Summaries of the Week

The Empress Has No Clothes

The Empress Has No Clothes

It is not uncommon for successful people to feel that they are imposters. They often think they are the only ones who feel this way, but this could not be further from the truth. In The Empress Has No Clothes, Joyce M. Roché and Alexander Kopelman discuss the impostor syndrome in detail in hopes of helping people manage and conquer their fears. They explore the complex reasons why the syndrome exists and the situations that trigger it in different people.

Roché, Joyce M.
First-Time Leader

First-Time Leader

First-Time Leader by George B. Bradt and Gillian Davis is a primer for new leaders in companies of any size. The book centers around the BRAVE leadership model which stands for Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment. These are the tools new leaders need to transition into their new roles. Through the BRAVE leadership model, the authors provide a framework to help new leaders think about structure, values, mission, strategy, and team management.

Bradt, George B.
Successful Business Process Management

Successful Business Process Management

As companies grow, standardized business processes will become necessary to educate new employees, provide consistency, and avoid problems and inefficiencies. Successful Business Process Management by Paula K. Berman is intended to assist people who are tasked with creating or updating process systems, and outlines the steps needed to implement and document changes within organizations.

Berman, Paula K.
Telling the Story

Telling the Story

Those who can tell stories can change the way their listeners view the world. In the process, they can also change the way they view the world. In Telling the Story, Geoff Mead defines narrative leadership as something that goes beyond increasing profits, market share, and share holder value. Rather, it is about understanding the scope and context of the world in which businesses or groups operate. It is about considering the purpose and intention behind leadership.

Mead, Geoff
Employee Surveys That Work

Employee Surveys That Work

In Employee Surveys That Work, Alec Levenson says that improving the practice of designing, conducting, analyzing, and taking action from employee surveys is important for companies to measure their progress. With today’s interactive technology, it is easier than ever to conduct effective employee surveys. These surveys are viewed as widely accepted tools for gathering organizational information.

Levenson, Alec
Innovation Nation

Innovation Nation

The United States has historically been home to innovative thinkers and organizations. However, many government and industry leaders today have a limited understanding of innovation. To continue a legacy of innovation, Americans must open their minds to new ways of thinking. In Innovation Nation, John Kao suggests that a national approach to innovation must be interdisciplinary and based on best practices. Rather than maintaining the status quo, the United States must strive to be more ambitious and leaders must move to higher levels of awareness and urgency.

Kao, John
Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Wal-Mart has embarked upon an unprecedented green makeover. The company’s move reflects the simple yet compelling philosophy that the most sustainable, clean, energy-efficient, and waste-free company will beat its competitors every time. Wal-Mart dispelled the long-held belief that going green kills jobs and profits, as it has been able to boost its bottom line even in the toughest of economies.

Humes, Edward