Here are a shortlist of the books that mean the most to me. The links go directly to Amazon.com, and I will earn a small commission if you choose to buy the books by following the links. Your support is appreciated, it helps me to keep this site going.
“Looking forward” reading list
I am currently reading up on forecasting and looking forward. Not because I want to foresee the next pandemic. I have been studying and developing my future orientation for some time now.
I am currently reading:
Seeing Around Corners. How to spot inflection points in business before they happen. By Rita McGrath.
I bought this book because it has a foreword by Clayton Christensen (who recently passed away). Christensen’s work has had a profound effect on my own thinking around innovation, creating the future and change. Anybody endorsed by him must have something important to say. The preview on Amazon convinced me that I absolutely had to get this book.
I have read once fast and will now study:
Superforecasting. The are and science of prediction. by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner.
Philip Tetlock is the master of superforecasting and listening to several podcasts with him convinced me that he is the right person to follow. A quick search of him speaking will most likely convince you too.
Books that made a deep impression on me:
Seeing What’s Next. Using the theories of innovation to predict industry change. by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott. D. Anthony and Erik. A. Roth.
Although this book was already published in 2004, it felt very relevant as I read it a year ago. It offers a great summary and some further development of Christensen’s earlier work published in the innovator’s dilemma and the innovator’s solution. Already in the first chapter, he plunges into the signals of change!
Books I must still read
I love the books of Steven Johnson. On my unread shelf, I have a copy of Farsighted. How we make the Decisions that Matter the Most by Stephen Johnson.
The decision support and Sense-Making reading list:
Of all the books in my shelf on this topic, the two that I recommend most often are:
Managing the Unexpected. Sustained Performance in a Complex World. By Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe.
Just looking at the table of contents will give you an idea of what this book is about. The authors explore five principles that I have used almost daily in my coaching and decision support work.
Seeing What Others Don’t. The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. By Gary Klein.
This is the book that really explained to me what it is to make sense, and what it takes for teams and leaders to become better at gaining insight. Klein’s book will also introduce you to the topic of naturalistic decision making.
The Managing Innovation reading list:
I am currently reading:
Dual Transformation. How to reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future. This book is by Scott D. Anthony, Clark G. Gilbert and Mark W. Johnson.Scott Anthony is one of my favourite authors on innovation. He is also famous for his little black book on innovation. I like this book because it explains how leaders must maintain and strengthen their existing core while building potential new cores. Now for anybody that has actually tried to figure out what their current core capability is, this book is a must. I found that many leaders that I speak to actually have little idea about their current core competence, nevermind having any framework that they can use to develop a promising new core.
If there is enough interest in this page, then I will also share my reading lists on change management, organisational design, knowledge management and technological change. Let me know if which books you have read, which you think I have missed.