“Making Ideas Happen,” by Scott Belsky: Book Review

making ideas happen, by scott belskyDon’t miss out on your opportunity to win a copy of Tony Hsieh’s new book, “Delivering Happiness.”

In business, one of our biggest hurdles seems to be taking our ideas and turning them into a reality. The challenges are numerous – no time, no energy, no planning, too few resources, an inability to sell your ideas to others, etc. Scott Belsky’s new book, “Making Ideas Happen” (amazon affiliate link) provides all of us with an amazing roadmap for taking your remarkable ideas and moving them from dreams into real-word successes.

Belsky kicks off the book with an interesting premise – ideas are easy to come by, making them happen is the part where most people fail. I’d have to agree for the most part. It seems like coming up with good ideas is easy to do (remarkable ideas are not as easy to come by though). Where most of us seem to get hung up is getting our ideas off the ground. This book gives you a winning formula for overcoming this problem.

There seems to be a million books out there about how to come up with great ideas. One of my favorites is Seth Godin’s “Free Prize Inside” (amazon affiliate link). But most “innovation” books stop at the idea phase of the process. That is what makes this book so special.

Belsky has done the research and met with numerous successful creatives, entrepreneurs and and CEO’s to find out how they use innovation to be successful. He covers everything from how to prioritize and create actions steps that will help move your idea from the ground level to how you can assemble the right team and get them involved in the process. The book is broke down into several key sections:

  • Turing ideas into projects
  • Project management
  • Selling your ideas
  • Building creative teams
  • Leading creative teams
  • Leading yourself (personal discipline)

If you are interested into innovation, an entrepreneur, a CEO, marketer or are in interested in general business development, this is a must read. I absolutely loved this book and has jumped to number two of my “best books of 2010” (a close second to Jason Fried’s Rework).

I will be posting several times this week with some additional insights into “Making Ideas Happen.” Be sure to check back.

In the meantime, what are some of your favorite books about innovation? Have you read Scott’s book? If so, send me a link so I can link to you. Thanks for reading!

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