I just finished reading “Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win”, by William C. Taylor and Polly G. LaBarre. It’s about how organizations of varying sizes still manage to innovate. The authors are very good at identifying trends and common elements, and end several sections of the book with simple lists that summarize what they’ve found. It strikes me as a book I’ll read again, months from now, just to be sure it all sunk in.
The best part was the variety of companies they profile, including Pixar, Cranium (the board game makers), a construction company, a financial services company, Weiden and Kennedy here in Portland, Cirque du Soleil, and more. What do all these companies have in common? Read the book to find out!