Book Reviews

Lateral Thinking for Every Day: Extraordinary Solutions to Ordinary Problems

Author: Paul Sloane Date book discussed: 4 July 2023 Review by: Mae Keary This a book that challenges the mind and helps in the solving of everyday problems.  It is a refresher and reminder of how to engage our minds to produce radical results for solving problems. Paul’s style of writing is helpful to the…

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The Power of Difference: Where the Complexities of Diversity and Inclusion Meet Practical Solutions

Author: Simon Fanshawe Book discussed: 16 May 2023 Review by: Mae Keary What Simon’s book has achieved is to raise the debate about diversity and inclusivity and make it more understandable.  His aim, to widen prospects by eliminating discrimination so that people can be judged on their talent and contribution rather than sex, race, or…

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People Before Tech: The Importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age

Author: Duena Blomstrom Date discussed: 28 February 2023 Review by: Mae Keary “Giving people more money, titles, responsibility or perks, while nice und useful, is not nearly as good as giving them a work environment where they feel heard, supported, and can flourish. It’s that simple.” This quote sums up ‘new ways of working’, Duena’s…

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The Suite Spot: Reaching, Leading and Delivering the C-Suite

Author – John Jeffcock Book discussed – 29th November 2022 Book Review by – CSNet BDG Member John Jeffcock’s book gives an excellent account of developing trends in the structure and responsibilities of senior management teams.  It is of great interest to anyone aspiring to fill such roles or to understand the current and future…

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Know Thyself: The New Science of Self-Awareness

Author: Stephen M Fleming Review by Andrew Parrock In his book, Stephen Fleming, Head of the Metacognition Lab, University College London, aims to explain, clearly and concisely, the current state of scientific understanding of human self-awareness; he has succeeded. Self-awareness, metacognition, is the ability to think about our own thinking. Most of us, if we…

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Elites: Can you rise to the top without losing your soul?

Author – Douglas Board Book discussed – 5 April 2022 Review by – Nanette Young The author of this book, Douglas Board, takes us on a journey to the top of organisations, employing the experiences of others and his own, to provide perceptive and enlightening views of the route to power and influence. With a…

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Leadership in Complexity and Change: for a world in constant motion. [De Gruyter Transformative Thinking and Practice of Leadership and its Development, edited by Bernd Vogel, Vol 1]

Author – Sharon Varney Book discussed – 8 February 2022 Review by – Mae Keary A well-researched book on complexity theory, which has practical applications for leaders at all levels in organisations.  The main aims of the book have been achieved, which are to address problems of leadership and change, and to use insights from complexity…

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Organizing for the New Normal: Prepare Your Company for the Journey of Continuous Disruption

Author – Constantinos C Markides Book discussed – 26 October 2021 Review by – Mae Keary Disruptions are the new normal, and if organisations are going to survive and thrive, they need to adapt and change to new ways of working.  This is the thrust of Constantinos Markides book, in which he addresses the uniqueness of…

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Ego: Get Over Yourself and Lead

Author – Mary Gregory Review by – Lisa Preuveneers Gregory’s background as an executive coach came through very strongly in the book; this was particularly interesting as many of our group operate as executive coaches. A whole chapter is devoted to how coaching helps interpersonal relationships, as participants become aware of the role their own…

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Future Shaper: How Leaders Can Take Charge in an Uncertain World

Author – Niamh O’Keeffe Book discussed – 13 October 2020 Review by – Lisa Preuveneers The book ‘Future Shaper’ leaves no doubt in one’s mind that leaders are most definitely made.  On reading the book it shows you how; not that you would know from the title and chapter one, which considers the macro challenges of leadership in…

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