Summaries of the Week

Talking to Crazy

Talking to Crazy

When someone is being irrational, we typically either ignore them or try to argue or reason with them. None of these techniques are effective, and often they make the situation worse.

Goulston, Mark
Strategic Capitalism

Strategic Capitalism

In today’s global economy, the greatest threat to the United States is economic rather than military. According to competitive strategy expert Richard A. D’Aveni, the laissez-faire-centric capitalism on which America was founded and grew to world leadership is no longer an appropriate model for successfully competing and winning in the current hypercompetitive global economic environment—which is increasingly dominated by China.

D’Aveni, Richard A.
Working Identity

Working Identity

When contemplating a career change, you may question how well you know yourself or the right direction for your future. You will likely cycle through periods of deep introspection and assessment, and be unable to make decisions until your path is clear. This conventional approach to change can encourage you to think and then act, but career changes often do not follow this sequential model. In Working Identity, Herminia Ibarra encourages you to escape the theoretical and learn who you really are by taking concrete steps forward.

Ibarra, Herminia
Business Bullshit

Business Bullshit

In Business Bullshit, André Spicer argues that most of the language used in modern organizations is completely meaningless. Organizations use buzzwords, empty statements, and pointless jargon to grab attention and build their reputations, but this “business bullshit” is muddying clear language, undermining common sense, taking over core tasks, and demoralizing employees. As the amount of time and resources spent on producing, circulating, and consuming bullshit increases, you can use Spicer’s advice to cut the business bullshit and improve your organizational life.

Spicer, André
A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

The most innovative companies today are those that regularly collaborate with external partners. To successfully work with others outside of your company, you must embrace the practices of open innovation and crowdsourcing. A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, edited by Paul Sloane, features a collection of essays and case studies that provide an in-depth look at these practices and illustrate future opportunities and obstacles.

Sloane, Paul