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The Business of Sleep

Book Published: March 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Prof Vicki Culpin

Would you let your employees come to work drunk? Presumably that is a 'gross misconduct' offence at most organizations - yet several nights poor sleep can be more debilitating for performance than being just over the DUI limits. It can also have devastating long-term health consequences. So why do organizations not work harder to create sensible sleep regimes for their employees, so creating better productivity for themselves? Vicki Culpin asks why, in a time when we know so much about the impact of poor sleep, do we do so little about it? Quoting from Dickens "It was the age of...

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Sustaining Executive Performance

Book Published: January 2015
  • Leadership & Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Dr Steven P. MacGregor

The connection between good health and good mind goes back to the dawn of time. The Roman poet Juvenal coined the phrase "Mens sana in corpore sano" in the first century AD. Before that the Ancient Greeks believed that the mind was strengthened by athleticism. Plato was a famously good wrestler.

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Talent Wins

Book Published: March 2018
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Operations
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, Dennis Carey

The authors have front row seats in watching the challenges of large organizations unfold, and exceptional access to the boardrooms of the top executives in charge of those organizations. With that view they observe that "as work and organization become more fluid.....talent must lead strategy". This is a seismic acknowledgement from the head of the world's foremost strategy consultancy, but is probably a truism nonetheless. If 'culture eats strategy for breakfast' then it is the talent that you need to look to, to ensure and enable change. They go on to state that "putting talent first...

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Mindset

Book Published: January 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Interpersonal Skills\
Authors: Dr Carol S. Dweck

Carol Dweck's work on Mindsets has probably had more positive impact on people's lives than any other psychological work in the last half-century. She explains that our inate and developed skills and experiences, though important are not sufficient to make us successful - but that we also need to adopt a 'growth mindset' to enable real achievements. In an era when everyone needs to continually keep learning new skills just to stop going backwards, her insights are more important than ever.

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Conquering Digital Overload

Book Published: January 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Peter Thomson, Mike Johnson, J. Michael Devlin (editors)

In a world where digitalization is increasing the speed and volume of every business process and activity, many workers, and almost all knowledge workers, find themselves constantly drenched by a firehose of new data whether that be simple emails or WhatsApp messages, or management analytics created by bots, or news and views from customers or suppliers. This torrent of information is overwhelming - and creates an unsustainable environment for people to work effectively. This book explores that dilemma, and perhaps errs more in highlighting the issues than providing solutions. But that is...

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How Did I Not See This Coming

Book Published: December 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Katy Tynan

Unlike most knowledge we need at work leadership skills are rarely taught before we need them; when you become competent at some technical activity organizations tend to think you are ready for management, but whereas you may have been trained in coding or sales or finance, you are rarely trained to manage, and so many people find themselves in their first management role with little to no idea how to behave. As a result we fall back on stereotypical concepts of leadership, most often 'command and control' ones that are almost always inappropriate for first line management roles - and most...

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The Mind of the Leader

Book Published: March 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Rasmus Hougaard; Jacqueline Carter

"How can we create more human leadership and people-centred cultures where employees and leaders are more fulfilled and more fully engaged?" is the question the authors set out to answer in this book. The solution, the authors claim, is to build organizations that draw on our common basic human needs for meaning, happiness, connectedness and a desire to contribute.

They and their research team surveyed and assessed over 30,000 leaders around the world, and conducted in-depth interviews with 100s of C-suite executives to build a framework they describe in the book. In essence it...

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Crack the C-Suite Code

Book Published: March 2018
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Cassandra Frangos

At the other end of the management journey from 'How Did I Not See This Coming' this book is aimed at those executives with a steely eye on reaching the C-Suite, for whatever personal reasons they may have. The C-Suite, those senior executives roles beginning Chief, like CEO or CFO, are the coveted positions at the top of organizations. They tend to be the highest paid, but more symbollically indicate the holder has reached the top-most rungs of the executive ladder. They are as such the target...

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Overcrowded

Book Published: March 2017
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Problem-Solving
Authors: Roberto Verganti

Verganti’s approach to innovation is a very human one. While most books on innovation work on the premise that the world has problems to solve, and what gets us out of bed in the morning is the urge to solve those problems, Verganti sees that what actually motivates us is a search for sense-making, for meaning. And that solving problems is part of that search – so for innovation to be motivated and driven it needs to have a meaning.

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Breaking Bad Habits

Book Published: November 2017
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Freek Vermeulen

Old ways of doing things are typically based on industry norms or ‘best practices’. The premise behind this book is that, to embrace the new thinking and innovation that will drive their future success, organizations need to ditch many best practices that they live by today – but have passed their sell-by date. Sub-titled ‘Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business’, the book shows how to identify and eliminate bad best practices and, illustrated with numerous cases, demonstrates how by creating fertile ground for innovation this can lead to profitable renewal.

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The Neuroscience for Leadership

Book Published: January 2015
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Tara Swart, Kitty Chisholm, Paul Brown

Understanding leadership is essentially about understaning how to manage people - and the recent advances in neuroscience have given us enormous new insights into how and why people behave the way they do. Having a basic appreciation and understanding of this should be the minimum requirement for anyone wanting to lead others.

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The Leadership of Teams

Book Published: August 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Emotional Behaviour
Authors: Mike Brent, Fiona Elsa Dent

Organizations tend to operate in teams - but rarely do those groups stop and consider what makes them a team (as opposed to just a group of individuals). Understanding what makes teams different from working groups, and what motivates them and what disrupts them performing is clearly important if you lead a team and want to get the best out of it.

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Good Profit

Book Published: August 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Boards Roles Responsibilities
Authors: Charles G. Koch

The book is a personal manifesto around Koch Industries 'Market-Based Management' approach. MBM is, at root, an extension of the old philosophy argument personified by Locke and Rousseau vs Thomas Hobbes; are people generally good and community spirited, or mean and self-serving? Koch's approach is that left to our own devices (by which he means minimal government interference) people will seek out what is best for the wider eco-system they live in.

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The Strategic Storyteller

Book Published: August 2017
  • Marketing
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Alexander Jutkowitz

As the world around us becomes ever more complex, the need for people to make sense of it and then explain it becomes ever greater, this applies as much to organizations as to individuals. Jutkowitz says that "information is abundant; but stories are rare". We know that people react emotionally to stories differently to facts - their impact is greater and more enduring.

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Out of Our Minds

Book Published: October 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Sir Ken Robinson

As Robinson notes in his preface to this 3rd edition (the first was published in 2000) "The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet the challenges". This book is aimed at reigniting that creativity and persuading people that they are more creative than they believe.

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The Joy of Leadership

Book Published: September 2017
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Tal Ben-Shahar, Angus Ridgway

When computers started to become normal parts of working lives some twenty-five years or so ago, we were all promised that we would have more time to enjoy ourselves as the machines took over the boring chores of life. We now know that in fact they have just made everything faster and created more work and data for us to deal with, and that we have lost much of the connection to our co-workers and the feeling of purpose we might find in our work. This book looks to change that, building on principles of positive psychology.

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The Four Dilemmas of the CEO

Book Published: September 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Clifford Herbertson, Tom Biesinger, Ross Wall

The author's hypothesis is that "momentum is [every CEO's] most prized possession" and if they lose it or fail to attain it, they will achieve little to nothing. In the struggle to enable momentum CEO's will be on a CEO life-cycle' journey, and at each stage will encounter disruptive dilemmas. The challenge is how much time they should spend fire-fighting these issues, and how much they should remain above the fray guiding and growing the business.

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Inspired Leadership

Book Published: September 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Kevin Gaskell

Gaskell's proposition is that "ordinary people led well can achieve extraordinary things". His core distinction is between incentivizing people and inspiring them. "If you know how to inspire those around you, they stop trying to chase immediate rewards, and they start thinking about building something that lasts, making meaningful changes to the lives of their customers, their colleagues and themselves".

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Own Any Occasion

Book Published: October 2017
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Erik Palmer

Public speaking is a skill that all leaders need to embrace and master, but that few get any real training in. The result, whether you are a speaking to a room of trainees or addressing an auditorium of thousands, tends to be anxiety-filled and sub-optimal. Palmer’s  view is that regardless of what or who you are presenting to a successful talk is founded on the same 11 key steps.

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The Fear-free Organization

Book Published: July 2015
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Paul Brown, Joan Kingsley, Sue Paterson

There are eight primary emotions, somewhat similar to primary colours, from whch all our emotional behaviours are triggered. Five of those (fear, anger, disgust, shame and sadness) trigger some fight or flight response; only to produce attachment responses (excitement/joy and trust/love); leaving surprise balanced between the two. By managing fear out of your organization you can take a big step towards better performance.

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How To Be Happy At Work

Book Published: September 2017
  • Happiness and Well-being
  • Organizational Culture
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Annie McKee

Since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-nineteenth century we have taught ourselves that who we are at work is different to who we are in our private lives. We behave differently in the formalized setting of large organizations to how we do in small groups, and with that has frequently come the implicit belief "that we are not supposed to be happy at work; that's for other parts of our life". McKee has seen that "when we are happy, we are more successful....when we feel deep, abiding joy in what we do, we learn more, see more and do more". Even if you are a psychopathic manager in an...

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Survive and Thrive

Book Published: August 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Edited by Joshua S. Gans and Sarah Kaplan

According to Murphy's law: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

Murphy’s adage is one every business leader needs to keep at the back of their mind. Self-inflicted threats such as IT meltdowns, employee discrimination law suits and budget overspend are common-place; as are external threats to reputation via social media and to market position from disruptive innovation. What’s more, sometimes disasters happen that can threaten the very survival of the business.

The key is to anticipate potential threats and to be ready with effective responses. That is the premise of...

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Shut Down the Business School

Book Published: May 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Martin Parker

Parker sees that Business Schools sit awkwardly in the academic sector. They are equally admired and despised. Admired for their ability to create profit and so fund other things in the university, despised as they fail to clearly conform to traditional academic discipline and the 'public good' test.

His real gripe though is that unlike almost all other university subjects, business schools focus on an ever-narrowing definition of how organizations can operate, and so reduce the horizons of opportunity of their students to a very limited, prescribed set of alternatives. Business...

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Digital Transformation

Book Published: October 2017
  • Strategy
  • Operations
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Lindsay Herbert

Digital Transformation' is a common buzzphrase today, that many executives use as a catchall to cover the complexity of what is needed without really understanding what it means. Herbert defines it as "your company's ability to react and successfully utilize new technologies and procedures - now and in the future".

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The CEO Next Door

Book Published: May 2018
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Elena Botelho and Kim Powell

Drawing on the enormous leadership database of ghSMART and collaborating with analysts at Chicago and NYU Universities amongst others, the authors distilled the amassed data on thousands of leaders and found that though their backgrounds and context varied radically, there were four recurring characteristics that all successful CEOs practiced. The ability to make decisions quickly; engaging with stakeholders; relentless reliability; and preparedness to adapt boldly when required.

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Unscaled

Book Published: March 2018
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CSR & Governance
  • Operations
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Heman Taneja with Kevin Maney

The underlying ethos of General Catalyst's investment approach in new ventures is the root of this book: the economy of the future is built on 'unscaled' organizations. The 20th century saw organizations grow based upon their ability to integrate vertically and scale accordingly. From Henry Ford's Model T onward the focus was about serving mass markets with high quality but standardized products. Almost anyone could buy a car once the Model T started rolling off the production line - but it had to be black, and so it continued across the century and the industrial sectors. The arrival of...

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Do Good

Book Published: November 2017
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Operations
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Anne Bahr Thompson

As the author recognizes " 'doing good' conjures up images of idealism and altruism which translates to self-sacrifice and not making a profit" in most people's minds. But in a world where 'purpose' is increasingly being seen as, if not an equal, but a second serious consideration alongside 'profit' , the importance of brand, both internally to attract and retain talent, and externally to attract and retain customers, is ever more critical.

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