Book Reviews

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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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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