2023's 10 best reads on growth, strategy and innovation

As 2023 draws to a close, as is customary, I’ve revisited every single book in my Kindle library from the past year and picked the standouts.

As 2023 draws to a close, as is customary, I’ve revisited every single book in my Kindle library from the past year and picked the standouts. I know they're the standouts because they're the only ones I finished - life is too short to spend it on crappy reads.

They represent the books I think you and every professional working in corporate growth, strategy, and innovation should be reading in 2024, but to make this list slightly easier to navigate, I've given each a rating so that you can pick the best of the best.

2023's Best Reads on Growth


⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman with Michael Bhaskar

The overlooked societal and business fallouts that will emerge as a result of the advance of artificial intelligence (and what we can do about it).

⭐⭐⭐ Right Kind of Wrong by Amy Edmondson

Why promoting a culture of psychological safety is more important than trying to build a culture of innovation and how it leads to better outcomes.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beijing Rules by Bethany Allen

In-depth analysis and commentary on the policies and strategies that China leverages to dominate and influence on the world's technology industry.

2023's Best Reads on Strategy


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy by Harvard Business Review

A collection of the best articles and essays on Strategy from Harvard Business Review looking at everything from Blue Ocean Strategy to the Five Forces and Balanced Scorecards.  

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lead from the Future by Mark W. Johnson and Josh Suskewicz

How to work 'future-back' by building a systematic process that connects tasks to roadmaps, roadmaps to goals, goals to strategy, strategy to vision and vision to mission.

⭐⭐⭐ Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani

Understand how artificial intelligence will change competitive landscapes and how organisations will leverage it to build stronger business models, faster processes and impenetrable moats.


2023's Best Reads on Innovation


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price by Madhavan Ramanujam and Georg Tacke

A look at why starting with price, willingness to pay experiments and value exchange strategy is the best way to develop breakthrough new ventures, products and services.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Four Workarounds: Strategies From the World's Scrappiest Organizations for Tackling Complex Problems by Paulo Savaget

Get a behind the scenes look at how the world's most agile companies solve problems using unconventional (for corporates) mental models.

⭐⭐⭐ Reverse Innovation by Govindarajan and Trimble

What you can learn about developing products and services for emerging markets and why the constraints they present lead to better products in other geographies.

2023's #1 Read (Not a Book)


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Techno-Optimist Manifesto by Marc Andreessen

A blistering attack on the doom-mongers, naysayers and nihilists that seek to crush innovation - a real reminder of the importance of our work and loving what we do.

We'll be back next week for one final edition, but as we round out the year, we're incredibly grateful to have you as a member of this community.

Next year, we're going to be launching a platform that we hope will help you to extract even more value from not just me and the Future Foundry team, but your peers and counterparts through useful events, resources, forums and thinking.

Thank you for participating, reading, sharing, attending and supporting The Fold in 2023.

Here's to an even better 2024!

P.S. We're aiming to conduct the largest, most comprehensive study on the innovation performance of large companies in 2024 - it'll give an opportunity to benchmark your organisation against 500 others. If you'd like early access, just contact us and let us know.

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