What matters now : how to win in a world of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation / Gary Hamel.
“Critical insight from the man Fortune called “the world’s leading expert on business strategy”About the only thing a leader can be sure of is that what worked yesterday is unlikely to work today, let alone tomorrow. Never before have businesses faced a more fractured, contentious and dynamic environment. If ever there was a need for fundamentally new thinking about values, competition, leadership, organization talent, and how these things are directly tied to management, it is now. Gary Hamel lays out an essential agenda in a world where old nostrums aren’t merely useless, but downright toxic. Contains more than 25 standalone chapters in six sections that are brutally honest and tackle critical management and leadership challenges head-on Explains how to move from defense to offense, reverse the tide of commoditization, and outrun change Tackles how to effectively hack management, capture the moral high ground, and foster extraordinary contribution Written by one of the world’s most prescient management experts and the acclaimed author of The Future of Management Concise and to the point, What Matters Now will inspire leaders to rethink their business, their management, and how they lead”– Provided by publisher.
Ethics of big data / Kord Davis with Doug Patterson.
“An important, timely and useful book”…What do ethics and big data have in common? The truth is they ought to get together more often. As companies continue to blunder their way through one data crisis after another, they need an approach to working through the hard questions about how they buy and sell, aggregate, use and handle customer data. There is no blanket answer or policy that will be right for all organizations; this book does not say what is good and evil- but it describes a practical approach to creating clarity through ethical inquiry…. It’s a smart read for anyone who deals in customer data, but will be valuable for anyone who wants to understand how to fully use a technology in a way that’s true to individual, organizational, and community values.” (Syndetics summary)
Cope with change at work / Sue Stockdale and Clive Steeper.“I found this book a useful companion and refresher to `all things’ change. It provided many useful models and examples highlighting key learning points. I was especially interested in how so many of the techniques could be used equally successfully in private life outside work, especially for encouraging small children more positively.
The book sets itself an ambitious target of equipping the reader to deal with any change the world hurls at us, and delivers 100%. Essential reading material for anyone in a modern office working environment..
With `change’ being the new `normal’, we all have to accept and cope with change. The book challenges the reader to take control, sets out the tools and techniques on which to build our change strategies that will accelerate our successful journey through change.
HR Managers should improve the chances of successful change by handing out copies of this book in advance of organisational change rather than dealing with a more costly unprepared aftermath”. (Amazon UK reviewer)
Leading the way : seven skills to engage, inspire and motivate / Andrew Leigh and Michael Maynard.“Practical ideas for today’s leadership issues…This is a useful new handbook full of practical advice for 21st Century leaders. Its central leadership model of 7 I’s (Individuality, Insight, Initiate, Innovate, Inspire, Improvise, Implement) is memorable and is sure to strike a chord in many workplaces.
The style of the book is clear and direct. Each chapter has lots of common sense checklists and ‘Ideas for Action’ and each ends with a ‘Twitter summary’ in 140 characters or less for those without the time to read more. Highly recommended” (Amazon UK reviewer)
Greenwash : big brands and carbon scams / Guy Pearse.
“Going green is the new black for big business. But how real is the climate-friendly revolution that’s being advertised? Toyota reckons Mother Nature drives a Prius, Ford wants us to ‘Join the Green Revolution’, and McDonald’s has painted its famous golden arches green. Facebook has even ‘friended’ Greenpeace. But are big brands and the celebrities endorsing them really as green as they claim? In Greenwash, in the tradition of Fast Food Nation and No Logo, Guy Pearse looks behind the corporate façade – and what he finds will startle you. Nothing is sacred and no one is safe from scrutiny in this exposé of carbon scams: not the Prius or the Nissan LEAF, not the World Wildlife Fund or Earth Hour, not Oprah or Leonardo DiCaprio. For consumers trying to shop the planet green, Greenwash is a wake-up call. It’s also an entertaining and practical book that helps consumers to pick the truly green businesses from the greenwashers and to demand a higher environmental standard from all. Praise: ‘Guy Pearse’s welcome book reveals the difficulty of judging the benefits and real environmental costs of the way we live.’-David Suzuki” (Amazon UK Book description)
Vested : how P&G, McDonald’s, and Microsoft are redefining winning in business relationships / Kate Vitasek and Karl Manrodt with Jeanne Kling.“Excellent Examples of Collaborative Relationships….Vested gives real examples of how companies can work as “we’ to achieve success. My takeaway, Vested thinking and methodology unlocks the power of innovation to drive value and transform relationships. So many of us give lip service to “win-win” relationships yet we act in our own self-interest, it is refreshing to see companies in Vested relationships who truly live “win-win” where winning is mutual-success…”(Amazon reviewer)