MTIP Book Club

Each month Montana Innovation Partnership recommends a book. These books are recommended to all people that want to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. If you have a book that other innovators would benefit from reading let us know.

April 2021 – Think Again by Adam Grant Adam Grant “examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life. Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn.”

March 2021 – Get Backed by Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr Get Backed isn’t just about startup fundraising. It’s a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground. In Get Backed, they show you exactly what they and dozens of others did to raise money–even the mistakes they made–uncovering the secrets of the world’s best storytellers, fundraisers, and startup accelerators

February 2021 – Build the Fort by Chris Heivly In Build the Fort, Chris Heivly, co-founder of MapQuest, outlines five basic elements that are common to both fort-building and startups: 1.Socializing Your Idea without fear or inhibition 2.Identifying and Marshaling the People You Trust 3.Gathering the Minimal Resources Closest To You 4.Acting on the Smallest and Simplest of the Idea 5.Build the Fort

January 2021 – Decoding the New Consumer Mind by Kit Yarrow – Kit Yarrow illuminates the impact of three major socio-cultural shifts on the psychology of shoppers and describes four strategic adjustments that businesses need to make to succeed and connect with today’s transformed consumer.

December 2020 – The Innovators Spirit by Chuck Swoboda – Chuck Swoboda explains that innovation is fundamentally about people and shows his readers how to develop a mindset of creativity, risk-taking, and hard work. He also instills in them a belief that there is always a better way.”

November 2020 – Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol – In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life—whether it’s landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. 

October 2020 – Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely – Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They’re systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.

September 202 – Loonshots by Safi Bachall – Bahcall, shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing new ideas to rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice

August 2020 – The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan – Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

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