McKinsey on Books : Author talks (2)

Global management consultancy McKinsey and Company offers a regular online series called Author Talks in which they present interviews with authors of newly published business books.

Through these interviews readers are able to gain more insight into the author’s experiences and knowledge on their topics.

In today’s blog we’ve linked some of these interviews with the books available in the Wellington City Libraries collection.

The crisis of democratic capitalism / Wolf, Martin
“Martin Wolf has long been one of the wisest voices on economic issues on the world stage. He has never been known as a sunny-side-up optimist, yet he has never been as worried in his adult life as he is today. Liberal democracy is in recession, and authoritarianism is on the rise. The ties that ought to bind open markets to free and fair elections are being strained, even spurned, even in democracy’s notional heartlands, like America and England. Around the world, powerful voices argue that capitalism is better without democracy. Other voices argue that democracy is better without capitalism. This book is a forceful rejoinder to both views. Even as it offers a deep, lucid assessment of why this marriage has grown so strained, it makes clear why a divorce between capitalism and democracy would be an almost unthinkable calamity for the entire world. Democratic capitalism has many enemies and few true friends. For all its flaws, Wolf argues, it remains the best system for human flourishing the world has seen, but something has gone seriously awry: the growth of prosperity has slowed, and the division of the fruits between the hyper-successful few and the rest has become more unequal. The oligarchs have retreated to their bastions, where they take a dim view of government and its ability to invest in the public goods needed to foster opportunity and sustainability. But the waters will rise to overwhelm them too in the end. Citizenship is not just a slogan or a romantic idea; it’s the only force that can save us, Wolf argues. Nothing has ever harmonized political freedom and economic freedom better than a shared faith in the common good, and nothing ever will. This wise and rigorously fact-based exploration of the whole epic human story of the dynamic between democracy and capitalism lands on the lesson that our ideals and our interests not only should align- they must. For everyone’s sake”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Readers of The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism may also like : Author Talks: Martin Wolf issues a wake-up call on the state of democratic capitalism
The chief economics commentator at the Financial Times explains why the relationship between democracy and the market economy is in crisis and details a sustainable, inclusive plan to restore it.

I, human : AI, automation, and the quest to reclaim what makes us unique / Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas
“It’s no secret that AI is changing the way we live, work, love, and entertain ourselves. Dating apps are using AI to pick our potential partners. Retailers are using AI to predict our behavior and desires. Rogue actors are using AI to persuade us with Twitter bots and fake news. Companies are using AI to hire us-or not. This is just the beginning. As AI becomes smarter and more humanlike, our societies, our economies, and our humanity will undergo the most dramatic changes we’ve seen since the Agricultural Revolution. Some of these changes will enhance our species. Others may dehumanize us and make us more machinelike in our interactions with others. It’s up to us to adapt and determine how we want to live and work. Are you ready? In I, Human psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic offers a guide for reclaiming ourselves in a world in which most of our decisions will be made for us. To do so, we’ll need to double down on what makes us so special-our curiosity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence-while relying on the lost virtues of empathy, humility, and self-control. Filled with big-think fascinations and practical wisdom, I, Human is the book we need to thrive in the future”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of I, human may also like : Author Talks: In the ‘age of AI,’ what does it mean to be smart?
As artificial intelligence gets better at predicting human behavior, a business psychologist encourages people to strengthen the uniquely human skills that machine learning has yet to tap.

Rising together : how we can bridge divides and create a more inclusive workplace / Helgesen, Sally
“Focusing on behaviors rather than bias, the author offers practical ways to build more inclusive relationships, teams, and workplaces to identify specific tactics that can help people move forward.” (Catalogue)

Readers of Rising Together may also like : Author Talks: Sally Helgesen shares tools for achieving workplace inclusion
Leadership coach Sally Helgesen breaks down the “how” of inclusive communication, and the simple method she uses to assess workplace culture.

The unsold mindset : redefining what it means to sell / Coggins, Colin
“A how-to guide for salespeople to revitalize their sales strategy and become more effective in building relationships”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Unsold Mindset may also like : Author Talks: How the most successful salespeople defy stereotypes
Entrepreneurs Colin Coggins and Garrett Brown share how a mindset that embraces authenticity, emotional intelligence, and purpose helps make sales about more than just transactions.

The good life : lessons from the world’s longest scientific study of happiness / Waldinger, Robert J.
“What makes a life fulfilling and meaningful? The simple but surprising answer is: relationships. The stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to live happy, satisfying, and overall healthier lives. In fact, the Harvard Study of Adult Development reveals that the strength of our connections with others can predict the health of both our bodies and our brains as we go through life. The invaluable insights in this book emerge from the revealing personal stories of hundreds of participants in the Harvard Study as they were followed year after year for their entire adult lives, and this wisdom is bolstered by research findings from this and many other studies. Relationships in all their forms–friendships, romantic partnerships, families, coworkers, tennis partners, book club members, Bible study groups–all contribute to a happier, healthier life”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Good Life may also like : Author Talks: The world’s longest study of adult development finds the key to happy living
Harvard study director Robert Waldinger provides the data-backed answer to what makes people live happier and longer lives and shares the choices anyone can make to start feeling more fulfilled right now.

Edible economics : a hungry economist explains the world / Chang, Ha-Joon
“Economic thinking – about climate change, immigration, austerity, automation and much more – in its most digestible form. For decades, a single free market philosophy has dominated global economics. But this is bland and unhealthy – like British food in the 1980s, when bestselling author and Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang first arrived in the UK from South Korea. Just as eating a wide range of cuisines contributes to a balanced diet, so too is it essential we listen to a variety of economic perspectives. In Edible Economics, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside anecdotes about food from around the world. Beginning each chapter with a menu, Chang uses the stories behind key ingredients – where they come from, how they are cooked and consumed, what they mean to different cultures – to explore economic theory. For Chang, strawberries are delicious with cream, but they also prophesise a jobless future; chocolate is a wonderful pudding, but more exciting are the insights it offers into post-industrial knowledge economies. Explaining everything from the hidden cost of care work to the misleading language of the free market as he cooks dishes like anchovy and egg toast, Gambas al Ajillo and Korean dotori mook, Ha-Joon Chang serves up an easy-to-digest feast of bold ideas. Myth-busting, witty and thought-provoking, Edible Economics shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: if we understand it, we can change it – and, with it, the world”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Readers of  Edible Economics may also like : Author Talks: A food-loving economist crafts a recipe for humane capitalism
Using the history of common foods and goods, Ha-Joon Chang explains the economics of industrial policy and the relationship between freedom and capitalism.

Money and love : an intelligent roadmap for life’s biggest decisions / Strober, Myra H.
“Hardly ever, when faced with daunting questions, do we have the keys to combine both head and heart in a balanced and fulfilling way. Labor economist and Stanford Professor Emerita Myra Strober and social innovation leader Abby Davisson know that in our daily lives money and love are interdependent. Whereas most decision-making guides focus only on one or the other, Money and Love shows us and our loved ones how to consider them jointly using the original, step-by-step 5Cs method: Clarify, Communicate, Choices, Check-in, and Consequences. At a time when we are experiencing the most significant shift in work-life balance in decades–marked by remote work, the Great Reshuffle, and a mass reconfiguring of family dynamics and social/professional networks–Strober and Davisson’s framework offers simple and effective steps to empower readers to make the best strategic decisions without having to sacrifice their careers or personal lives”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of Love and Money may also like : Author Talks: A lifelong labor economist shares five steps for making better choices about money and love
Stanford professor emerita Myra Strober details her experience combatting workplace inequity and outlines the framework she teaches for answering life’s biggest questions—like whether to move, marry, or accept a job offer.

The toolbox : strategies for crafting social impact / Harold, Jacob
“Transform your corner of the world with strategies from a social change visionary In The Toolbox: Methods and Mindsets for Social Impact, celebrated nonprofit executive Jacob Harold delivers an expert guide to doing good in the 21st century. In the book, you’ll explore nine tools that have driven world-shaking social movements and billion-dollar businesses–tools that can work just as well for a farmers market or fire department or small business. The author describes each of the tools–including storytelling, mathematical modelling, and design thinking–in a stand-alone chapter, intertwining each with a consistent narrative and full-color visual structure.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Toolbox may also like : Author Talks: A toolbox for social change
Cofounder of Candid and former GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold details the tools—from design thinking to game theory—that organizations can use to optimize their social-impact work.

The human side of innovation : the power of people in love with people / Porcini, Mauro
“PepsiCo’s and 3M’s award-winning chief design officer reveals the secret to creating life-changing innovations: putting the human factor at the center of everything. In every industry, new technologies have lowered the barrier to entry like never before. Either you design exceptional products, brands and experiences, or somebody will beat you to it. And Mauro Porcini-PepsiCo’s and 3M’s first ever chief design officer-says, the key to real, world-changing innovation is to put people first. Putting people first requires what Porcini calls unicorns: people who are in love with people and who have a genuine fire in them to create meaningful solutions for actual human beings. In this book, he describes them, celebrates them, and details their superpowers so you can find them, hire them, grow them, and retain them. Some have qualities you might expect-the ability to dream and an attention to detail-but when was the last time you heard an executive ask prospective hires if they were kind or humble? Porcini uses his journey across startups and multinational corporations, through successes and failures, to create a handbook for modern innovators. This book is written by a celebrated designer, high-level corporate executive, and a decent human being”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Human Side of Innovation may also like : Author Talks: PepsiCo’s Mauro Porcini talks meaningful design and mentorship
PepsiCo chief design officer Mauro Porcini explains how designers and nondesigners alike can push the boundaries of innovation every time they create.

7 rules of power : surprising – but true – advice on how to get things done and advance your career / Pfeffer, Jeffrey
“Is power the last dirty secret or the secret to success? Both. While power carries some negative connotations, power is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Don’t blame the tool for how some people used it. Rooted firmly in social science research, Pfeffer’s 7 rules provide a manual for increasing your ability to get things done, including increasing the positive effects of your job performance. With 7 Rules of Power, you’ll learn, through both numerous examples as well as research evidence, how to accomplish change in your organization, your life, the lives of others, and the world”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Readers of 7 Rules of Power may also like : Author Talks: Rules of power from Jeffrey Pfeffer to help you get your way
Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shares advice for gaining power through resources, reputation, and relationships.

McKinsey on Books blog piece (1) can be found here 

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