Summaries of the Week

Leadership Blindspots

Leadership Blindspots

In Leadership Blindspots, Robert Bruce Shaw explores the ways in which leaders can become negatively impacted by their weaknesses. A blindspot is an unrecognized weakness that could negatively impact a leader’s success. This is different than black swan events, which are completely unpredictable or situational blindness which occurs when it is nearly impossible to see a weakness due to the environment. Blindspots impact all levels of a company, including the leader, the team, and the overall organization.

Shaw, Robert Bruce
HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Change Management

HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Change Management

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Change Management is a collection of wisdom on change initiatives and change leadership. While change at an organizational level can be difficult to manage, this compendium of change-related wisdom includes advice that applies to people in all industries and at all levels.

Harvard Business Review Press
Expand Your Borders

Expand Your Borders

Interacting with people from different cultures can be difficult, but it is easier when there is an understanding of other people’s cultures. Cultural intelligence allows a person to understand why people from a certain culture might think the way they do. In his book Expand Your Borders, David Livermore dives into the ten culture clusters that make up most of the world. He expands the cultural intelligence of readers by giving them a small glimpse into the history and cultural values of these cultures.

Livermore, David
Reward Management

Reward Management

Reward Management by Michael Rose is a handbook for the proper design and execution of employee reward strategies. The book offers a broad perspective on rewards, recognition, and benefits. The information presented serves as a Human Resources (HR) tool, and examines aspects such as pay reviews, incentives, tax liabilities, and bonuses. Rose uses a host of examples, scenarios, and case studies to provide a complete and impactful assessment of employee rewards.

Rose, Michael
The Human Brand

The Human Brand

People judge one another based on two categories of social perception: warmth and competence. Individuals who exhibit warmth and competence tend to generate feelings of trust and admiration in others. These types of judgments occur in all relationships, including those that involve commercial transactions. In The Human Brand, Chris Malone and Susan T. Fiske describe how the warmth and competence theory of human interaction also applies to how people interact with brands and companies.

Malone, Chris
How Companies Win

How Companies Win

Between the end of World War II and the start of the 21st century, most companies could survive and thrive simply by growing at the same pace as the gross domestic product (GDP) and steadily cutting their supply chain costs. Following the real estate bubble and subsequent banking crisis, however, it has become abundantly clear that cost cutting and supply chain management alone are no longer enough. In a hypercompetitive environment of oversupply combined with flattening or contracting demand, companies need a new model for success.

Kash, Rick
Amway Forever

Amway Forever

Amway Forever by Kathryn A. Jones tells the history of one of the world’s most successful and controversial businesses. Jones describes Amway’s innovations and growth, expansion into countries throughout the world (including Russia and China), unique marketing and sales methods, evolution in response to foreign regulators and the Internet, and the reprehensible practices of many of Amway’s independent distributors.

Jones, Kathryn A.