- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: BIS; 01 edition (18 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9063693133
- ISBN-13: 978-9063693138
- Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Innovation Expedition: A Visual Toolkit to Start Innovation Paperback – 18 Jul 2013
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Innovation is highly relevant to every organization. Yet, eighty percent of innovation projects never reach the market. Many have a false start. The Innovation Expedition is written to inspire you with practical tools on HOW to start innovation effectively. It gives you practical and visual tools.
The remarkable stories of how great explorers overcame unexpected setbacks will inspire you. How Columbus discovered America, how Hillary reached the summit of Everest and how Neil Armstrong got to be the first man on the Moon. With 240 pages full of exploration stories, quotes, charts, cases, checklists, formats and innovation maps, 'The Innovation Expedition' is an inspiring visual toolkit to start innovation successfully. It's written for innovators: managers, consultants, entrepreneurs and organization leaders.
Gijs van Wulfen, the founder of the FORTH innovation method, was chosen in 2012 by LinkedIn as one of the 150 thought leaders and was listed on the International Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012.
AMAZON.COM on "The Innovation Expedition":
The Innovation Expedition does for innovation what Alexander Osterwalders mega bestseller Business Model Generation did for business modelling: it makes a complicated business subject very accessible by telling the story in a visual way and by presenting a method that is tested and works!
About the Author
Gijs van Wulfen is a recognised authority and worldwide keynote speaker on innovation. He is a LinkedIn Influencer and best-seller-author with 300,000+ followers, one of the leading authorities worldwide. His book The Innovation Maze was awarded Management Book of the Year 2017 in the Netherlands. In 2016 Gijs came second in the international Top 40 Innovation Bloggers.
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My only gripe I have is the repetitive nature of some of the early segments of the book and with some of the design aspects of the graphics and photography used which rather than elevating the subject matter in my imagination actually detracted in places from key messaging.
It is written an illustrated on a level which I have never seen, and since I got it has helped me in several project.
As an expedition leader on my own journey I am now pleased to have a map to guide me....Thanks Gijs
Best regards and very thankful.
A book you must read many many times. It should always be with you whenever and wherever you are.
In this volume, Gijs van Wulfen provides a brilliant analysis of what he has learned from Amundsen, Armstrong, Columbus, Edmund Hilary, and Magellan. When doing so, he frames much of the material within the FORTH Innovation Method, a 20-week expedition previously introduced and explained in Creating Innovative Products and Services, another of van Wulfen's books that I also highly recommend. Here is my take on the essence of this method:
Full steam ahead (Five Weeks): Begin the process with passion and determination...and meticulous preparation
Observe & Learn (Six Weeks): Assume nothing, be curious about and alert to everything
Raise/Generate) ideas (Two Weeks): Consider all possibilities without pre-judgment, scrutinize with progressive rigor
Test/Refine/Validate) ideas (Three Weeks): Obtain candid feedback from as many relevant constituencies as possible
Homecoming (Four Weeks): Team members complete the expedition process and introduce the results of their efforts
All of this is explained in detail within the narrative (Pages 68-73)
These are among the dozens of business subjects and issues of special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of van Wulfen's coverage.
o Ten Innovation Lessons (Page 46)
o 21 Situations When You Should Not Innovate (50)
o 6 Ways of Committing Innovation Suicide (52)
o 40 Reasons Why People Struggle with Innovation (54)
o 10 reasons to Innovate (60)
o 10 Problems at the Start of Innovation (62)
o The FORTH Innovation Method (68-73)
o The Perfect Innovation Team (88-89)
o It's All About the Right Moment (92)
o Thinking Like a Designer (100-101)
o 10 Enemies of an Open Innovation Culture (114)
o 11 Brilliant Inventions Made by Mistake (128)
o 25 Rules for Perfect Brainstorming (154)
o 30 Ways to Present a New Idea (192)
o New Rules for Realizing New Ideas (206)
o The Innovation Toolkit (218-240)
Readers will also appreciate the provision of five mini-profiles:
o The Origin of Harley Davidson Motorcycles (100-101)
o The Origin of Wii and Super Mario (130-133)
o The Origin of Ben & Jerry's (156-157)
o The Origin of Twitter (178-179)
o The Origin of "Liter of Light" (200)
When re-reading this book prior to composing a review of it, I was struck again by the fact that reading this book is itself a expedition, and, that Gijs van Wulfen serves the reader in several different ways: as a travel agent during the pre-start phase; then as a guide, mentor, instructor, facilitator, evaluator, and eventually as the owner/proprietor of a "hardware store" that offers is a full range of resources (tools, manuals, techniques repair service, and expert advice) during the final phase of the reader's expedition.
My own experience during more years than I wish to acknowledge is that the most challenging phase of any process by which to establish and then sustain a culture of innovation is - by far - the first. With all due respect to the abundance of material provided in this book, the success or failure of your expedition will be determined almost entirely by the nature and extent of your ability and determination to execute effectively what you learn.
Before concluding the brief commentary, I also want to say that -- in my opinion -- the illustrations in this book are among those of the highest quality that I have yet encountered in a work of non-fiction. Heartiest congratulations to Frederik de Wal for graphic design and typography. Also, readers will be pleased to know that there are Quick Response (QR) Code kinks inserted throughout the narrative that provide direct access to a wealth of valuable resources, such as various innovation maps and 20 practical checklists and formats to innovate the expedition way.
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Those who share my high regard for this book may wish to check out these three volumes that examine another expedition from which valuable business lessons can also be learned:
Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition (Second Edition)
Dennis N.T. Perkins with Margaret P. Holtman and Jillian B Murphy
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
I congratulate the author for the extraordinary book, wishing that his work keeps being recognized and, primarily, used to improve creativity and innovation.
A great tool for starters and young creatives, motivates it's use and application, but also a good companion for the experienced with several games, examples and ice breakers.
Can't wait to see Part. 2 of the saga.
This book containing 37 techniques and tools for managers, consultants, entrepreneurs and organization leaders to use in projects at the start of innovation.
A lot of professionals in Latin America are looking and using these tools.
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