by Joanna Barsh, Johanne Lavoie
Leadership guidebook or guide to transform your life. I was undecided early on, and honestly I am still not sure.
The authors presents her approach to self-improvement, based on a foundation of discovering meaning; examining how they Frame the world; being Connected to get there; how to Engage on their goals; and how to stay Energized.
The book suggest using it as a workbook with a group, and certainly for change to occur it will be easier to be motivated working within a group. It will take a very self-motivated individual to follow her directions to accomplish all that the book has.
The authors illustrate their principles with personal and inspirational stories, from a variety of leaders, as well as providing practical tips that allow the reader to put learning into action.
It contains questions to assist your learning. The content is based on quantitative research, which I have not validated.
The stated aim is for any leader, from novice to corporate CEO to acquiring the same skills as today's most esteemed leaders, and therefore reaching their highest potential.
There are some ideas in the model for people on the journey of self-discovery, as well as developing leaders. It is not a quick fix, but rather the beginning of a journey into leadership.
By Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell
This book attempts to outline and analyse six megatrends that are shaping business and society now and in the immediate future. It examines what is changing between nations and attempts to analyse these into trends.
Vielmetter and Sell focus on six megatrends in terms of time, reach, and impact: Globalization 2.0; The Environmental Crisis; Individualism and Value Pluralism; The Digital Era; Demographic Change; and Technological Convergence.
The book also discusses the unique leadership challenges that these megatrends pose.
There will be debate around whether their predictions will come to pass.
The book is a dry read that took me many attempts to complete enough to review. It is not your usual leadership text, but rather a text for the analysis’s businesses employ to help shape company direction. For these selected few it will provide input for an businesses medium to long term planning.
Not one for the average person.
BY Christian MadsbjerMikkel Rasm
The Moment of Clarity is about understanding people, whether customers, employees or anyone around us.
As such is mixes practical advice with theory about society, particularly business around us.
The book has two parts - 'Getting people wrong' and 'Getting people right'. As one can guess the first part is about what businesses and managers are doing wrong,
while the second part gives us the concept of sensemaking. That is using a mix of participant observation, qualitative data gathering and holistic analysis to arrive at new insights about what really matters to customers.
The underlying theme of the book is about getting a true understanding of your customers that comes from understanding human behaviour.
Not the easiest of reads, and there are better books on the topic in the marketplace.
Heath Henwood consults and speaks on Leadership, Strategic Planning and Management techniques. He has a Masters in Leadership, and is a Doctorial Candidate focusing on Leadership Development Strategies. He has extensive experience in private business and serves on several boards.