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Book Review – The Innovation Handbook by Adam Jolly

In Non-Fiction Writing on May 1, 2011 at 13:42

The Innovation Handbook: How to Profit from Your Ideas, Intellectual Property and Market KnowledgeTaking a different stance to some innovation books that are in the marketplace, Adam Jolly had pulled together a handbook of some stature to demonstrate how it is possible to profits from your ideas, knowledge and intellectual property.

The concept of a Knowledge-Based economy is one that will pull us out of the current economic difficulties if you listen to our politicians. It is difficult however to visualise how an individual or organisation can take an intangible such as an idea, and use it to create a product that will provide financial profit. Add to that the belief that there are commercial vultures waiting to swoop in and take that idea from you before you can claim it as your own, and you have the basis of a real problem that needs to be solved.

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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?”

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Book Review – The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

In Non-Fiction Writing, Uncategorized on March 27, 2011 at 14:45

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

In the world of self-promotion, Tim Ferriss is a phenomenon and a legend. In the world of working lifestyle change, he is one of the beacons of the alternative working lifestyle movement. Most of us will have heard of his blog and book “The 4-hour Work Week” and thought that there was a catch. And maybe there is. But the catch is that you have to get out of the comfortable rut that we all find ourselves in, and try something new in the hope that it will chance your life.

The book is derived from the successful blog of the same name, and is grouped into four main areas:

Definition – Where you reset your lifestyle choices, and decide what you really want to do.

Elimination – Where the non-productive aspects of your life are removed so that you can focus on the important stuff.

Automation – Where the boring (but important stuff) is outsourced so that you concentrate on the interesting stuff.

Liberation – Where you finally make the leap into a new lifestyle.

The book is a series of mini-examples which guide you through the process of changing from living to work, to working to live. This is a book that can give you a new lease of life that ultimately benefits you and the people around you. The challenge is not what you need to do to maintain a 4-hour lifestyle, rather the courage you need to make that leap from a comfortable 8-hour/day routine. This is the book that might just change your life and make it happen.

Go on and do it, because you might find it actually works!

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Book Review – Better, Stronger, Faster, by Brad Rosser

In Non-Fiction Writing, Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 12:51

As a former Corporate Development Executive of the Virgin Group reporting directly to Sir Richard Branson, Brad Rosser has worked with some of the best people aiming to find and develop new markets for the Virgin Group.

His book Better, Stronger, Faster: Build it, Scale it, Flog it – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success in Business is his attempt at using his experience to demystify the secrets of the entrepreneur. He also aims to provide insight to markets and to develop skills and confidence so that you can use this book to enhance your own business.  I got the impression that Brad wanted to make this book more than the usual ‘How-To’ book on starting and running your own business.

For a start one major impression I got from the book was the energy, drive and enthusiasm that he has for the subject. For most people a list of career positions in a book like this spells instant boredom, but in Mr Rosser’s hand it seems to make the book come alive. There is the time that he spent with Alan Bond, himself a successful entrepreneur and understanding that part of winning is knowing when to quit.

The three themes of the book, Build It, Scale It, Flog It allow the reader to go through all of the major processes that successful startups need to go through – from having the idea, to financing it and then making it all work in the more practical world. There are many examples throughout the book from Brad’s working life, with Virgin, Orange and others that put the theory proposed into some sort of context that most of us can understand.

This is a book that is not like all of the other startup books that I have read. There is an incredible amount of positive energy associated with this book. It tries to make successful entrepreneur-ship accessible, believeable and put in a way that most of us can appreciate. For a budding Richard Branson this is not a bad book to start with.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

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