Futurist and business innovation expert Trond Arne Undheim uses his knowledge to show how to build a successful and multi-faceted innovation portfolio whether you're an individual or as a part of a company. This book is helpfully divided into chapters which then have their own sub-sections in order to cover every aspect of Undheim's perspective.
Starting from working with start-ups to developing innovation portfolios, lab scouts and corporate venturing, innovation secrets from MIT, serial entrepreneurs, why startups fail and whether they can be rescued, this is a comprehensive walk-through for anyone interested in business innovation. The list of topics above aren't all that's covered in this book, and Undheim also uses his own experiences as examples to offer a more detailed insight. There's a lot of information to take away and I liked that the set up allowed you to easily flick back to the points that are of interest to you. There's also references and footnotes throughout in order to offer further reading opportunities.
I think that this book could be helpful for business owners looking to change or adapt but are unsure of the best way forward. I think Disruption Games could also be interesting for entrepreneurs looking to put their ideas into action. The main argument I personally took away from Disruption Games is that failure is ok as it offers opportunities to learn and do better (as long as you take the lessons and act on them). In order to progress with anything, it's vital to try something new, learn from it and keep going. At the end of each chapter, there's a box of 'Key Takeaways & Reflections' which encourages you to apply the lessons covered to your situation. I personally liked this as it allowed me to check my understanding of each chapter and also get a sense of why each section is included in the book. I was provided with the information, then given an insight into how that information could be applied.
I think that this book is especially useful at the moment when the world is changing more drastically than we would have ever imagined in such a short space of time. Undheim's expertise shows that focusing on innovation, development and growth is essential among people and businesses, now probably more than ever. In all, Disruption Games explains in detail a variety of ways that you can make the most out of your ideas in order to build a portfolio that will help you be successful while learning lessons for the future.
Common wisdom says that success breeds success, and indeed this is how most VCs pick startups, businesses select talent, and singles search for dates. In contrast, the evidence from science to startups shows that only repeated failure breeds success.
In Disruption Games, MIT’s Trond Undheim reveals how companies (and individuals) can build a successful, multi-faceted innovation portfolio and may experience deep learning from failed initiatives.
Over the next few years, successfully managing failure will become a necessary growth strategy for any individual, firm or collective. Are you prepared?
Disruption Games fulfills the need for actionable insight on what’s truly driving change and how to become a change-maker, not just be affected by it.
Trond Arne Undheim is a futurist, speaker, entrepreneur and former director of MIT Startup Exchange, based outside of Boston. He is the CEO and cofounder of Yegii, a search engine for industry professionals, providing collective intelligence.
He holds a PhD on the future of work and artificial intelligence and cognition. He has accelerated four unicorns and helped launch over 50 startups. A former MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer, WPP and Oracle executive and EU National Expert, he writes for Fortune and Cognoscenti, and has been featured in print media and television. His next book will be on the future of technology.
|Publication date:||1st May 2020|
|Author:||Trond Arne Undheim|
|Primary Genre||Business and Management|