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David Guillebaud LID Publishing
Leading businesses are in danger of losing their position as market leaders. Long-established companies are at risk from a new breed of nimbler competitors as well as innovative ways of doing business that upset traditional models of commerce.
Marcus Sidonius Falx with Jerry Toner Profile Books
‘Invest in a good-quality toga made of fine home-spun wool.’
While some of fictitious Roman noble Marcus Sidonius Falx’s wisdom my not be entirely relevant to contemporary professionals, the Roman republic’s often brutish approach to battle, commerce and society has many parallels to the cut-throat world of modern business.
Spinder DhaliwalPalgrave MacMillan
Do you dream of starting up a company with a million-pound turnover? Young entrepreneurs are needed to drive and revitalise economies worldwide, and The Millennial Millionaire might just provide the inspiration to turn your great idea into a successful business.
Patrick van der Pijl, Justin Lokitz and Lisa Kay Solomon Wiley
Buzzwords litter boardrooms and business literature. ‘Innovation’ has been ubiquitous in its presence in the discourse of recent years, however some such as ‘blue-sky thinking’ have disappeared.
Edited by Dominic Barton, Dezso Horvath, and Matthias KippingOxford University Press
Capitalism has been the pivotal engine for development, wealth creation and productivity across the world, however, in recent years its effects have become into question. In particular, its focus on short-termism, its environmental impact and whether well-being is now only being improved within a minority of people within society.
In a collaboration between the Schulich School of Business and the global consultants McKinsey & Company, this book reflects the urgency of decisive action and the distinct opportunity to create a movement for positive change that will transform capitalism for the better. Proponents from across academia, business and the voluntary sector give interpretations of how we might forge and envision a re-imagined form of capitalism.
The book is designed for both university students and young professionals looking to start a business, and brings together the right blend of theory, practice and motivation needed to start your new venture.
Academic and author, Spinder Dhaliwal is a recognised expert in the field of entrepreneurship. She is a Reader in Entrepreneurship and Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Westminster and has taught entrepreneurship modules and programmes to undergraduates, postgraduates and executives, both in the UK and internationally.
Her latest book, The Millennial Millionnaire is packed full of lively case studies of young entrepreneurs and their success stories, advice on spotting opportunities, accessing finance, networking and more.
Leading businesses are in danger of losing their position as market leaders. Long-established companies are at risk from a new breed of nimbler competitors as well as innovative ways of doing business that upset traditional models of commerce. Yet in this age of consistent threat and paranoia, driven by digital technology, why is it that so many established companies choose to ignore such threats? Strategy consultant David Guillebaud identifies these disruptive forces and their effects before exploring the reasons why so many larger businesses are hesitant to adapt to new challenges. Disruption Denial lays out the threats. Businesses are caught in a cycle of repetitive well-intentioned activity of best-practice that Gauillebaud labels the ‘curse of rampant managerialism’. He describes cumbersome decision-making structures as having a glacial pace in terms of the time taken to adapt in an era that requires ever-more rapid decisions.
After describing the threats, Disruption Denial explores how business and managers can adapt to survive in a volatile business environment.
Guillebaud’s book does not hesitate to criticise the spectrum of big business, leaders and traditional management styles.
Written with a sense of urgency and precision, this book is a thought provoking and well researched introduction to the necessity.
While most buzzwords’ presence is fleeting and they offer little else other than repackaging of trite concepts, sometimes buzzwords have worthwhile ideas behind them and this book argues that ‘design’ is one of the latter. The authors argue that in order to benefit from uncertainty by producing improved business models or products, organisations must undergo a decision-making process akin to a designing a product, in order to arrive at the best possible idea.
In essence, this means testing and tempering ideas that are not perfect, while continuing to create other ideas focused around a general point of view.
Design a Better Business introduces this concept in the form of the ‘double loop design process’ and 20 strategic tools intended support this strategy.
While some of fictitious Roman noble Marcus Sidonius Falx’s wisdom my not be entirely relevant to contemporary professionals, the Roman republic’s often brutish approach to battle, commerce and society has many parallels to the cut-throat world of modern business. Release your Inner Roman is the ancient self-help leadership book for the modern era. The Romans’ brutal refusal of the principle of equality puts them in ‘an ideal position to succeed in the modern rat race’ according to Falx’s commentator (and creator) Cambridge Fellow, Jerry Toner.
The Romans' focused approach to planning, discipline and reward provides an interesting analogue towards KPI orientated strategy. Furthermore, their distinct approach to glory through battle gives readers a pep talk on perseverance and how to manage one’s reputation effectively. Among these there are less business-orientated chapters on topics such as romance and even rather grim accounts of sacking a fallen city. These are included for entertaining historical context and are clearly not meant to be followed.
What have the Romans ever done for us? This tongue-in-cheek guide provides much welcome relief from the well-trod and often stale format of business self-help books. Even though readers will find more practical advice from traditional guides and the benefits of Falx’s accounts of Rome are not always presented in a clear fashion, this is an entertaining read from which many professionals would benefit.
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