Summaries of the Week

Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work

Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work

In Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work, work environment sociologist Tracy Brower draws on her years of experience with hundreds of companies to explore the integration of work and life, and how this integration can benefit company profits and efficiency. Brower notes that company leaders must learn to implement work-life supports correctly in order to create a work environment that supports the whole person. When workers are fulfilled and happy at work, they remain with the company, are more productive, and are less likely to be absent.

Brower, Tracy
Teaming to Innovate

Teaming to Innovate

In Teaming to Innovate, leadership expert Amy C. Edmondson reveals that the ability to innovate effectively and profitably requires exceptional teamwork. By her definition, exceptional teamwork involves people of diverse backgrounds coming together around common, worthwhile goals to engage in creative conflict and failure. To illustrate the importance of teaming in the context of innovation, Edmondson provides readers with an in-depth guide to the five essential steps of innovation, along with real-world examples of each.

Edmondson, Amy C.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

As Gary Vaynerchuk explains in Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, social media has permanently altered the way brands interact with their customers. People now want to be social wherever they consume their media, and marketing campaigns must contain social elements. Although some businesses are still in denial (despite countless studies and irrefutable data), most agree that social media is vitally important to their present and future success.

Vaynerchuk, Gary
Painless Presentations

Painless Presentations

Lenny Laskowski has spent 35 years as a professional speaker and public speaking instructor. He has discovered that standing in front of an audience is one of the hardest things for most people to do. To help everyone enjoy, rather than dread, delivering high-quality presentations without fear and anxiety, he has distilled his expertise into Painless Presentations. This practical guide breaks public speaking down into seven aspects and then proceeds to educate the reader on each.

Laskowski, Lenny
Resolving Conflicts at Work

Resolving Conflicts at Work

In Resolving Conflicts at Work, Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith help readers understand the underlying causes of conflict and how to approach it in new ways. Conflicts at work arise because companies are made up of diverse group of people with different communication styles and differing expectations. Few people have been trained to resolve conflict in a healthy manner, which is why conflict is common in every workplace. Transformation does not occur until people first resolve how they became stuck in conflict and take time to develop new strategies.

Cloke, Kenneth
Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

Robert Shook’s Heart & Soul profiles five companies that share one thing in common: each has a heart and soul. He demonstrates how each corporation has achieved competitive success in its unique position in the marketplace. He also points out that it is easier to spot the absence of heart and soul than their presence because they are sensed more than actually seen. Companies without hearts and souls are simple to identify and far less likely to consistently enjoy success and competitive advantage.

Shook, Robert L.
The New Supply Chain Agenda

The New Supply Chain Agenda

Improving and maintaining shareholder value keeps companies healthy. The supply chain drives economic profit, which in turn drives shareholder value. In Harvard Business School Publishing title The New Supply Chain Agenda, three experts provide a five-point strategy for achieving supply chain excellence. Reuben E. Slone, J. Paul Dittmann, and John T.

Slone, Reuben E.