Summaries of the Week

Lead with Wisdom

Lead with Wisdom

Being able to read the patterns of human experience and then act on them with compassion is the essence of wisdom. In Lead with Wisdom, Mark Strom explores wisdom as the central tenet of great leadership. He argues that language defines reality because people connect with one another through language, deeper knowledge flows from words woven into stories, and honoring old stories builds the trust that allows leaders to create the new stories that generate lasting change.

Strom, Mark
The Idea-Driven Organization

The Idea-Driven Organization

Employees who make products, provide services, and work with customers have the best knowledge of how to improve their organizations. They have ideas that will make or save money, increase efficiency, lessen the environmental impact, improve customer service and relations, and lead to product innovation. Managers are generally not exposed to the experiences that spark those ideas. To capitalize on the best ideas, organizations need to restructure and realign to encourage idea submission and facilitate implementation of suggested solutions.

Robinson, Alan G.
The Power of Paradox

The Power of Paradox

In The Power of Paradox, Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier presents a compelling argument in favor of paradox thinking. She argues that finding balance between paradoxical points of view can provide an organization with a roadmap to success. While opposing, contradictory needs in an organization can cause a great deal of tension, they can also be the source of great inspiration. Schroeder-Saulnier argues that when organizations adopt “and” thinking instead of “or” thinking, it opens up a new world of possibilities.

Schroeder-Saulnier, Deborah
Who Kidnapped Excellence?

Who Kidnapped Excellence?

Most companies want excellence to be an integral part of their company cultures, but how people perceive excellence at the outset of a new job or company initiative can subtly degrade over time. Both at work and in their personal lives, people gradually set the bar for themselves and others lower and lower until average performance is deemed to be sufficient. In Who Kidnapped Excellence? Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent use a parable to highlight five core areas people should focus on to achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives.

Paul, Henry
Data Crush

Data Crush

Advances in technology combined with the proliferation of data—the information gleaned from consumers’ movements online, through emails, over their phones, and in stores—has opened up many possibilities and opportunities for businesses and has also made running a successful business more complex. To keep up with the changing times and their competitors, companies have to keep up with the changes that have occurred, get savvy with the data they do have, and prepare for the inevitable fast-moving changes that will occur.

Surdak, Christopher
Unconscious Branding

Unconscious Branding

The human mind can be thought of like an iceberg—the portion above the water line is people’s conscious mind while the vast majority, the unconscious mind, is below the surface. While this portion drives most people’s decisions, behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs, marketers have traditionally focused only on the conscious mind. Exclusively tracking shifts in consumer and cultural trends risks ignoring the innate processes by which all people make decisions.

Van Praet, Douglas
Be a Direct Selling Superstar

Be a Direct Selling Superstar

In this present age of downsizing, job insecurity, and crippling debt from student loans and credit cards, many people are looking for more than just financial stability and lasting employment—they are seeking true financial freedom. In Be a Direct Selling Superstar, Mary Christensen offers strategies and insights for making direct selling a successful employment opportunity for both extra household income and a path to a career with a growing demand for quality leaders.

Christensen, Mary