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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.
Written by three experienced Mckinsey consultants, A Good Disruption is a call to action, to create a global circular economy. The authors present an inconvenient truth; that while technological disruption is becoming ever more commonplace, these advancements will do little to address the threats to the planet, unless there is a significant global shift away from linear models of extraction and consumption.
A Good Disruption argues that there need not be a trade-off between environmental responsibility and economic growth. Well-written with a rigorous analysis of case studies, the book provides principles that spur sustainable economic growth. A Good Disruption also presents a credible and inspiring view of a more sustainable economy. This is insightful reading for leaders that seek a prosperous and sustainable future.
How many times have you begun the day intent on being productive, only to become bogged down with emails or pointless meetings and then leave the office having achieved virtually nothing? Futurethink CEO, Lisa Bodell argues that you are not alone and contemporary businesses are drowning in unnecessary complexity. In an effort to remedy this, Bodell presents a new philosophy that simplifies interactions, allowing staff to focus on adding value to their businesses.
In the same way a sculptor chips away at marble to create art, Bodell presents a rigorous process of elimination that refines workplace interactions. Bodell’s easy-to-follow guide demands bold expectations from readers in order to establish workplace simplicity, however, the variety of well-placed real life stories make these targets feel achievable. This is an essential purchase for those craving productivity in an age of complexity.
There is a need for a practical, common sense, tongue-in-cheek approach to people leadership. It is time a HR leader talked to peers in a practical and knowledgeable way; focusing less on theory and more on originality in order to help others be successful leaders of people. Be a People Leader puts these ideas into practice.
The author had his first leadership role at age 15, when he became the youngest store manager of McDonalds in North America. Since then, he has become committed to global leadership, with a career spanning 25 years in various companies. He has led teams in several countries including Canada, the US, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, China and the UK. He is currently vice president at the prestigious hotel management company, Dorchester Collection.
This book is a practical look into people leadership, and has been designed to help aspiring leaders realise their full potential in managing high performing teams. It will help leaders identify values and their own personal style, while enabling them to decide what sort of organisation they can have the biggest impact on.
Kelly OdellLID Publishing
‘If you think there is such a thing as a recipe for successful leadership, you had better stay in the kitchen.’
Kelly Odell, ‘one of Sweden’s most influential foreigners’ puts forward a counter-intuitive approach to leadership by arguing that leaders are human and so the management profession should start acting like they are too. Odell states there must be an acceptance that there is no single prescriptive way to become a good leader and advocates that there are 10 key themes of reflection that leaders should consider instead.
Odell argues that leaders should not be put on a pedestal. He states that while the effects of a bad leader are devastating, a good leader remains an element of a larger organisational structure and their success is not dictated by their actions alone. Furthermore, Odell points out that heroic leaders throughout history are in the right place at the right time. He seeks not to lower the expectations of leadership, but rather, argues there should no ideal concept of a leader. Leaders should embrace both the flaws and positive traits we all have.
Rich in metaphors and self-reflection, Odell eloquently puts forward his 10 point case for ‘human leadership’. His argument is well supported and his pragmatic vision of a leader’s role seems hard to disagree with. As with most books on leadership, The Human Way is a largely autobiographical piece however, Odell encourages the readers to draw upon their own experiences in order to support his argument. This engaging book is an easy to read antidote and Odell’s view on leadership is refreshing.
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.
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