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Will it make the boat go faster? Hunt-Davis & Beveridge; Troubadour; 2011

Will It Make The Boat Go Faster Olympic winning Strategies for Everyday Success

Uh-oh: another book written by a sportsperson (in this case, Ben Hunt-Davis, an Olympic champion in rowing’s coxed 8’s in the Sydney Olympics of 2000) about defeating the odds after a career of almost-winning. Surely this can add nothing to the already-saturated world of the published bon-mots and tired homilies that follow major sporting events?

Well, actually: this is a really good read! Not just because Hunt-Davis has a story that deserves to be heard (especially since most people probably do not remember him in the shadow of a number of better-known British rowers); but also because Harriet Beveridge (management consultant, coach and stand-up comic) adds real value by interpreting and summarising the lessons learned from the rower’s story. Laid out chronologically in the run-up to the Sydney games, the first chapter looks at the importance of setting goals. What I like about this is the idea of ‘layered goals’ – from the ideal to the bite-sized everyday goals. It talks to the concept of being purposeful: everything comes back to purpose.

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“What is global leadership?” Gundling, Hogan & Cvitkovich; NB Publishing, 2011

What Is Global Leadership 10 Key Behaviors that Define Great Global Leaders Ernest Gundling

 

Subtitled “10 behaviors that define great global leaders”, this book takes the reader on an expansive journey into organisational insights, personal experiences and anecdotes. Based on a number of in-depth interviews with mid-to-senior managers with experience of roles in foreign subsidiaries, it is a book of two halves: the first looks at the competencies and behaviours identified from the detailed research. The second considers the challenge of training for the desired behaviours, looks at coaching for skills-enhancement and reflects on the challenges faced by and in teams with a global profile. The book ends with a chapter about the future of global leadership, which provides some useful pointers about identifying and developing the leaders of the future.

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Marketing Communications: PR Smith and Ze Zook

Marketing Communications Integrating Online and Offline Customer Engagement and Digital Technologies

The authors have set out to provide the definitive marketing communications resource and this 6th edition brings together traditional marketing tenets and the perceived wisdom of the digital age. They show convincingly that these complementarily support a deeper insight into customer behaviour and widen the possible marketing responses.

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Brain-Savvy Business: Jan Hills; Head, Heart + Brain: 2016

Brain savvy Business 8 principles from neuroscience and how to apply them

 

Since reading Jan Hills’ 2014 book “Brain-savvy HR”, I’ve been awaiting the chance to review more from this thoughtful and thought-provoking author. So, here we now have a follow-up which extends her exploration of neuroscience to a broader platform.

This is a weighty book – literally and well as figuratively – and is designed, I think, to be a reference tome as much as a ‘solid read’. Indeed, the author acknowledges this in her comment “whether you skip straight to the case studies, the science or how it plays out in business, it doesn’t matter” (p. 13).

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Appreciative Inquiry: Sarah Lewis, Jonathan Passmore, Stefan Cantore; Kogan Page: 2011

Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management Using AI To Facilitate Organizational Development

Two topics in which I have long had an interest, combined in one book; what could be more enticing?! It describes its purpose in the introduction as “exploring the power of conversation to create new futures for people and organizations”. Written in an approachable style, the book starts by reminding us of the history of management science and organizational enquiry; a useful starting-point. This leads into a discussion about the typical issues that inhibit effective organizational change, and the authors cite such challenges as the naming of problems to produce change (i.e. the belief that a CEO – by simply identifying the required change - believes that it can be made to happen); the belief that instruction will lead to change; the assertion that emotions are problematic per se; the use of power and intimidation to drive change; amongst others.

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