Here at Eloquens we love the smell of a freshly cracked open new book. Especially when that book promises to leave us smarter, hungrier and more emboldened for success. And now it’s that time of year again when we at Eloquens put together a short list of the books we are most excited to get our hands on in the coming 12 months.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
This new book from Wharton school whizz-kid (OK he’s thirty-four, but he’s still the youngest tenured Wharton professor ever) Adam Grant is sure to leave you with a new zest for innovation. After a year in which ‘disruptive’ seemed to become the most used –and abused– word, this book will inject a new energy into the discussion around business innovation. In Originals, Grant discusses the importance of non-conformists in the creation of our future, both in business and for the World.
The Industries of the Future
Also out in February, The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross is another book that has it’s eye firmly on the future and how it is shaped. In this book, the mood is more predictive, discussing the way technological and social developments will change our world forever. Ross was Innovation Adviser to Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, so we look forward to taking a look at the future through his eyes.
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
The intriguingly-titled Sprint is the latest management offering from the Google stable. Authored by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz of Google Ventures, this new book offers various tips and heuristics for solving problems and testing new ideas in a very short time window. Not every industry is assailed by the same kind of time pressures faced by Silicon Valley, but it will certainly be a valuable look inside the way some of the sharpest minds deal with knotty strategy issues.
The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation
OK. Yes, this book might be the number one seller in the Astronautics and Space Flight category, but at it’s heart is a story about how talented teams, bold leaders and state of the art innovation can work wonders. The Right Kind of Crazy is the wonderful story of how NASA landed a 2000 pound rover on Mars. If this book doesn’t leave us wanting to think bigger then we’ll be amazed!
What books are you looking forward to in 2016? Let us know if we missed anything via Twitter.