Summaries of the Week

Ask Outrageously!

Ask Outrageously!

In Ask Outrageously!, Linda Byars Swindling argues that fear often stops people from asking for what they truly want. However, this type of fear is usually unfounded; what’s likely getting in the way of your own success is you. To overcome your fears, you must learn how to ask effectively—and in some cases, outrageously—to get affirmative responses that can lead to raises, promotions, and career success. You must build up your confidence, consider the needs of others, and be first in line to do the asking.

Swindling, Linda Byars
HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Happiness

HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Happiness

Happiness is an endlessly broad concept that can feel elusive and even overwhelming at times. Humans have been striving to “find happiness” since the dawn of time—but how is it actually measured in people’s personal and professional lives? HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Happiness presents seven articles with research and viewpoints on how happiness is defined, measured, explored, and maintained.

Harvard Business Review Press
Lifestorming

Lifestorming

Lifestorming by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith is a guide to self-actualization filled with exercises, philosophies, and anecdotes to inspire you to discover what you really want in life. To reinforce concepts and help you identify the people, actions, habits, and beliefs that will support your personal and professional development, the authors also include a detailed self-assessment.

Weiss, Alan
The Power of Collaboration

The Power of Collaboration

When collaboration in organizations works well, it can result in more successful projects, more effective teams, and more competitive companies. In The Power of Collaboration, Dr. Thea Singer Spitzer offers a new model for collaboration: the Silicon Valley Approach to Collaboration (SVAC). This framework is based on Spitzer’s industry experience, as well as in-depth interviews with 28 Silicon Valley leaders. While the principles outlined in SVAC were born in high tech companies, they can be applied effectively to any industry.

Spitzer, PhD, Thea Singer
Open Services Innovation

Open Services Innovation

The Great Recession that began in 2008 shifted wealth creation from advanced to emerging economies. The shift distributed manufacturing and business process knowledge, moved manufacturing operations to lower-cost countries, and shrank the amount of time products last in the marketplace. In Open Services Innovation, Henry Chesbrough argues that businesses must stop thinking like product manufacturers and start thinking about innovation and growth through services to overcome today’s difficult economic conditions.

Chesbrough, Henry