Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

I came across this gem a few weeks ago as I was finishing a similar book, The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. (See My Review Here.) While both books follow a similar format: one strategic framework per two-page spread, they are created for different audiences. The Decision Book is designed for the proverbial ‘everyman’—the models are simple, widely applicable, and easy to digest. One does not have to

2018-01-01T17:41:23+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Management, Strategic Planning, Strategy|Comments Off on Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Zappos is known for delivering WOW service and having a great corporate culture. Customer-centricity is more prevalent (and easier to deliver) than employee-centricity so I was intrigued to learn more about Hsieh’s secret sauce. I’m a newbie to graphic novels but I admit, nothing delivers the goods or the guts more swiftly than a picture book. And that’s exactly what I wanted. There’s more than a few great sound bites

2018-01-01T17:30:20+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Novel|Comments Off on Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

We’ve all become familiar with the statement “content is king” particularly as it relates to digital content. The Internet has brought about one mega-monstrosity of a global “data dump” right into our homes, bringing us everything we want—and everything we don’t want too. Some of the content is excellent, other content is poor—all of it is easily accessible. There is no doubt that the overabundance of information available to us

2018-01-01T17:04:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Innovation, Management|Comments Off on Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Maybe it’s because I’ve always known my brain was terribly flawed. Or because I’ve spent a lifetime wading in complexity and finding my way through it successfully with planning and organization tools that this author’s argument—that we can overcome complexity and minimize errors in medicine, government, disaster recovery and more by utilizing checklists—fell flat on me. I just couldn’t help but scratch my head: “do professionals not already know this?”

2018-01-01T16:53:40+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Administration & Policy, Book Review|Comments Off on Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Review: Business Model Generation

“Are you an entrepreneurial spirit?” “Are you constantly thinking about how to create value and build new businesses, or how to improve or transform your organization?” “Are you trying to find innovative ways of doing business to replace old, outdated ones?” If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the authors of Business Model Generation, welcome you to their tribe. (And thank you for picking up their book.) Business

2018-01-01T16:41:33+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Review: Business Model Generation

Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

I’ve irked more than a few people over the years sharing my views on innovation. Specifically, that if we could simply remove our “industry blinders” that prevent us from seeing the world untainted by our experiences and built-up perspectives, disruption shouldn’t occur—i.e., that all innovation builds on prior innovations. It doesn’t drop from out of nowhere, like a meteor. I never had a good way of explaining my thoughts of

2017-12-21T14:02:42+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Book Review, History, Innovation, Technology|Comments Off on Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

As the queen of the one-pager, it’s no wonder I am totally in love with this book—every two-page spread covers a strategic model to help frame your problem and your thinking. I know, right? How cool is that?! Not all the models are equally useful, but each serves an important job: they inspire you to act—to rally the team, gather around a whiteboard, and get going on ideating and problem-solving.

2017-12-13T12:37:07+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Book Review, Decision Making, Problem Solving|Comments Off on Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Like becoming a parent, there are no requirements or required education to becoming a startup founder. In both cases, the job starts with a “seed”—in the case of the startup, a good idea—that grows. Lack of preparedness leaves a lot of newbies in the lurch—how does one do the basics of baby raising or business building? I can’t speak to baby raising but I do a lot of business building

2017-11-26T13:15:15+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics|Comments Off on Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think. Organizational expert Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, marry organizational behavior, social psychology, and behavioral economics to help us understand the irrational thinking that plagues us all. Sway is a delightful, easy read. The authors make their point through the heavy use of research,

2017-11-18T20:14:27+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Book Review, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Review: The Art of Choosing

The name is a bit of a misnomer, the book is less about the art of choice and more about the psychology of choice brought to life through her many experiments—particularly related to consumer choice. Iyengar is the researcher behind the famous jam study, in which shoppers could sample either 6 or 24 different varieties of jam at a grocery store, which led to six times more purchases when fewer

2017-11-16T00:10:49+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making|Comments Off on Review: The Art of Choosing
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