Suggested Reading

The books below cross a range of topics associated with innovation, improvement, management, organisation and thinking.  They are listed in no particular order and some are technical and some tell a story.  

You will find ideas in them that align and ideas that contradict.  This is part of the creative tension that underpins innovation and improvement; be curious and see what resonates with you.

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 Title Author ISBN
 The Machine That Changed The World James P Womack, Daniel T Jones, Daniel Roos   1847370551
Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center's Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience  Charles Kenney  1563273756
Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos Donald J. Wheeler 0945320531
Getting Things Done, the art of stress-free productivity David Allen 0349408947
Creative People Must Be Stopped - 6 ways we kill innovation (without even trying) David A. Owens 1118002903
Systems Thinking in the Public Sector - the failure to reform regime... and a manifesto for a better way John Seddon 0955008182
The Fifth Discipline - The art and practice of the learning organisation Peter M. Senge 1905211201
The Lean Turnaround - how business leaders use Lean Principles to create value and transform their company Art Byrne 0071800670
Black Box Thinking - marginal gains and the secrets of high performance Matthew Syed 1473613809
Good to Great Jim Collins 0712676090
The Toyota Way to Service Excellence Jeffrey K. Liker 1259641104
Fumbling the Future - How Xerox invented, then ignored, the first personal computer Douglas K. Smith & Robert C. Alexander 1583482660