Culture Shock: A Handbook For 21st Century Business Hardcover – 10 Aug 2012
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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 (Talk Business, October 2012)
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
McInnes challenges the current view that the best measure of whether an organisation is successful is shareholder value. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Purpleheart
This is one lovely book, nice quality paper, great quality printing, and I was absolutely hooked by it...couldnt put it down. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Hammond
I quite approve of some of the concepts, putting ideas other than pure profit in the goals of a business, and integrating consideration of employees and the speed of information in... Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by David Burton
This book tries hard to be knowledgeable.
For me it failed because I have a business in the Middle East and there was very little in this book that reflected or... Read more
I really think this book is accessible to both those who have been around the block in business, and those who are just entering the world of business, whether after studying... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by CT
The review on Amazon of this book says 'There's a revolution afoot . . . don't be left behind. A new dawn has broken. Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by T. S. C.
Culture Shock is an interesting book and one that resonates strongly in the world of commerce, private and public, that exists today. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by R de Bulat
I know Will a bit. have done some work with him and have enjoyed his talks. my business is moving forward and we are facing a number of positive challenges: new team etc. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2013 by Justin Hunt
I found this to be an inspiring and enlightening read, which provides great insights on how to open up and build organisations that engage their staff and deliver for... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by R. W. Mackenzie