“Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization” is a compelling read that argues creativity should not be relegated to specific departments or ‘innovation labs’ but must be a pervasive culture across the entire organization. The book posits that innovative thinking is not an extraordinary act but a daily habit that can be cultivated, nurtured, and made routine—much like eating and sleeping.
The authors’ use of real-world case studies—ranging from established companies to startups—makes the content relatable and actionable. These examples serve as object lessons in how an innovative culture can not only be established but also be sustained over time. What sets this book apart from others in the innovation literature is its focus on the micro-behaviors and rituals that, when amplified, form a culture of innovation. The authors argue persuasively that innovation isn’t solely about disruptive technologies or big ‘eureka’ moments but can manifest in small, incremental changes that accumulate over time.
An especially valuable feature of the book is its toolkit approach. It offers concrete strategies and frameworks that decision-makers can implement immediately, serving as both a theoretical treatise and a practical guide. The book covers a wide range of topics— from creating the right environment for innovation to tackling the bureaucratic red tape that often stifles creativity—offering a 360-degree view of what it takes to make innovation a daily habit.
However, the book could benefit from discussing the potential challenges and setbacks organizations may face in pursuing everyday innovation. While the book offers a tantalizing vision of a creatively empowered workforce, it doesn’t delve deeply into the roadblocks that could derail this vision.
Overall, “Eat, Sleep, Innovate” is a timely and valuable resource for any organization looking to navigate the complexities of the modern business environment. By focusing on the habitual nature of innovation, the authors provide a fresh perspective that goes beyond the clichéd advice usually found in business literature. It’s a must-read for leaders and managers seeking not just to adapt to change but to proactively create it.