Summaries of the Week

The Risk-Driven Business Model

The Risk-Driven Business Model

When business leaders think about game-changing innovation, all too often they focus their attention on coming up with new products and services or modifications to existing ones. In a commoditized and disruptive marketplace, competitive differentiation through this type of innovation is becoming increasingly more difficult, costly, and risky. This risk can make or break a business. What leaders should be looking at instead is how to leverage existing products, technologies, and markets to gain a competitive advantage.

Girotra, Karan
Management

Management

The key to managerial success, according to consultant, trainer, and author Brian Tracy, is to learn and continually practice the basics. These are activities that represent only about 20 percent of management tasks, but account for 80 percent or more of the manager’s contribution to a business. In Management, Tracy discusses the nature and significance of such basics as setting performance standards, delegating effectively, hiring and firing professionally, holding worthwhile meetings, and building teams.

Tracy, Brian
Managing the Matrix

Managing the Matrix

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things for talented and highly intelligent people in corporate America is watching those who are less talented and intelligent get promoted. In fact, it leaves many of them wondering what they could possibly be doing wrong. It is often difficult for these people to accept the fact that it takes more than a high IQ and talent to make it in life. There are studies that show that many elements play into success, and one of them that is getting some close attention is emotional intelligence (EI).

Metcalfe, Dawn
Advanced Presentations by Design

Advanced Presentations by Design

Thinking, researching, planning, and doing—all the hard work of putting together a presentation is worth nothing if an audience is not convinced to act. Unfortunately, in this age when success depends so greatly on the ability to effectively communicate complex information, presenters are overwhelmed with bad presentation design advice. In Advanced Presentations by Design, marketing and communications expert Dr. Andrew Abela offers readers ten steps to improve presentation impact.

Abela, Andrew
The Road to Reinvention

The Road to Reinvention

Competition in business today is intense. The speeds at which the world and technology are changing and advancing add to the challenge. The only way to stay relevant and compete is constant reinvention. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner asserts that neglecting to reinvent is one of the top reasons why companies, individuals, and communities fail. Those who are comfortable with the status quo are the most likely to fail. Success is not about reaching a goal and sitting there comfortably, but about constantly striving to hit a moving target again and again.

Linkner, Josh
Do Cool Sh*t

Do Cool Sh*t

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for people to have enjoyable careers and work with like-minded people who share their interests. In Do Cool Sh*t, Miki Agrawal, a young, successful entrepreneur, shares her journey of finding work she loves rather than working only to make money. For her, making money is not how she defines success. Rather, success is about doing the absolute best with the capabilities a person has rather than putting in hours in exchange for a paycheck and a boring existence. Her belief is that people truly can have it all.

Agrawal, Miki
The Intention Economy

The Intention Economy

According to Doc Searls in  The Intention Economy, there is a sort of revolution quietly occurring in the marketplace right now where customers will be freed from the systems currently set in the economy to control them. They will become independent actors in the marketplace, equipped with all things necessary to tell vendors what they want and how, where, and when they want it, outside of vendors’ currently established systems.

Searls, Doc