Book Reviews

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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Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together

Author – Margaret Heffernan Book discussed – 19 January 2021 Review by – Valentina Lorenzon “When we expect history to guide us, we overweight continuity and narrative, while underweighting change and contingency”.                                     Margaret Heffernan, Uncharted Margaret Heffernan’s latest book, ‘Uncharted’ explores our relationship with the future and our tendency to over-rely on predictions and technology to forecast…

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Culture shift: a practical guide to managing organizational culture

Author – Kirsty Bashforth Book discussed – 14 July 2020 Review by – Mae Keary In this practical guide, Kirsty Bashforth defines culture as being the amassed behaviour of people around a similar core set of values and beliefs.  From this base she applies it to organizations in the form of a culture shift or doing…

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Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

Authors – Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake Book discussed – 9 October 2018 Review by – John Keary This book written by two economists has the potential to be a dry tome, but instead, it represents a fundamental challenge to the way that we think about the firm. On that basis alone, it should be…

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What Philosophy Can Teach You about Being a Better Leader

Authors – Alison Reynolds, Dominic Houlder, Jules Goddard and David Lewis Book discussed – 21 January 2020 Review by – Andrew Parrock Modern workplaces are dehumanised with people only being treated as ‘resources.’ The authors turn to moral philosophy, which seeks to understand what is ‘good’ for human beings; meaning that which allows people to…

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Building Digital Culture: A Practical Guide to Successful Digital Transformation

Author – Daniel Rowles and Thomas Brown Book discussed – 22 January 2019 Review by – Mae Keary This book serves as a wakeup call for organizations who use digital tools and are finding it difficult to manage their integration into the business culture.  It is readable and the language easy to understand, which makes it…

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The Everyday Leader: How to Motivate, Empower and Influence Those Around You

Authors – John Cross, Rafael Gomez & Kevin Money Book discussed – 19 November 2019 Review by – John Keary There are over 57,000 books listed on Amazon with leadership in the title: does the World need another? The Everyday Leader makes the case for leadership by anyone, in a wide range of situations –…

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Keys to success: 50 secrets from a business maverick

Author – John Timpson Book discussed – 27 November 2018 Review by – Mae Keary A very practical book, which describes the way that Timpson’s run their business.  It is based on 50 management secrets that form the management style of this organisation. John claims that in writing up the detail for each of these 50…

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Humane Capital: how to create a management shift to transform performance and profit

Author – Vlatka Hlupic Book discussed, 9 April 2019 Review by, Nanette Young We read and discussed Vlatka’s book “The Management Shift “ in 2015, her latest book “Humane Capital” sign posts leaders, to further giant steps, on the road to the successful organisation. Many governments and businesses would find “Humane Capital” excellent guidance for…

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Inclusive Talent Management: how business can thrive in an age of diversity

Author – Stephen Frost and Danny KalmanBook discussed, 23 July 2019Review by, Andrew Parrock  This book tells the story of diversity in organisations, how it evolves over time from a ‘box-ticking and quotas’ system imposed on an organisation (diversity 1.0), through a process that could add value, but still needs to be imposed and actively managed…

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