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Business Innovation : A Little Book of  Big Ideas (1st Edition) by [Whiteley, Nick]
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  • Language: English
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If you start a book by criticising other works for being too verbose, you'd better be sure your own writing style is on the money. In this case, it's not.
It's all very well stating that this is a book of ideas, but innovation isn't really about ideas: it's about implementing them. Here we see hackneyed assertions (there are references to a 31-year-old innovation framework) and meaningless statements: "competition is becoming asymmetric": Was competition ever fair? What would symmetrical competition look like?
There are disjointed statements and self-contradictions throughout. For example, we're told on the one hand that a big idea should be timeless and not confined to a particular technology, then in the same paragraph we get an example of a big idea defined by its technology.
The section on "self disrupt or self destruct" should be the most interesting but it's littered with clichés and provides no insight.
Of course books on innovation don't themselves have to be innovative. But this book is full of ideas you'll have read elsewhere, although it's hard to remember where as they're seldom credited.
If you are looking for something new, this book is unlikely to provide the answer. The best idea comes in the preface, that the Total Cost of Ownership of a book is its cost plus the cost of your time to read it. On that basis I think you should save yourselves a lot of cash and read some business blogs instead.
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I really enjoyed this book. Why? I found it really easy to read, written in short chapters in keeping with the author's idea of a book that nobody has an excuse not to read.
I was engaged from page 1 because the topics cover real everyday things that we all deal with in business. The great thing is the chapters offer concise ideas and thoughts...there's no waffle here just some useful views and food for thought.
I've never used the `highlight' function of my eBook reader until now, but throughout the book I found myself logging notes for future reference.
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Inspirational reading written by someone who has obviously had a lot of experience in business. There are some useful tips given.
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This book delivered what it promised. Good straightforward ideas on how to innovate. The section on staying above the automation line was particularly good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A business innovation in itself 15 Nov. 2012
By Lark Spring - Published on Amazon.com
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"The world is no longer subject to top down direction, but bottom up choice and freedom," says the author of this Kindle ebook on innovation in business. This statement seems to me to be particularly relevant to the publishing revolution created by Amazon with its Kindle, of which this ebook is an excellent product example. This ebook is all about the people in business today and the importance of enhancing their individuality and creativity. With new technology and media, the faceless corporation must give way to a more personalized approach in business if it is to survive.

There is a lot to read and ponder in this ebook, but the author hopes to give value for money. Interestingly, an innovation of his in this regard is to consider value from a cost per reading-hour stance. He points out that weighty tomes don't give value if it takes hours to plough through them for little information. The author has borne his own words in mind when giving us an extremely interesting read full of new ways of looking at business. "Remove everything that doesn't add value," he advises, "and simplify everything else."

For too long have business and economics been dense with jargon, making what should be a simple process seem impenetrable to customers and business people alike. This Kindle ebook is no less than a revolution in itself, if a small one. The author refers to it as 'short,' but it's long enough to get its very pertinent points across and to help us make sense of a whole new business model. I would recommend it to anyone interested in companies, how they work and how they should work, whether business insider or customer. In fact, I think that it has much to offer our whole lives, not just the business end of them.
4.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all 4 Sept. 2013
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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Short and condensed book. Great resume of your must and must not do at work on a daily basis.
In summary, you won't regret of reading this book
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby Loves It 15 Oct. 2013
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Great book -- good tactics to apply in real life. He says he can use this at work and at home!
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