New Summary: Digital @ Scale by Jürgen Meffert and Anand Swaminathan

61pYjiQ3W+L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ Everybody talks about digital. But few talk about scaling a full-blown transformation and what it takes. This is no longer about how to quickly grab the attention of the customer or clean up the back office. Organizations need to unlock the full value of digital to reap its true benefits. Jürgen Meffert and Anand Swaminathan, along with some of the top experts in the field, have put together a practical guide to embark on your digital journey and scale it successfully. In Digital@Scale, the authors and contributors walk you through the three pillars of a successful transformation: (1) reinventing the business model, (2) redesigning business architecture, and (3) evolving the foundation of business and the organization with technology. Digital transformation is necessary across every industry, and will change the entire working ecosystem, including the addition of new positions such as the Chief Digital Officer and the Information Technology department. This is your digital playbook as you navigate through those changes.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to build a three-stage structure to help prioritize strategic and operational tasks that will digitize your company.
• To understand the roles and importance of new technological positions, such as the IT department and chief digital officer.
• To set digital milestones to track your progress as you transform the company.
• To rethink traditional business architecture while redesigning an agile organization

New summary posted! The Leading Brain by Friederike Fabritius & Dr. Hans W. Hagemann

readinglist_leadingbrainOur understanding of how the brain works has radically shifted, exploding long-held myths and fundamentally changing the way we interact and succeed in the workplace. In The Leading Brain, neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius and leadership expert Dr. Hans W. Hagemann present simple yet powerful strategies for sharpening focus, learning and retaining information more efficiently, improving complex decision-making, cultivating trust and building strong teams. Based on the authors’ popular leadership programs, which have been delivered to tens of thousands of leaders all over the word, this clear, insightful and informed guide will help both individuals and teams perform at their maximum potential, delivering extraordinary results. Effective leadership is a science, which shouldn’t be dependent on buzzwords or slogans. It should be based on a bedrock foundation of our understanding of the brain. Thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience, we no longer have to merely speculate on the behavior of our brains. What we’ve learned from rigorous scientific studies has the potential to radically change the way we lead and succeed.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How understanding neurochemistry can help you achieve peak performance.
• How to retrain your brain to sharpen your focus and regulate your emotions.
• How to develop new and better habits.
• How to harness the power of unconscious decision-making.
• How to improve the learning process for yourself and your team

New summary posted! Lifestorming by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith

Image result for lifestorming Alan Weiss and Marshall GoldsmithLifestorming is your practical guide to becoming the person you want to be. You will discover what it takes to redesign your life, friends, behaviors and beliefs in order to move closer to your goals. While change is not easy, it is possible. You will discover a new way to think about your goals — why you chose them, how you can achieve them and (critically) how they can evolve over time to reflect your changing priorities. Lifestorming will help you assess your current state in concrete terms and determine your ability to change and adapt. Then, you can purposefully identify the people, actions, habits and beliefs that either support your personal and professional growth or hold you back from reaching your goals. Outlined here are six building blocks of character that will help you to challenge your belief system, develop a leadership mindset and overcome the stumbling blocks that keep you from success. You’ll map out an action plan and learn how to continually move forward at work, at home and in everyday life.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to set the course of a personal evolutionary journey while being aware of outside forces that can influence the journey along the way.
• To recognize when changes in your behaviors are needed and how to evolve them into aspiration-appropriate behaviors.
• To build character in a way that allows you to reach your full potential and create the future you desire and deserve.
• To understand that legacies are created day by day, and how your behaviors and decisions are building that legacy.

New summary posted! Victory Through Organization by Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockband

51DipQ1XeyL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_For the past two decades, business leaders and human resources professionals have been consumed with the war for talent, investing vast sums of money to bring in and manage people. The groundbreaking research in Victory Through Organization reveals that winning the war for talent requires more than managing people; it requires an organization that turns individual people into organizational capabilities. Data from more than 32,000 people in 1,200 businesses reveal that an organization has four times the impact on business performance compared with individual talent. Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank, who are professors and advisers to hundreds of companies, have studied the competencies of HR professionals for more than 30 years. With new insights from David Kryscynski and Mike Ulrich, their team collected data from more than 32,000 respondents to determine how HR can deliver both individual competence and organizational capability to add tangible value to key stakeholders as well as to short-term business results. Through this framework, you’ll focus on the workplace as much as on the workforce, on process as much as on people, on organizational capabilities as much as on individual competencies. Victory Through Organization is ideal for business and HR executives charged with building a more effective HR department and HR practices, and it is an essential guide for any HR professional committed to creating value.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to upgrade your HR professionals by determining which HR competencies have the most impact on personal effectiveness, stakeholder outcomes and business results. • To recognize the key ingredients of a more effective HR department with a focus on assessing business information and offering integrated HR solutions.

New Executive Summary posted: No Limits by John C. Maxwell

nolimitsWe often treat the word “capacity” as if it were a natural low of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off-limits rather than what’s really possible. Could it be that many of us have failed to expand our potential because we have allowed what we perceive as capacity to define us? What if our limits are not really our limits? In No Limits, leadership expert John C. Maxwell identifies the abilities and choices that make up our capacity. Some are things we all already possess, such as energy, creativity and leadership. Others are things we must choose, such as attitude, character and intentionality. Maxwell examines each of these capacities and provides rich insight on self-awareness as well as clean and actionable advice on how you can increase your potential. He teaches you how to identify, grow and apply your critical capabilities. Once you’ve blown the “cap” off your capabilities, you’ll find yourself more successful — and fulfilled — in your daily life.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• To become aware of the possibilities that can increase your capacity and make you better by recognizing your value through self-awareness.
• How to identify and develop the capacities that are already within you and understand how each capacity works together to improve you and your life.
• To make smart choices that allow you to reach your fullest potential

New Summary posted! The Future-Proof Workplace by Linda Sharkey and Morag Barrett

111928757XNobody can really be sure what tomorrow will bring — what game-changing technology, history-shaping demographic shifts or unanticipated market forces will emerge or how they’ll impact the way we work and lead. But, what we do know for certain is that the future will be different from what we’ve known; it’s already taking shape right before our eyes, and if we don’t prepare for it now, we can surrender any hope of our organizations surviving or thriving tomorrow. In The Future-Proof Workplace, you’ll discover how emerging technologies and advances in neuroscience research are toppling 20th-century organizational paradigms and transforming the way we work. And you’ll find out how yesterday’s biases are being replaced by tomorrow’s values, culture and relationships. In addition, you will learn to look deep into the heart of your company to determine if it’s ready and willing to adapt to the purpose-driven business paradigm of the future. You’ll gain powerful insights into the new organizational models that are coming into being at the most successful, forward-thinking companies worldwide. And you’ll learn to identify and seize the bold, new opportunities that 21st-century organizational structures will offer.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to assess and reshape your company for tomorrow’s challenges, today.
• The six factors of change that must be addressed to remain competitive.
• How to adjust your leadership style for the 21st century.
• How to embrace technology rather than shying away from it

New Executive Summary: Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Executive-Presence-280Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the world’s most influential business thinkers, cracks the code of Executive Presence (EP) for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives. You might have the qualifications to be considered for your dream job, but you won’t get far unless you can signal that you’re “leadership material” and that you “have what it takes.” Professionals are judged on presence as well as on performance. Using a wealth of hard data, Hewlett reveals EP to be a dynamic mix of three things: how you act (gravitas), how you speak (communication) and how you look (appearance). Executive Presence is immensely practical. Hewlett teases out tactics that can help you raise your game and close the gap between merit and success. She offers the unvarnished advice you won’t get from supportive friends and tackles head-on such touchy subjects as too-tight clothing and too-shrill voices. She shows how the standards for EP vary for men, women, multicultural and LGBT employees, and she shares how to get meaningful feedback from politically correct bosses intent on avoiding the real issues. With hard facts and vivid examples, Hewlett shows you how to ace EP and fully realize your unique potential — no matter who you are, no matter where you work.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• Why gravitas is the core characteristic of executive presence.
• The six key elements of communicating with executive presence.
• How to balance authenticity with conformity in the business world, no matter who you are.

New Summary: The Spark and the Grind by Erik Wahl

the-spark-and-the-grind-hardcover-whiteWe’ve been conditioned to think about creative genius as a dichotomy: dreamers versus doers, the spark of inspiration versus the grind of hard work. But what if we’re wrong? What if it’s the spark and the grind? Erik Wahl, a visual artist, speaker and entrepreneur, helps us unite the yin and the yang of creativity — the dynamic new ideas with the dogged effort. He shows why we won’t get far if we rely on the spark without the grind or the grind without the spark. What the world really needs are the creators who can hold the two in balance to further innovation. Wahl offers surprising insights and practical advice about how to fan the sparks and make the grind more productive. He deftly synthesizes the wisdom of other artists, philosophers, scientists and business visionaries throughout history, and adds the secrets of his own practice. If you want to ensure constant creativity in your life and produce your most innovative work — this is your guide.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• To discover the creativity within yourself, as well as how to harness and cultivate that creative spark into something tangible.
• To trust the unpredictable nature of the creative process, and then develop a disciplined routine that will strengthen your creative drive.
• To embrace the unfamiliar, take risks and find comfort in being an amateur knowing that the unknown can only fuel those creative sparks.

New Summary: The High-Potential Leader by Ram Charan with Geri Willigan

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Companies need a new kind of leader to meet the enormous challenges of today’s fast-moving business world. Whether you have potential to step up and lead or are charged with finding those who can, The High-Potential Leader is your authoritative guide. Known for his coaching work with many of the world’s leading CEOs, bestselling author Ram Charan explains how “hipos” can know who they are, create their individual path and accelerate their growth. The book also helps top management and human resource professionals cultivate in their hipos the skills, judgment and mental capacity needed at the highest levels. This hands-on guidebook contains practical advice for making daily progress toward running a large team, business unit or company, a framework for deciding when and how to make job changes that speed up development and firsthand examples and lessons learned from top leaders around the world in a variety of industries.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• To build the skills and capabilities you need to be a high-potential leader.
• When to make big moves that will get you ready and battle test you.
• How to redefine leadership potential.
• How to rethink your role in supporting high-potential leaders.

New Executive Summary: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

bigBookWhat if, rather than you serving your business, your business served you? What if you could turn a profit from your very next deposit? And what if you had the power to guarantee that profitability? It’s possible, and the solution is simpler than you think. Mike Michalowicz, the author of perennial bestsellers The Pumpkin Plan, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and Surge, has developed a counter-intuitive cash-management system that has helped tens of thousands of small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability. Now, you can do it too. Treating profit like an afterthought, secondary to growth, usually has the effect of running your business into the ground. Profit First takes a behavioral approach to accounting and flips the formula: Sales – Profit = Expenses. Just as one of the most effective weight-loss strategies is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows how to take profit first and spend only what remains on expenses. With this one change, you will instantly transform your business from a cash-eating monster to a profitable cash cow.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Why following four principles can simplify accounting and make it far easier to manage a profitable business by just looking at bank account balances.
• How taking your profit first both enforces frugality and inspires industry-changing innovation.
• That a small, consistently profitable business can be worth much more than a large business that struggles to sustain itself.