Review: Ten Types of Innovation – The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

5 Star, Change & Innovation
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Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkl, Brian Quinn, Helen Walters

5.0 out of 5 stars  Deep, Broad, Structured, Fundamental Reference for Adult Students and Professionals, May 21, 2013

Another reviewer has laid out the book’s structure. This review builds on that one.

I’ve been a fan of several innovation books, such as The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail and The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth, while also respecting earlier pioneers such as Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. When I got this book my first impression was “too much design” (at first glance it looks like an advanced comic book) but after several passes I now consider this volume perfect — the authors have put an EXTRAORDINARY amount of thinking into going beyond the ten types of innovation (each discussed in its own chapter) to the nuts and bolts of spotting trends, making innovation happen, and keeping innovation alive (often the hardest).

Certainly this book is superb for students in any sector — government, private, non-profit, I’d even suggest the declining labor unions and churches study this book. It has universal value and applicability. It is also a book that is easily sufficient to warrant being in a CEO’s handful of books worth returning to over and over again. At one level this is a textbook, at another level this book, as it is designed, is perfect for recurring reflection.

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