Book Reviews

The New Rules of Engagement

The New Rules Of Engagement

Author: Michael McQueen

Review: To some they are the tech-savvy, well-educated and ambitious youngsters poised to take on and change the world. Others however, describe a disloyal, disrespectful and demanding generation who have never learned to wait or really work hard for anything. Born between the early 1980’s and the late 1990’s Generation Y has certainly caused a stir in recent years. In this ground-breaking bestseller, you will learn how the era into which you are born has a profound effect on your perceptions and worldview.

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant

Authors: Kim W. Chan & Renee Mauborgne

Review: Written by the business world’s new gurus, Blue Ocean Strategy continues to challenge everything you thought you knew about competing in today’s crowded market place. With over one million copies sold worldwide, Blue Ocean Strategy is quickly reaching “must read” status among smart business readers.

Surfing the Edge of Chaos

Surfing The Edge Of Chaos: The Laws Of Nature And The New Laws Of Business

Authors: Richard Tanner Pascale, Mark Milleman, Linda Gioja

Review: Surfing the Edge of Chaos is an unusually good book on applying the lessons of the complexity science and the biological world to business progress. The material is aimed at continuous renewal of the large existing organisation, but will be valuable to organisations of all ages and sizes.

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success At Work And In Life, One Conversation At A Time.

Author: Susan Scott

Review: Susan Scott trains clients in the art of fierce conversations, empowering them to achieve exceptional results through transforming dialogue. Success hinges on engaging people in ways that interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle tough challenges, tap our deepest aspirations, and enrich relationships. Overcome barriers to meaningful conversation, expand and enrich the territory you explore with colleagues, friends, and family.

Just Listen

Just Listen: Discover The Secret To Getting Through To Absolutely Anyone

Author: Mark Goulston

Review: The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do anything is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can’t break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but powerful techniques readers can use to really get through to people–whether they’re co-workers, friends, strangers, or enemies. Getting through is a fine art but a critical one. With the help of this groundbreaking book readers will be able to turn the “impossible” and “unreachable” people in their lives into allies, devoted customers, loyal colleagues, and lifetime friends.

The Three Laws of Performance

The Three Laws Of Performance

Authors: Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan

Review: The ideas in this book are different to what we normally see in business books. They aren’t tips, tools, or steps, but are presented as laws that govern individual, group and organisational behaviour. As we move into the heart of the 21st century, it’s time for business leaders to ask what impact they want their career, and their entire organisation to make. The future that’s already written about organisations is not the most ideal. We can do better, must do better. In striving for what’s possible, not just for what’s likely, this book can be a resource for generations to come.

Execution: the discipline of getting things done

Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done

Authors: Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Review: “If you want to be a CEO or if you are a CEO and want to keep your job – read Execution and put its principles to work.” The book that shows how to get the job done and deliver results…whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job.

Egonomics

Egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (Or Most Expensive Liability)

Authors: D. Marcum & S.B. Smith

Review: It can be confusing for a leader – you need your ego to succeed but it can also lead to your downfall. In this original, eye-opening work, the authors argue that the upside of ego is as powerful as the downside and answer questions about ego that have been a mystery to most people.

The 8th Habit

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness

Author: Stephen Covey

Review: So, what is the 8th habit? You act with integrity as an individual and help others to do the same. The habit of integrity is one of the hardest to master and getting tips from this master is definitely worthwhile.

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