innovation" is an oxymoron.

Boom! Deciphering Innovation: How Disruption Drives Companies to Transform or Die by Lisa Hendrickson and Jim Colwick

Outlines the disruptive landscape, nature of innovation, and how leaders can drive innovation and transformation. Provides strategies for making companies "future-ready."

Sustainable Growth and Profits: Managing Your Innovation Strategy, Organization, and Initiatives by Magnus Penker

Argues that successful innovations happen in clusters and are manage side-by-side versus in isolation within organizations. The goal is to create and manage a balanced portfolio of strategic initiatives.

Fluid: How Culture, Hidden Opportunities, and Flatter Structures Lead to Profitable Innovation by Najeeb Khan

Highlights the changing nature of competition, starting with a historical view of how the Mongol Dynasty innovated to create its empire.

The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth by Michael Ballé, Daniel Jones & Jacques Chaize

Outlines how "lean" can be adopted to drive strategy, including how to engage employees in innovating within their own jobs and work processes.

Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World by Melissa A. Schilling

Outlines the science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses who change the world, from Marie Curie to Elon Musk.


Innovation is about constant learning. Pick up these books to jump-start your brain, and your innovation process.

Published on: May 21, 2018