Book Summary: Affluenza – The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas Naylor

Sure, Affluenza is a polemic, but it’s a powerful one. Sure, some of the book’s more startling factual assertions are, on closer examination, somewhat distorted. But this is a call to arms, not a scholarly dissection. By depicting our consumer culture as a deadly epidemic, the authors provide a metaphor that simply and intuitively captures the fears and concerns of millions of people worldwide. While some conservative readers might scoff at a book that breathlessly states that life was better before the industrial revolution, we recommend this book as a valuable peek into the intellectual world of the anti-globalization left.

Affluenza - The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas Naylor
Affluenza – The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas Naylor

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Book Summary: Advocacy – Championing Ideas and Influencing Others by John A. Daly

You may not be a lawyer, politician, or inventor, but, at some point in your career, you’ve probably had to advocate – that is, convince others to buy into an idea. Communications consultant John A. Daly teaches the strategies successful advocates employ: the basics of presenting an idea, the importance of cultivating a broad network, and the empowerment that arises from conducting successful meetings. He provides charts and detailed lists to guide you through each step of the process. The book is lightly repetitious and refers often to common knowledge in the field, but it is smart and highly useful. We recommend it to anyone who needs to sell an idea – in whatever line of work – and become a successful closer.

Advocacy - Championing Ideas and Influencing Others by John A. Daly
Advocacy – Championing Ideas and Influencing Others by John A. Daly

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Book Summary: Adaptability – The art of winning in an age of uncertainty by Max McKeown and Kogan Page

Organizational success and failure can be reduced to one thing, or so argues management consultant Max McKeown in his scientific and cultural look at adaptability around the globe and through the ages. If groups can’t change and adapt appropriately, they can’t succeed. McKeown offers case studies from companies you know, such as Starbucks, providing insight into familiar storylines. Some of his other examples aren’t as famous but are just as compelling: He looks at civil war in Liberia, computer game development and Italian bureaucracy to flesh out his 17 rules (which would be just as good without those few swear words) for adapting and, thus, succeeding. McKeown’s rules are eye-catching, but they don’t always connect smoothly to the stories or a plan of action. As such, some of the books work better as a history of adaptability than as a manual for acquiring that skill. Still, an eager reader can tease out techniques and ideas for becoming more adaptable, and McKeown offers warm, inspirational tales that provide general road maps for successful adaptation. We believe leaders of companies small or large looking to motivate their employees or themselves will find value here.

Adaptability - The art of winning in an age of uncertainty by Max McKeown and Kogan Page
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4 Actions to Take Charge and Stay Confident, Increase Value, Impact and Happiness Immediately

Take a look at how you can use your powerful leadership skills for YOU!

Have you ever experienced resistance about moving yourself or your organization to the next level? Chances are, you need to gain greater insight to be able to create a strategy and crack open that speck of inspiration you can build upon.

4 Actions to Take Charge and Stay Confident, Increase Value, Impact and Happiness Immediately
4 Actions to Take Charge and Stay Confident, Increase Value, Impact, and Happiness Immediately

Either in your current situation/leadership role or to take charge of a new chapter, this guide uncovers 4 actions that will immediately increase your:

  • Impact
  • Success
  • Value
  • Recognition

Happiness & overall wellness
Take charge and get what you want – really want.

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Book Summary: Work Together Anywhere, A Handbook on Working Remotely Successfully for Individuals, Teams and Managers

Thanks to telecom technologies, many employees have been able to work from home for some time. However, now, due to COVID-19, many more employees must work from home if their jobs allow it. In her comprehensive manual, Lisette Sutherland, a remote working entrepreneur, details the ins and outs of telecommuting. Writing with Kirsten Janene-Nelson, Sutherland outlines the many benefits and some common pitfalls of remote work for companies, virtual team leaders, and home-based employees.

Work Together Anywhere - A Handbook on Working Remotely – Successfully – for Individuals, Teams & Managers by Lisette Sutherland and Kirsten Janene-Nelson, Wiley, 2020
Work Together Anywhere – A Handbook on Working Remotely – Successfully – for Individuals, Teams & Managers by Lisette Sutherland and Kirsten Janene-Nelson, Wiley, 2020

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Book Summary: Ackoff’s Best His Classic Writings on Management by Russell L. Ackoff

This book collects provocative, insightful essays by Russell L. Ackoff, architect turned city planner turned behavioral scientist turned professor. True to his convictions about systems thinking, his pieces form a coherent whole. Like a successful system, the whole of this book is greater than the sum of its parts. And what parts: the roots of systems thinking; a properly irreverent approach to bureaucracy; the role of planning; a standard for mission statements; effective advertising advice. Ackoff is a voice in the wilderness as he fondly remembers his bureaucracy-bucking, folly-filled, smart-as-heck past. Although this book tends to veer toward the academic, managers and students of management will find it useful. We recommend it to anyone seeking insight on creativity, education, and science. Tear into this book a little at a time; you won’t be disappointed.

Ackoff's Best His Classic Writings on Management by Russell L. Ackoff
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