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Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success (BK Life) Paperback – 1 Apr 2009

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Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program 'Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies' - considered the world's leading program on human resources. Lynda is the founder of The Hot Spots Movement and for over five years has led the Future of Work Research Consortium which has brought executives from more than 80 companies together both virtually and on a bespoke collaborative platform.

Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organizations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. They cover the link between business and HR strategy (Human Resource Strategy: corporate rhetoric, individual reality and Living Strategy), the new ways of working (The Democratic Enterprise), the rise of complex collaboration (Hot Spots and Glow) and the impact of a changing world on employment and work (The Shift). Lynda's case on BP won the EECH best case of the year, her article on 'signature processes' the MIT Sloan award, and in 2012 The Shift received the best business book of the year award in Japan. Her latest book The Key, which will be published in 2014, looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices, processes and leadership.

Lynda's work has been acknowledged globally - she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize. She was named by The Times/Harvard Business Review 'Business Thinkers 50' as one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. Lynda is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She serves as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel, chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School. In 2013 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by HR Magazine and equally in 2013 she was amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking.

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Glow Bestselling author Lynda Grattonone of the top twenty management thinkers in the world, according to the Financial Timesfollows up her bestseller Hot Spots (over 16,000 sold) by taking a deep look at people who GLOW. These are individuals in organizations who radiate energy and attract others to them, who can create, find, and flourish in hot spots of innovation. Drawing on years of original research, Gratton identifies three principles that people who glow live by. For each principle, she outlines three actions anyone can put it into practice, illustrated with dozens of examples and personal stories. If you can learn to glow, you will add tremendous value t...

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
And with one bound she was free 13 July 2009
By P MARTIN - Published on
Format: Paperback
Several years ago, I served as a mid-level VP at a large multinational company in New Jersey. Every month I read the Harvard Business Review religiously.

Why? Not because I thought it contained much of value - indeed, as a scientist by education, if not career, the pseudo-scientific method of many of HBR's papers is somewhat offensive to me, at least when it's not so blatant as to be amusing. No, I read it religiously because it kept me one step ahead of the curve. Whenever there was a reasonably plausible, well-presented finding published in that august journal, you could be reasonably sure that some soul on the Executive Floor, perhaps bored while taking the Executive jet to Washington, will have read the paper and decided that it was exactly the cure for whatever it was that seemed to ail us at the time (which in reality was urine poor management from the same Executive Floor). But having read the HBR I knew where the idea was coming from (rarely was the original source disclosed by its champion) and how it could be deflected harmlessly until the next HBR-sourced management fad took its place.

This book is even worse than the typical HBR article. At least in those articles the authors will usually present some empirical research which is then force fitted into some model of the authors' choosing, preferably one that will support a lucrative side line in consulting or some proprietary instrument that will generate revenues.

With "Glow" the tedious necessity for presenting and justifying the author's conclusions is neatly side-stepped:

"There are no references to other people's research or theories except when I have used direct quotes........I make little reference to my own research"

Nor does she try to justify her conclusions using any argumentation, whether based on anybody's research or just old fashioned logic.

Hence my comment that "with one bound she was free" - free to present breathlessly and with gusto her stunningly original thesis that talking to people, building networks and collaborating with people may be helpful. Well, yes, sometimes it is, but it's by no means a universal panacea.

Adherents and proponents of the discipline of Positive Psychology (among whom I number myself), of which this book could be considered the bastard stepchild, are currently considering an appropriate candidate for the 25th strength to be added to the current inventory of strengths. One proposal is for Critical Thinking, and this book unwittingly makes a strong case for this.

One source of mystery to me is why a book so devoid of merit as this one can garner so much positive comment - to the extent that it makes me wonder about the recommenders. I used to quite respect Stefan Stern. Now I don't.

Don't buy this book, unless like me with HBR, you need to understand the mind of the enemy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Old Rules that You Need to Review Every so Often 2 Feb. 2010
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of those little books that profess to teach you how to get along better in the workplace. It contains little that is new and exciting, little that reflects on breakthrough research findings. Instead, it discusses the basics of working together: talking to people, building networks and collaborating with others. These are not breakthrough concepts. Indeed they are concepts that should be recognized by anyone.

So why read it.

Several reasons:

While the concepts may not be new, they are none the less true and worth reviewing.

Her manner of expressing these concepts in practical and useful terms is quite good.

She recants several examples and personal stories that just may apply to your own situation.

It makes you want to review your present situation including profession, company, fellow workers and all the rest.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Strategy for Life 17 April 2009
By John Hughes - Published on
Format: Paperback
London Business School Professor Lynda Gratton has written a book that Deepak Chopra, Consciousness Guru, thinks is "marvellous!" This shows that Lynda is breaking new ground, sharing key insights from her research in a style and form that is relevant to improving your life, not just your work. The material is based on her groundbreaking and extensive research. The book is full of questions and diagnostics to help you focus on how to make improvements to your life and connect with your passion. Lynda places emphasis on three elements: the importance of "co-operation as a mindset", the excitement of entering new worlds through "boundary spanning" and the need to create a sense of "igniting purpose" to attract and inspire others.

Reading the book and completing the exercises helped me to rethink the way I connect my contacts - and this simple act has already helped me make changes - if I experience a sameold-sameold-groundhog conversation I take this as a signal to switch networks or invite someone else along next time. This is just one example of a book packed with insights.

The other point worth mentioning is the importance of creating an "igniting purpose" and how the habit of joining or creating causes with a purpose worth following again in itself makes life more interesting for ourselves and those around us.

Although Lynda is attempting a "Heineken" by taking her work to the places other business school professors just don't reach (for anyone old enough to remember the ads) I think her plan works really well. She has held true to her high standards of research and communication - for example when she talks about Homer, it is still the classical brainiac and not the Springfield hero.

I would recommend this to all people who are serious about making life stimulating, fun and worthwhile for themselves and those around them.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pick for any business library 19 July 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
GLOW: HOW YOU CAN RADIATE ENERGY, INNOVATION AND SUCCESS comes from a management school professor and offers accounts of teams and bosses that radiate enthusiasm and positive energy even under adversarial circumstances. It shows how to create and support empowering relationships and uses years of original research to identify three principles that lead to 'glow' and glowing results. From asking questions that spark energy and creativity to 'jumping across worlds', this provides an exceptional survey of how to capture 'glow' in a business effort, and is a pick for any business library.
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