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The Looming Corporate Calamity: Restoring Corporate Legitimacy
The Looming Corporate Calamity: Restoring Corporate Legitimacy
by Richard Tudway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, accessible argument for greater democratic governance of our large corporates, 20 July 2015
The question of who controls, owns and runs our companies is at the very heart of the debate around neo-liberal vs stakeholder capitalism. This is an informed, critical and refreshingly accessible introduction to the topic for those who wish to become more familiar with the debates in this area. Richard is clearly arguing for a particular viewpoint in this controversy, claiming that companies need to be subject to more democratic governance structures and he offers a wealth of information and case studies to illustrate and support his points. It is written in a textbook style with some thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter either to reflect upon or to serve as a discussion for a study group or classroom. Richard challenges the notion that shareholders 'own' the company - this was one of the most revelatory ideas in the book


Breaking the Addiction to Process: An Introduction to Agile Project Management
Breaking the Addiction to Process: An Introduction to Agile Project Management
by It Governance
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, informative and enjoyable read, 4 Jun. 2011
I read this book very quickly. It's packed full of information with lots of stories from people who use Agile in their organisations. You will come away with many useful tips about how to start putting Agile principles into practice. But its not simplistic. Thomas manages to convey that this is as much about mindset as it is about technique. If you've ever worked on a project that failed and you still haven't worked out why or what you could have done differently, this is the book for you. If you want to spend a little time getting up-to-date with the latest management thinking this is the perfect solution. Enjoy!


Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities
Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities
by Adam Kahane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Inspiring, 8 Jan. 2010
I use this book all the time on courses - as an academic and consultant. Kahane links theory and practice beautifully. You can use the book to illustrate perspectives on complexity, dialogue, learning and spirituality whilst also demonstrating how these approaches are both hard-headed and very practical. I quote him extensively in my own book and sometimes read him just to get much needed inspiration and energy.


Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults : Who Am I What Do I Want How Do I Get It
Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults : Who Am I What Do I Want How Do I Get It
by Mindy Bingham
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal gift for a young person, 28 Aug. 2007
I have been using this book for a number of young people - nieces, nephews, children of friends and my own children. It is a very practical and accessible resource that helps readers identify their own talents, skills, values, preferences and personality characteristics. The exercises are clearly laid out and easy to complete. The young person is encouraged to articulate their vision and to question beliefs and values that they may have unquestioningly absorbed from peers or TV. Young people come away with a greater understanding of themselves and their talents and a broader sense of what it is possible to achieve. They also grow in confidence. Completing the book and identifying a vision can motivate young people to get through difficult school years.


Informal Coalitions: Mastering the Hidden Dynamics of Organizational Change
Informal Coalitions: Mastering the Hidden Dynamics of Organizational Change
by Chris Rodgers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £43.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, practical and inspiring, 7 Feb. 2007
This book describes the organisations that I know - full of people trying to get things done but constantly tripping over the hidden and messy forces that seem to get in the way. Other people might refer to these forces as the shadow side of organisations but Chris legitimises them. For example, he sees `acting politically' as a central element of effective leadership. Rather than shying away from power and politics he looks at how we can harness them to create positive change. He examines the psycho-social elements of culture showing how defensiveness, resistance and the need to survive infuse most organisational acts. Basing his insights on chaos theory, he shows how building relationships and generating conversations are the central ingredients for building trust, shifting mind sets and promoting change. Chris' book is empowering precisely because it looks at the negative elements of organisational life as inevitable but not insurmountable. He does not preach; he does not bemoan; but nor does he deny the reality of organisations. Instead, with great insight and depth of understanding he shows how we can enact positive and creative futures simply by building informal coalitions.


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