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Betterness: Economics for Humans (Kindle Single)
Betterness: Economics for Humans (Kindle Single)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 Feb 2012
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This is a relatively quick read - but it is excellent.

Full of great context and ideas - well explained.

There's subtlety in the idea of business becoming more social, more conscious, more ethical or "better" - whatever you want to call it. And Umair does a great job of making this subtlety plain - it requires a paradigm shift, not just harder thinking within our current models.

I also liked the sections around reinventing how we think about strategy, business vision and mission. Some really painful examples of mission statements from the 1990s!

If you are interested in how a tidal wave of activity is hitting business in the next few years - this is a great starting point.


Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 Feb 2012
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Simply, put this is a great book. Rumelt cuts through so much waffle - all the over-complex models and all that are seen to be pretty much unnecessary when replaced by a little straightforward thinking.

A great book to complement more subtle appreciations of the human dynamics in business.


Beyond the Corporation: Humanity Working
Beyond the Corporation: Humanity Working
by David Erdal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 5 Dec 2011
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The best book I have read for a long time.

I enjoyed it so much I think because it combines so many things I enjoy in a book:

- an emotionally powerful story - of hardship and hope
- detailed explanation of the issues involved, and a rigorous analysis of them
- the breaking of many, many much beloved myths
- advice for those who want to get on and do it
- a simple set of inspiring but practical actions

Buy it, read it, give it to a friend.

Failing that go to the employee ownership website and get involved!


The Art of Happiness at Work
The Art of Happiness at Work
by The Dalai Lama
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 21 Nov 2011
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I can't quite believe I have never reviewed this.

It is such a good book and underpins so much of what we now know about the way work is evolving.

Written as dialogue, it is never dry - and always inspiring.


Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
by Robert Kegan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely marvellous, 21 Nov 2011
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I can't really fault this book - except to say that some of the same material is covered in different ways in an earlier book: How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation.

The whole concept is great - that we can only really change our organisations if we are prepared to step up and change ourselves first.

And the book then gives really practical advice on how to do that.

Simply loved it.


Mind-Ful Consulting
Mind-Ful Consulting
by Sue Whittle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 21 Nov 2011
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This is a terrific book.

It is a collection of essays by people who completed the Tavistock Institute's training on organisational consulting, it gives a good sense of what that training involves, through the medium of real live consulting case-studies.

If you are interested what goes on below the waterline in organisations it well worth a careful read.


Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths
by Alan Carr
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview, 21 Nov 2011
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Absolutely marvellous review of the field.

Very comprehensive, clear and a great reference source.

Very clear and complete.

I especially liked the information on therapy.


Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
by Gordon MacKenzie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.25

4.0 out of 5 stars What school does to us, 21 Nov 2011
Excellent book on creativity and why we don't have any left after years of schooling.

I really liked his story of how when asked whether they are creative year by year children show less and hands as they get older.

Also interesting on the greetings card business.


Thinking in Systems: A Primer
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
by Diana Wright
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Nov 2011
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A wonderful book.

This book explained to me why other people don't understand me some of the time! What could be better than that.

It's a great introduction to systems thinking and applying it to social and other problems.


Egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability)
Egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability)
by Dave Marcum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, 21 Nov 2011
Great little book on the ego. The first half is a bit dull but the latter half is excellent.

Lot's of stories and facts and figures if you like that kind of thing. In the style of Malcolm Gladwell et al.


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