Summaries of the Week

A Leadership Kick in the Ass

A Leadership Kick in the Ass

Almost all leaders will experience a startling moment in their careers when they realize that there are flaws and problems inherent in their leadership styles. Bill Treasurer calls these moments kicks in the ass, and they offer leaders two choices: either continue down the same path without any changes, or embrace the experience with the hopes of becoming better. In A Leadership Kick in the Ass, Treasurer outlines the ways in which leaders can grow from negative learning moments in their careers by finding a balance between confidence and humility.

Treasurer, Bill
Get to Aha!

Get to Aha!

Just like people, companies have DNA, or specific characteristics that define who they are and the value they offer. However, many companies are not consciously aware of their DNA, and so they fail to address these important concepts when they develop their brand positioning. The result is inauthentic messaging that just doesn’t stick in the market.

Cunningham, Andy
Fit for Growth

Fit for Growth

Although many organizations look to traditional cost-cutting tactics to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace, conventional cost management strategies rarely equate to sustainable success. In Fit for Growth, Vinay Couto, John Plansky, and Deniz Caglar prescribe a more effective approach. Their Fit for Growth model encourages leaders to direct resources and investments toward differentiating capabilities and restructure costs, organizational structures, and cultures to support these strengths.

Couto, Vinay
Too Fast to Think

Too Fast to Think

In Too Fast to Think, Chris Lewis asserts that technology enables a constant stream of information to bombard us. Add a broken education system and a hectic lifestyle, and it is no wonder we find it difficult to access our creative provenance. The solution is to understand, use, and take care of our brains, and develop new habits that encourage creativity and better ideas.

Lewis, Chris
7 Principles of Transformational Leadership

7 Principles of Transformational Leadership

Before you can transform your organization, you must transform yourself. This means identifying your hopes and dreams, living out your goals, and being fully present in your interactions with others. In 7 Principles of Transformational Leadership, leadership consultant Hugh Blane illuminates the pathway to transforming yourself, and he lays out an actionable plan for cascading that transformation throughout the workplace.

Blane, Hugh