Summaries of the Week

The Zombie Business Cure

The Zombie Business Cure

Business leaders have long advised companies to be more human in their approaches to business. However, people are often disparaging of corporate culture because it reflects a more zombie-like state. These zombie-like companies can lack empathy and awareness of their surroundings, act unpredictably and carelessly, be slow to change or take action, stay focused only on self-sustainment, and become relatively indistinguishable from one another. In The Zombie Business Cure, Julie C.

Lellis, PhD, Julie C.
The Power to Compete

The Power to Compete

Japan must make bold moves to reverse its economic stagnation, economist Ryoichi Mikitani and Internet entrepreneur Hiroshi Mikitani write in The Power to Compete. They do not believe that Abenomics, the economics program led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, does enough to solve Japan’s problems. Instead, the nation needs to increase its competitiveness, efficiency, and innovation by lessening government regulation, eliminating layers of bureaucracy, moving away from Japan’s lifetime employment tradition, and cutting taxes and the costs of government.

Mikitani, Ryoichi
HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Resilience

HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Resilience

To thrive in today’s fast-paced and competitive work environment, professionals must master the social skill of resilience. In the Harvard Business Review Press title HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Resilience, leading experts utilize their research and personal experiences to teach professionals how to build and use resilience to overcome their daily setbacks, professional crises, and personal traumas.

Harvard Business Review Press
The Gift of Anger

The Gift of Anger

In The Gift of Anger, Joe Solmonese leans on his experience as a lobbyist, which often requires him to understand other people’s feelings and overcome his own frustration, to show the positive side of feeling angry (i.e., being driven to reach a goal). Rather than letting anger take over, self-aware people can turn it into a good, powerful tool for influencing other people and actions. This is a key tactic for negotiating with others and working toward particular outcomes.

Solmonese, Joe
Find Your Balance Point

Find Your Balance Point

Most people have moments in life where they feel happy, fulfilled, and like they are in exactly the right place at the right time. However, for many people, these are brief moments that soon give way to the daily challenge of having too much to do and too little time to do it. In Find Your Balance Point, Brian Tracy and Christina Stein aim to show people how they can maintain this wonderful feeling all the time.

Tracy, Brian