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Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of in a Global Economy
by Judy Estrin (Hardcover - Aug 13, 2008). McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 13, 2008).
Innovation does not occur in a vacuum. It grows from the interplay of three drivers of creative change--research, development, and application. Estrin calls this dynamic the “Innovation Ecosystem,” explaining how these communities work together to create sustainable innovation. More information  

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (Recipes: a Problem-Solution Ap) by Jessica Livingston (Paperback - Sep 15, 2008). Apress; 1 edition (September 15, 2008).
For would–be entrepreneurs, innovation managers or just anyone fascinated by the special chemistry and drive that created some of the best technology companies in the world, this book offers both wisdom and engaging insights—straight from the source. More information 

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition by David Bornstein (Paperback - Sep 17, 2007). Oxford University Press, USA; Updated edition (September 17, 2007).
The social entrepreneurs chronicled in this book are part of the vital generation of independent, creative leaders. More information 

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute and The Arbinger Institute (Hardcover - Jan 15, 2000) – Illustrated. Berrett-Koehler Publishers (January 15, 2000).
Learning how the process of self-deception works--and how to avoid it and stay in touch with our innate sense of what's right--is at the heart of the book. More information

Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, James Womack, and Daniel Jones (Hardcover - Jun 10, 2003). Free Press; 2 edition (June 10, 2003).
All businesses must define the "value" that they produce as the product that best suits customer needs. The leaders must then identify and clarify the "value stream," the nexus of actions to bring the product through problems solving, information management, and physical transformation tasks. Next, "lean enterprise" lines up suppliers with this value stream. "Flow" traces the product across departments. "Pull" then activates the flow as the business re-orients towards the pull of the customer's needs. Finally, with the company reengineered towards its core value in a flow process, the business re-orients towards "perfection," rooting out all the remaining muda (Japanese for "waste") in the system. More information 

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children by John Wood (Paperback - Sep 4, 2007). Collins Business; 1 edition (September 4, 2007).
It's a rare business book that not only provides savvy insights for better business practices but transcends the category altogether, to rank as an infectiously inspiring read. More information 

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker (Hardcover - Feb 15, 2005). Collins Business (February 15, 2005).
A witty pep talk for wealth-seekers is delivered by someone who's still amazed he's a millionaire. More information 

Start Your Own Business (Start Your Own) by Rieva Lesonsky (Paperback - Mar 7, 2007). Entrepreneur Press; 4 edition (March 7, 2007).
Author Rieva Lesonsky and the staff of Entrepreneur Magazine put together the book which starts with "Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?" and goes on to starting versus buying, choosing the name attracting investors, hiring employees, location, loans, image, leasing versus buying equipment, choosing a phone system, learning from failure - all the nitty-gritty stuff, plus some long-term thinking. More information 

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki (Hardcover - Sep 9, 2004). Portfolio Hardcover; 1 edition (September 9, 2004).
The Art of the Start will give you the essential steps to launch great products, services, and companies—whether you are dreaming of starting the next Microsoft or a not-for-profit that’s going to change the world. More information 

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen (Hardcover - Aug 1, 2002). Harvard Business School Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2002).
The essence of Kotter's message is this: the reason so many change initiatives fail is that they rely too much on "data gathering, analysis, report writing, and presentations" instead of a more creative approach aimed at grabbing the "feelings that motivate useful action." In The Heart of Change, Kotter, with the help of Dan Cohen, a partner at Deloitte Consulting, shows how his eight-step approach has worked at over 100 organizations. In just about every case, change happened because the players were led to "see" and "feel" the change. More information 

The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur by Mary Kay Ash (Hardcover - Jul 8, 2008). Wiley (July 8, 2008).
The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur is back in print and updated to reflect developments in today’s business environment for the modern entrepreneur. You will find inspiration and real, proven success principles that represents the forty-five year old success story of Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay, Inc., the cosmetics company that provides women with unlimited opportunities for success. A foreword by Mary Kay’s grandson, also a company executive, introduces her timeless guide to entrepreneurial success. More information 


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