Edison on Innovation: 102 Lessons in Creativity for Business and Beyond

3.53 avg rating
( 19 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780787994594: Edison on Innovation: 102 Lessons in Creativity for Business and Beyond
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this fascinating exploration of one of the most celebrated and innovative minds, best-selling author Alan Axelrod cuts through the myths and reverence surrounding Edison's "genius" to show how the inventor was, in fact, an ordinary man who created extraordinary work. While many of us believe that creativity, like genius, is something that just happens by chance or destiny, Edison's life demonstrates that creativity of the very highest order can indeed be summoned up at will, and even reduced to a reliable working method and set of principles.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"...an interesting take on creativity..." (Velocity, March 2008)

"Axelrod's book, 'Edison on Inovation: 102 Lessons in Creativity and Beyond, ' casts Edison as a potential mentor for Americans who could use more wattage in the innovation department. Edison's greatness may not be duplicatable. Even so, his methods are easier to adopt than those of say Einstein. That kind of brain power is tricky to emulate." --The Detroit News, March 2008

"In Edison on Innovation, writer Alan Axelrod picks out 102 lessons from the way Edison operated, told through lovely anecdotes drawn from Edison's life, such as his obsession with collecting all manner of materials so that his staff would have anything readily at hand that their experiments might require. The lessons are well known to those who read about innovation but the storytelling makes them vivid. Mr. Axelrod also does his best to give them a special twist, such as 'be skeptical but never cynical' or 'plan for spontaneity.'"--GlobeandMail.com, April 23, 2008

From the Back Cover:

EDISON ON INNOVATION

"There is no question that Edison was and remains the name-brand marquee inventive genius--a 'modern Prometheus' no less or, at the very least, the 'Wizard of Menlo Park.' And that is precisely the problem. Geniuses may create any number of wonderful things, but otherwise they're really of no use to the rest of us--the non-geniuses."--From the Preface

But what if Edison was no genius? What if he just acted like one? And what if we all could follow his example?

In this fascinating exploration of one of the most celebrated and innovative minds, best-selling author Alan Axelrod cuts through the myths and reverence surrounding Edison's "genius" to show how the inventor was, in fact, an ordinary man who created extraordinary work. While many of us believe that creativity, like genius, is something that just happens by chance or destiny, Edison's life demonstrates that creativity of the very highest order can indeed be summoned up at will, and even reduced to a reliable working method and set of principles.

In contrast to many creative prodigies, Edison worked by "open" methods, making his processes relatively easy to study and emulate. Using Edison's own diaries, papers, and modern studies of his work, Axelrod draws out time-tested principles that can be applied by even the least creative among us. Edison on Innovation presents 102 key lessons, including

  • Experiment with everything
  • Embrace problems
  • Start small, scale up
  • Innovate without inventing
  • Learn the market
  • Create new uses for whatever you have
  • Plan for spontaneity
  • Make the problem the solution

Edison on Innovation serves as a revelation to anyone who needs or wants to be creative on demand and for anyone whose business requires the continual creation of new ideas and the practical realization of the best of them.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9788126519576: Edison On Innovation: 102 Lessons In Creativity For Business & Beyond [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2009] Alan Axelrod

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 8126519576 ISBN 13: 9788126519576
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Axelrod, Alan
Published by Brand: Jossey-Bass (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Brand: Jossey-Bass, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0787994596_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Alan Axelrod
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. 1. Auflage. Language: English. Brand new Book. In this fascinating exploration of one of the most celebrated and innovative minds, best-selling author Alan Axelrod cuts through the myths and reverence surrounding Edison's "genius" to show how the inventor was, in fact, an ordinary man who created extraordinary work. While many of us believe that creativity, like genius, is something that just happens by chance or destiny, Edison's life demonstrates that creativity of the very highest order can indeed be summoned up at will, and even reduced to a reliable working method and set of principles. Seller Inventory # AAH9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Alan Axelrod
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. 1. Auflage. Language: English. Brand new Book. In this fascinating exploration of one of the most celebrated and innovative minds, best-selling author Alan Axelrod cuts through the myths and reverence surrounding Edison's "genius" to show how the inventor was, in fact, an ordinary man who created extraordinary work. While many of us believe that creativity, like genius, is something that just happens by chance or destiny, Edison's life demonstrates that creativity of the very highest order can indeed be summoned up at will, and even reduced to a reliable working method and set of principles. Seller Inventory # AAH9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Alan Axelrod
Published by Jossey-Bass (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Jossey-Bass, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0787994596

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Axelrod, Alan
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 4411019-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Alan Axelrod
Published by Jossey-Bass (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Jossey-Bass, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB011SK4YZW

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.63
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Alan Axelrod
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Wiley & Sons Inc. Hardback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Alan Axelrod
Published by John Wiley and#38; Sons (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Wiley and#38; Sons, 2008. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # FW-9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Alan Axelrod
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description John Wiley & Sons Inc, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. 1. Auflage. Language: English. Brand new Book. In this fascinating exploration of one of the most celebrated and innovative minds, best-selling author Alan Axelrod cuts through the myths and reverence surrounding Edison's "genius" to show how the inventor was, in fact, an ordinary man who created extraordinary work. While many of us believe that creativity, like genius, is something that just happens by chance or destiny, Edison's life demonstrates that creativity of the very highest order can indeed be summoned up at will, and even reduced to a reliable working method and set of principles. Seller Inventory # LIE9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
19.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Alan Axelrod
Published by Wiley 2008-03-11, San Francisco, Calif. :|[Chichester (2008)
ISBN 10: 0787994596 ISBN 13: 9780787994594
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Wiley 2008-03-11, San Francisco, Calif. :|[Chichester, 2008. hardback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780787994594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book