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Jul 16 17

A better way of teaching and learning for higher education

by john

The practice of flipped learning not only holds the promise of making teaching more effective and more fun but also leads naturally to avenues of productivity in scholarship and service, according to Robert Talbert in his book Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty. The traditional higher education teaching model presents information in the form of lectures to large groups of students who then go away and undertake by themselves higher-order learning activities involving application, analysis and evaluation. In the flipped model, the students study the information by themselves, and then in group class time they undertake the more cognitively complex learning activities for which access to the teacher’s expertise is much more necessary.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Jun 25 17

Insights for overcoming enormous obstacles

by john

What kind of leadership would you need to undertake the largest engineering project ever, where success depends on the use of technologies which have not yet even been invented, and where a well-resourced team of experts had previously failed with massive loss of financial resources and lives? Sam Chand explores the issues in his book Bigger Faster Leadership: Lessons from the Builders of the Panama Canal.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Sep 4 16

Strategies for handling chaos

by john

The hallmark of a “wicked” situation is a rapidly transforming business environment in which established models of profitability and success are undergoing unpredictable changes, according to John Camillus in his book Wicked Strategies: How Companies Conquer Complexity and Confound Competitors. These complex, intractable and threatening wicked problems cannot be addressed by conventional strategies; instead, wicked problems require wicked strategies.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Apr 27 16

Useful resources for navigating digital disruption

by john

There is absolutely no reason upstart digital companies have to supplant established firms. There is no reason new businesses have to be the only engines of innovation. The problem, according to David Rogers in his book The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, is that—in many cases—management simply doesn’t have a playbook to follow to understand and then address the competitive challenges of digitization. This book aims to fulfil that role, helping you understand, strategize for, and compete on the digital playing field.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Mar 15 16

Compelling reasons for joining a peer advisory group

by john

Fewer than 1 percent of CEOs participate in CEO peer advisory groups, yet most of the high-performing CEOs who are members of a group say their experience has lifted their organizations and changed their lives beyond measure, according to Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary in their book The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth and Success. While the CEO’s life can be a lonely one, it does not have to be.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Mar 6 16

The truth about digital disruption

by john

The processes and incentives that companies use to keep focused on their main customers work so well that they blind those companies to important new technologies in emerging markets, and this leaves established companies vulnerable to new entrants who start by using the new technologies to target the low end of the market and gradually work their way upward to squeeze out incumbents in the profitable part of the market. That is the process of digital disruption for which Clayton Christensen is best known, and which is described in several articles in The Clayton M Christensen Reader.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Mar 6 16

Workplace self-defence strategies

by john

While bullying says more about the bully than it does about you, you are the one who has to learn to stand up for yourself, according to Lynne Curry in her book Beating the Workplace Bully: A Tactical Guide to Taking Charge. Those who do not stand up to the bully’s initial attack signal they are easy prey and inadvertently encourage continued bullying. Even if what is happening is not your fault, you are the one who must fix it, because you cannot expect the bully to change.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Mar 6 16

A radically different version of economic history

by john

It is important to understand how the US government has repeatedly and intelligently redesigned the economy in the past, because the market does not undergo an intelligent redesign by itself, according to Stephen Cohen and Bradford DeLong in their book Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy. There are things that matter immensely for an economy that only government can do. If it hesitates, refuses, or botches the job, the problem does not just go away and the economy does not advance as it should.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

Jan 24 16

Five practices of winning companies

by john

Most companies fail to create a compelling strategy, or if they do have such a strategy they fail to put it into practice; however, a small number of companies naturally combine strategy and execution in everything they do. According to Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi in their bookStrategy That Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap, the products and services of these companies have an enviable position in the markets they care about, and the firms reliably deliver on their promises. They each have their own unique way of competing, but they all have one thing in common: their success is clearly related to the distinctive way they do things: their capabilities.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.

 

Nov 29 15

Techniques for re-framing issues to improve decisions

by john

Left to our well-honed, pattern-seeking tendencies, we will begin paying attention to those parts of our environment that fit our frames. Just as significant, we will ignore or downplay those parts of our environment that do not fit our frame. Not only is our brilliance unquestioned, it is inappropriately reinforced by our search for evidence, according to John Austin in his book Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap.

My full review of the book is available at my business book reviews website.