Will Roney

Book Review – Open Innovation Revolution by Stefan Lindegaard

In Non-Fiction Writing on April 27, 2011 at 19:03

The Open Innovation Revolution: Essentials, Roadblocks, and Leadership Skills

Innovation is a key skill in business these days. The old business models are struggling in the face of the energy, flexibility and persistence of the internet so companies have to change to survive.

Stefan Lindegaard is a one-man advert for innovation. He has written his book “Open Innovation Revolution” with the aim of answering that single question “What do you do if you are a company that wants to keep things the way they’ve always been, but recognise that innovation has to occur?”

The key to the answer is to maintain practicality. There is no sense in prescribing a set of processes that is too detailed and impractical to follow. “Open Innovation Revolution”. Another fundamental is the need to involve people in your decision making process. You may even get ideas from your competitors, but if the arrangement is mutually beneficial this may not be a problem.

Mr Lindegaard’s book is split into three main parts – The Essentials, Roadblocks and Personal Leadership. There are 17 chapters spread over these chapters, arranged in a logical and easy to understand manner. I particularly like the way that there is a re-cap at the end of each chapter to serve as a checklist for things that you might have forgotten. And even if you forget that, there is one final chapter bringing all the bullet points together.

But the nuggets hidden inside this book are the practical examples from companies such as Hewlett Packard and Dell, and realising that innovation is about people working better, harder and more effectively together in order to achieve an aim that might be outside your normal pattern of business. This is a very useful book on innovation that shouldn’t be ignored by anyone who has an interest in this important subject.

Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!


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