Nov 25th, 2013 by marilyn
The talent mandate : why smart companies put people first / Andrew Benett with W. Barksdale Maynard and Ann O’Reilly.“The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First is an excellent book composed of two main sections: – A Transformed Business Environment, which explains the need to start a Conversation on Talent.
– Six Essential Strategies for Success: When people are the actual assets of most companies, hiring and nurturing top talent is the way to build up and sustain competitive advantage. Look for “talent,” and not simply for “workers”…The mandate is to ultimately “turn your company as a talent magnet” and address new expectations, ranging from a new emphasis on paychecks with a purpose, to the desire of a more sustainable work-life integration, an uninterrupted digital life as well as more eclectic career paths: “Top recruits are unwilling to sacrifice their own brands to prop up companies that are unlikely to take them where they want to go”. (Amazon reviewer)
Business analysis and leadership : influencing change / edited by Penny Pullan and James Archer.
” Excellent overview of leadership for Business Analysts…Highly recommended for all Business Analysts. As the Business Analysis profession develops, there is an increasing demand for good leadership, whether that’s leading a team or setting direction for yourself or a project. If you’re a Business Analyst in or moving toward a leadership role, this book is a great introduction and packed with value. I like the short, concise chapters (great for someone with my attention span and fear of academic texts) and the range of topics covered. It also gives an honest and practical perspective from people working in the industry. (Amazon UK reviewer)
The chaos imperative : how chance and disruption increase innovation, effectiveness, and success / Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack.
“*Starred Review* Brafman and Pollack, organizational and leadership experts, respectively, explain their thesis on the need for contained chaos in our personal and work lives so that new and creative ideas can emerge out of nowhere. Framing their argument within case studies, including the U.S. Army, Brafman and Pollack explain that while organizational structure and hierarchy are essential in both large corporations and small groups, they stifle creativity. A small amount of controlled chaos confined within certain borders can benefit an organization’s overall well-being. Elements of chaos include white space, or time off from organized work to allow innovation and new ideas to take root; meetings without agendas; renegades, or those who don’t fit into the group’s traditional profile of participants; and planned serendipity, or engaging as many aspects of your organization as possible in problem solving. This small, excellent book offers thought-provoking insights for a wide range of library patrons as they face complicated challenges personally and within their businesses large and small. A must read.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)
Thinking in new boxes : a new paradigm for business creativity / Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny.
“When trying to come up with creative business solutions, the phrase think outside the box has become such a cliche that it has lost any impact it might have had. Just what are these boxes and how do you think outside them? It’s nearly impossible because our minds instinctively like to categorize and compartmentalize the world around us. Rather than thinking outside the box, the authors propose novel ways of thought organization that allows us to think in new boxes by questioning and modifying the ways we typically approach a problem. They do this with a series of brain teasers and exercises designed to put into practice their five-step approach: (1) Doubt everything you think you know, (2) probe for new possibilities, (3) diverge, (4) converge, and (5) reevaluate endlessly. It’s an imaginative, proactive, and creative approach to problem solving that prospects for new ideas rather than trying to predict the future. De Brabandere and Iny are advisors of The Boston Group, a worldwide consulting firm ranked third behind Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company by vault.com.–Siegfried, David Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)
Can’t buy me like : how authentic customer connections drive superior results / Bob Garfield and Doug Levy.
“Inspiring Book for Both Those at Beginning and at Peak of Career…This is the sort of book that can help open eyes, alter thinking and spark change. It thoroughly makes the case that the necessary evolution is not merely one of tactics or even strategy, but something even deeper and more fundamental. Garfield and Levy are bold enough to state from the start that their “immodest goal is to be not merely financially, but something approaching spiritually, transformative.” But make no mistake, this is not some fluffy sermon on the importance of caring and tweets; the book’s brilliance is in how it ties the need for core mission and new ways of marketing to financial outcomes.” (Amazon reviewer)