Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Orbit Shifting Innovation by Rajiv Narang and Devika Devaiah

Orbit-shifting innovation happens when an area that needs transformation meets an innovator with the will and the desire to create, and not follow, history.  At the heart of every orbit-shifting innovation is the breakthrough that achieves a transformative impact.

Business, social enterprises and even governments need orbit-shifting ideas to create a transformative impact.  But how does that groundbreaking idea come about, and what translates it into actuality?  Charting the vast global landscape of orbit-shifting innovation and using unique examples from prominent businesses, the social sector, entrepreneurs and public services -- spread across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and Asia -- the authors build insight into the key drivers behind taking on a transformative challenge and provide a unique framework to navigate the pitfalls and challenges in making it happen.

Orbit-Shifting Innovation empowers everyone to overcome the obstacles to innovation and provides the tools to maximize the impact of transformative change.  The inspirational examples and tools for success compel leaders and entrepreneurs not only to pursue impossible challenges but to lead the successful journey from conception of an orbit-shifting idea to actually creating history.

Received for review.

This is an incredibly dense book that reads more like a textbook so if you're expecting light, motivational business ideas this is not for you.  It is also unfortunately printed in rather small text which is packed onto the page with very small margins which can quickly lead to a loss of focus for the reader.  Thankfully the chapters are split into smaller sections so it is relatively easy to find your place again when you pause and then pick the book back up.

If you ignore the book's physical shortcomings this is a very thought provoking discussion of innovation and what it means for people and business.  It covers topics ranging from healthcare to technology and provides numerous examples of innovation in the world.

If you can keep your focus through the many challenges to reading that this book presents it's really a very good read and well worth the time investment.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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