How Companies Can Overcome the Pitfalls of Globalization

Global Vision by Robert Salomon

In an increasingly interconnected world, managers frequently turn to global markets as a means of achieving profitability and growth targets despite accumulating evidence that globalizing is fraught with risk. In the last 20 years alone, high-profile companies like Tesco, IKEA, AES and Walmart (among others) have been hobbled by globalization.

Global Vision offers a lens through which to view globalization in a new and compelling way, helping managers understand the risks associated with globalization while equipping them with the necessary tools to overcome those risks. Author Robert Salomon defines country institutions across political, economic and cultural dimensions and demonstrates how to measure them so that managers can estimate the risks that institutional differences pose to global companies. Global Vision will help unlock the mysteries of globalization using a framework and a tool –– Global Acumen –– that managers can immediately apply to successfully navigate globalization’s institutional hazards.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to assess institutional distance.
• How to make better-informed, smarter globalization decisions.
• How to select the appropriate mode of entry into foreign markets.
• How to optimally structure your global operations.

What are the five stages in the evolution of leadership?

For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders — individually and collectively — and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage. This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features the first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership — one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century, the five stages in the evolution of leadership — Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral and Unitive — along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages, six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace and more.

Mastering Leadership provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations.

How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

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Would you like to be present and connect more effectively, all while being as productive as possible? 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time introduces you to the five different gears, or mindsets, that carry you through various facets of your day, and teaches you to shift into the right gear at the right time so that you can grow in your relational intelligence and increase your influence.

All too often people go through life without truly connecting and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you; explore why some people stay disconnected from the people and events around them and why others always seem to have a deep connection to their friends, family and surroundings; learn how to set triggers and markers that help you shift into the right gears at the right time, which will increase your relational dynamics and make you more productive; create positive change in the dynamics of your relationships; and improve your respect and influence.

5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to live and lead connected.

Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

In Disrupt You!, Jay Samit, a digital-media expert who has launched, grown and sold startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses. He reveals how specific strategies that help companies flourish can be applied at an individual level to help anyone achieve success and lasting prosperity –– without needing to raise funds from outside investors. Incorporating stories and anecdotes from innovators and disruptive businesses, Samit shows…

 

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A Radical Approach to the Design of the Sales Function

In The Machine, Justin Roff-Marsh shows readers how to follow the intrepid executives who have implemented his ideas over the last 15 years, building ridiculously efficient sales functions –– and market-dominating enterprises –– as a consequence.Roff-Marsh calls these executives his silent revolutionaries.

For the last 20 years, organizations’ ability to produce has overtaken their ability to sell, and, for at least as long, customers have unfailingly embraced every opportunity to avoid interacting with traditional field salespeople.

Applying the division of labor to sales might not seem controversial, but this innocent-sounding idea decimates the sales management orthodoxy and replaces it with a strange new world where sales is primarily an inside activity, where salespeople earn fixed salaries and focus their attention exclusively on selling conversations, where regional sales offices become redundant, and where marketing and engineering become seamlessly integrated with sales.

The Machine is a field guide for the executive who’s prepared to wrestle sales away from autonomous field-based artisans in favor of a tightly synchronized team of specialists. Readers will embrace The Machine either to exploit the new sales order or to avoid falling victim to it.

In this summary, you will learn:

• Why a centrally coordinated team should be responsible for sales.
• The four key principles for applying the division of labor to sales.
• A model for creating the new sales environment in your organization.
• To generate sales opportunities and manage the sales function.

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How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses

What’s the surest way to startup failure? Follow old, outdated rules. In Content Inc., one of today’s most sought-after content-marketing strategists reveals a new model for entrepreneurial success.

Author Joe Pulizzi flips the traditional entrepreneurial approach of first creating a product and then trying to find customers. It’s a brilliant reverse-engineering of a model that rarely succeeds. Today’s markets are more dynamic and customers are more fickle than ever before. Why would you put all your eggs in one basket before securing a loyal customer base? Content Inc. shows you how to get customers first and develop products later. It’s the best way to build a solid, long-lasting business positioned for today’s content-driven world.

A pioneer of content marketing, Pulizzi has cracked the code when it comes to the power of content in a world where marketers still hold fast to traditional models that no longer work. In Content Inc., he breaks down the business-startup process into six steps, making it simple for you to visualize, launch and monetize your own business.

Whether you’re seeking to start a brand-new business or drive innovation in an existing one, Content Inc. provides everything you need to reverse-engineer the traditional entrepreneurial model for better, more sustainable success.

In this summary, you will learn:

  • Why you should build an audience before you develop products.
  • The three ingredients of the “sweet spot” and how to find them.
  • How to develop unique content and find your audience.
  • How to diversify your offerings.
  • Various strategies for monetizing your Content Inc. model.

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Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

Professional athletes, surgeons, first responders –– all perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. Why do they thrive under pressure, while others succumb? What separates the two is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to naturally exude an inner strength –– but studies show that resilience is something that anyone can build.

Analyzing the heroic exploits of U.S. Navy Seals and others who succeed against all odds, Stronger identifies five factors that combine to unlock deep reserves of personal power: active optimism –– believe that you can change things for the better; decisive action –– you can’t succeed if you don’t take the leap; moral compass –– face any challenge with clear guiding principles; relentless tenacity –– try, try again; interpersonal support –– gain strength from those around you.

Drawing on the unique perspective of a standout team of authors (a stress-management expert, a skilled entrepreneur and a Navy SEAL), Stronger explores the science behind resilience and explains how you can develop this vital trait for yourself. Whatever your profession, today’s demanding world calls for a special kind of strength. Stronger holds the key.

In this summary, you will learn:

  • The five sequential factors of personal resilience.
  • The difference between active and passive optimism.
  • The elements of a strong moral compass.
  • How to be tenacious and gain support for your efforts.
  • Frameworks and prescriptions for practicing the factors of personal resilience.

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How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

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When Robin Chase co-founded Zipcar, she not only started a business but established the foundation for one of the most important economic and social ideas of our time: the collaborative economy. With this important book, she broadens our thinking about the ways in which the economy is being transformed and shows how the Peers Inc model is changing the very nature of capitalism.

In Peers Inc, Robin Chase brings her provocative insights to show how focusing on excess capacity transforms the economics of what’s possible and delivers abundance to all; how the new collaboration between the Inc and the Peers enables companies to grow more quickly, learn faster and deliver smarter products and services; how the Peers Inc model can help legacy companies overcome their shortening life cycle by inviting innovation and evolution; and more.

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  • The potential of “the three miracles”: excess capacity, platforms and peers.
  • The process of building a Peers Inc organization.
  • How legacy organizations can respond to the new Peers Inc economy.
  • Potential roles of government and financing in the Peers Inc model.

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The Best Business Books of 2015 (Part II)

As promised, here are the other 15 titles that made our Best Business Book of 2015 list, including our December titles that were just released over the weekend.

The New IT by Jill Dyche – Jill Dyché provides a new business model for building and strengthening the role of IT. By using field-tested techniques to align your IT department with your corporate objectives, you can leverage the power of technology across the entire company.

Design to Grow by Linda Tischler & David Butler – David Butler and Linda Tischler share the successes and failures of Coca-Cola as this large, global company learned to use design to create both scale and agility.

Make It Matter by Scott Mautz – Scott Mautz reveals that fostering meaning at work by giving workers a greater sense of significance is the key to motivation and engagement.

The High-Speed Company by Jason Jennings & Laurence Haughton – Jennings and Haughton share strategies and practices demonstrated by businesses with proven records of creating cultures with strong purpose, trust and follow-through.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz – Ben Horowitz tells it straight as he shares insights gained from developing, managing, selling, buying investing in and supervising technology companies.

Learning to Succeed by Jason Wingard – Corporate learning expert Jason Wingard proposes that to keep ahead of the competition, organizations should shift to embracing learning across the ranks and become dynamic learning organizations.

The Lean CEO by Jacob Stoller – Many companies and CEOs are finding that to do more with less, that they can find solutions in Lean management techniques to deliver sustainable financial results, empower and motivate employees, break down internal silos and build solid partnerships with customers and suppliers.

The Good Ones by Bruce Weinstein – Ethics expert Bruce Weinstein presents 10 crucial qualities associated with high-character employees that can enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships and the bottom line.

The Attacker’s Advantage by Ram Charan – Ram Charan provides proven tools to help leaders embrace uncertainty and develop the skills to be better prepared to lead.

Persuasion Equation by Mark Rodgers – This insightful guide by Mark Rodgers reveals what drives decisions and introduces the persuasion equation –– a powerful combination of factors proven to speed agreement.

Team Genius by Rich Karlgaard & Michael Malone – Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone focus on the critical role of Informal teams within the core of successful companies.

The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth – Bernie Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.school, offers a guide for harnessing the power of design thinking to help meet life’s challenges and fulfill goals.

The Four Lenses of Innovation by Rowan Gibson – Rowan Gibson presents an innovation methodology for systematically stretching your thinking, discovering inspiring new insights and producing a portfolio of high-quality ideas and radically new growth opportunities.

Stronger by George Everly, Douglas Strouse & Dennis McCormack – Personal resilience is the ability to bounce back in the wake of adversity. The authors share a set of five core factors that protect successful people against psychological distress and emotional injury.

Peers Inc by Robin Chase – A co-founder of Zipcar, Robin Chase, introduces the collaborative economy in which companies and governments are using the Internet’s ability to facilitate collaboration by leveraging expertise, assets and resources outside their sphere of control.

What 2015 books have you found to be most helpful in your business and career over the past year? Post your choices to the blog.

 

Book Review: Bringing Strategy Back

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by Jeffrey Sampler

When the world of business is so chaotic, leaders need strategy more than ever. However, the business environment is changing too quickly for conventional strategic planning processes. In Bringing Strategy Back, Sampler explains why strategy is more important than ever for your business. Strategy expert Jeffrey Sampler introduces four “strategic shock absorbers” that enable leaders to build resilient organizations that can withstand even the most unexpected global turbulence.

With four “strategic shock absorbers,” leaders all around the world at organizations of any size and type can build strong organizations that withstand chaos and instability. Based on the Sampler’s in-depth research into the world’s most unstable markets, these strategic shock absorbers work together in an ongoing process that can be applied to any organization: Accuracy, Agility, Momentum and Foresight. Of the four, agility helps leaders deliver with speed and flexibility in terms of strategic options. Leaders need to be able to act quickly using agility in unpredictable markets.

Businesses can’t afford to become stagnant in their strategic process in order to survive and thrive. Sampler says that giving up the old way of strategic planning can seem risky; however customizing the best approach for your business will make a positive difference. With this new framework, Bringing Strategy Back shows how to be prepared and proactive, rather than reactive, even when the future is uncertain.