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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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Will the Future Workplace still need you? Kazim Ladimeji (2015)

Will The Future Workplace Still Need You An essential career survival guide for the imminent future

Described by the author as an ‘essay’ this slim, self-published book will give you food for thought after its 45 minute read. Ladimeji seeks to provide a career guidance tool in the form of a concise summary of the ways in which the traditional employment model is being eroded by the introduction of robotic ‘workers’. This inevitable transition wherein artificial intelligence devices will take over tasks as diverse as driving vehicles, brick-laying and serving fast food is something that we should become aware, familiar with and accepting of.

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