John Kao's Pocket Primers

John Kao’s recent book, Innovation Nation, has been garnering media attention, but Kao’s self-published how-to booklets on innovation are also a must-read. And they’re harder to find, as Kao hands out the neon-hued, pocket-sized publications in person only. His Innovation Manifesto outlines 20 statements such as “innovation is connected to how you treat your people,” meant to provoke managerial debates…and action. Kao — a medical doctor, former Harvard B-School and MIT Media Lab professor, and movie producer (among many other roles!) — also hands out a Transformation Manifesto to help companies spur change from within. His latest booklet, a Facilitation Manifesto, is meant to help benchmark and track innovation progress. I recently got a set from Kao after meeting in New York. And I’m looking forward to more in the series.

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