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Culture Shock: A Handbook For 21st Century Business Hardcover – 10 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (10 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118312430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118312438
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′An inspiring and provocative read. This is a story that needed to be told, a timely lesson in the value of openness. (FS tech, August 2012)

McInnes presents a fresh perspective that is hugely inspiring Culture Shock is bursting full of energetic, practical and innovative thoughts and theories to help you refresh the air, spice up the ideas and get people excited once more.   (HR, October 2012)

You can t help but be fired up by McInnes call to action Culture Shock provides practical steps to implement radical chance in your business today
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It may be my time of life (definitely middle-aged), length of time working in the commercial world (nearly 20 years) or simply the perilous economic state many parts of the world finds themselves in, but almost every part Culture Shock resonated with me. WIll McInnes not only outlines a new model for business moving forward - one that is based on openness, honesty, fairness and a focus on the pursuit of meaningful goals rather than the pure financial - but provides practical hints and tips based on examples of genuine, globally successful organisations and his own experience of putting much of his advice into practice in his own business. It's this that takes Culture Shock beyond the purely theoretical and which, in my view, makes the book inspirational in the true sense of the world. For me, at least, it will be making me change my outlook and my behaviour. In fact, it already has.
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Very limited in its case studies - they tend to focus on small, startup-type organisations and so there's quite a lot of interpretation. Some interesting premises though, and worth a skim if not a careful read.
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Disclaimer: I know Will. We work in the same town, in the same line of business and have evolved our approaches in parallel, you might say. We're different in our views - but it is fair to say we share many values and models for understanding the world.

That said, he wouldn't want me to be anything but honest...

So, who should read Culture Shock?

If there's a spectrum of people starting with people deeply interested I ideas like democratic workplaces and ethical business and at the other end people who people who stress the primacy of the market and the progressive, positive influence of its invisible hand, then it will be people who lean towards the former that will get the most from this book.

It's a rallying call to sympathetic souls, to galvanise and have the courage of their beliefs to try and create different types of businesses.

In an endorsement at the start, Dan McQuillan nails it when he calls Culture Shock "the field notes of a pioneer".

Will has absorbed the best books from Semler to Hsieh, the best case studies - from Noma to Gore - and spent the last decade or so putting them into practice in his own business.

The book is a rich seam of thinking, evidence and management how-to guides. If you are interested in how a transparent, democratic business might work, this book will tell you. And then give some evidence. Actually, the number of strong case studies is really impressive, and while you may have heard a couple there were a lot that were new to me and probably will be to you.

It is also completely without guile. This is not a self-consciously clever book, it is just clever. Though it was written by a talented public speaker it is not rhetorical - it is plain spoken, direct and practical.
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Author, Will McInnes could be described as a 'business geek'. In his best selling book Culture Shock, the author delves into Business best practice, relevant both here in Europe and in the US, and offers an enlightened and holistic approach to business development. An approach which is relevant to both small organisations and large corporations. McInnes favours an enlightened 'Ernest Shackleton' approach to management. Best described as a hands on egalitarian style which incorporates direction from above with an inclusiveness and respect for those involved in the business lower down the pecking order. It's a business strategy at odds with the boorish Alan Sugar philosophy which is now incredibly outdated in the 21st century. While dinosaurs like Sugar still roam the earth, the future is with the McInnes's of the business world...surely?
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There are some very thorough reviews here from people of a sympathetic leaning, in business, but I'd like to add something a bit different. While the very format of the book undoubtedly makes it a useful practical guide for people who want to do business differently - I think its relevance goes beyond business people.
At the risk of sounding a bit daft "I read the book and it changed my life". As a part time, self employed working from home mum/payment tech consultant, I felt a bit stuck. I work remotely for a great bunch of people and I love the flexibility that my work affords as my children are at primary school. But I was a bit bored and it seemed that all the interesting meet ups happen in the city (Sydney) just when I need and want to be at home with the family.
There is something so insistent about Culture Shock though - the collection of ideas and examples - the momentum - this sense that the velocity of change is accelerating, that it pushed me out of my boredom and made me look for something I could do to be part of this change.
I can pin point that moment to reading a sentence where Will addresses his audience as "leaders". I'm a big Jane Austen fan and it felt like a modern equivalent of her "Dear reader" engaging and confessional. Reading Culture Shock made me feel responsible.
And of course there are always things you can do on your door step to help;I'm introducing ethics classes to the largest primary school on Sydney's Northern Beaches and it will help grow a generation of children who won't just accept the status quo. They'll question and reason and develop new and better ways of doing things.
Culture Shock is an empowering read and its relevance is certainly not restricted to people in business.
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