A radical new management model for twenty-first century leaders Organizations today face a crisis. The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread. Most proposals for improving management address one element of the crisis at the expense of the others. The principles described by award-winning author Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, continuous innovation, deep job satisfaction and client delight. Denning puts forward a fundamentally different approach to management, with seven inter-locking principles of continuous innovation: focusing the entire organization on delighting clients; working in self-organizing teams; operating in client-driven iterations; delivering value to clients with each iteration; fostering radical transparency; nurturing continuous self-improvement and communicating interactively. In sum, the principles comprise a new mental model of management. Author outlines the basic seven principles of continuous innovation The book describes more than seventy supporting practices Denning offers a rethinking of management from first principles This book is written by the author of The Secret Language of Leadership—a Financial Times Selection in Best Books of 2007.
Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative
Author: Stephen Denning
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
How leaders can use the right story at the right time to inspire change and action This revised and updated edition of the best-selling book A Leader's Guide to Storytelling shows how storytelling is one of the few ways to handle the most important and difficult challenges of leadership: sparking action, getting people to work together, and leading people into the future. Using myriad illustrative examples and filled with how-to techniques, this book clearly explains how you can learn to tell the right story at the right time. Stephen Denning has won awards from Financial Times, The Innovation Book Club, and 800-CEO-READ The book on leadership storytelling shows how successful leaders use stories to get their ideas across and spark enduring enthusiasm for change Stephen Denning offers a hands-on guide to unleash the power of the business narrative.
How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done
Author: Stephen DENNING
Category: Business & Economics
More value from less work. An unstoppable business revolution is under way — and it is Agile. Companies that embrace Agile Management learn to connect everyone and everything . . . all the time. They can deliver instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale. Agile began emerging many decades ago, but truly took off in the software development industry. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement is now spreading quickly throughout all kinds of companies. It enables a team, a unit, or an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs. And the process is applicable anywhere — companies don’t need to be born Agile, like Spotify. Even centuries-old Barclays is making the transition and reaping rewards. Filled with examples from every sector, The Age of Agile helps readers: Master the three laws of Agile Management (team, customer, network) Embrace the new mindset Overcome constraints Employ meaningful metrics Make the entire organization Agile And more With this breakthrough approach, even global giants can learn to act entrepreneurially. Their future depends on it.
MANAGEMENT, 12E, takes a functional, skills-based approach to the process of management with a focus on active planning, leading, organizing and controlling. Griffin carefully examines today's emerging management topics, including the impact of technology, importance of a green business environment, ethical challenges, and the need to adapt in changing times. This edition builds on proven success to help strengthen your management skills with a balance of classic theory and contemporary practice. Numerous new and popular cases and learning features highlight the challenges facing today's managers. Hundreds of well-researched contemporary examples, from Starbucks to The Hunger Games to professional baseball, vividly demonstrate the importance of strong management to any type of organization. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Proven Solutions for the Most Widespread and Frustrating Agile Challenges “This book gives you the answers that a wise mentor would have given you, if you had one. Daniel Gullo shares his insights on the principal questions that everyone coming to the world of Agile will inevitably encounter. ” –From the foreword by Stephen Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management Agile is becoming ubiquitous, but successful Agile implementation remains difficult. Organizations keep getting stuck on the same issues. However, with Real World Agility: Practical Guidance for Agile Practitioners, that need not happen to you. World-renowned Agile coach and consultant Daniel James Gullo identifies and addresses nearly sixty widespread challenges faced by anyone trying to derive value from Agile. Drawing on his vast experience guiding Agile teams to success, Gullo helps you accurately diagnose your problems, describes each solution with maximum clarity, and concisely presents the details you need in order to act effectively. This accessible guide is for every project participant and stakeholder: from ScrumMasters and team leads to developers, project managers, product owners, and customers. Gullo addresses methods ranging from Scrum to Kanban, guides you on scaling Agile, and even helps you apply it beyond software development. Coverage includes Making sense of Agile’s many “flavors” Overcoming key hurdles in transitioning from waterfall Addressing cultural obstacles Meshing Agile teams with your management hierarchy Engaging executives with Agile practices and values Clarifying relationships among ScrumMasters, product owners, and project managers Smoothly handling key tasks, such as organizing backlogs and defining sprints Taking advantage of continuous integration and test-driven development Bringing Agile to distributed teams and large product portfolios Throughout, vignettes show exactly how Agile problems manifest in the real world–and how Gullo’s solutions can help you overcome them. As you learn from others’ experiences, you’ll quickly begin to see a clear path to success.
This book is about the new world of marketing using the Internet. Today branding is about community and conversation. This book shows how to use storytelling, social media and email to build and engage a brand community and how to maintain a dialogue with this community.In recent years, the Internet has caused us to rethink the traditional rules and principles of branding. Yesterday, a brand was what the company told the world it was. Today, a brand is what the community decides it is. The book cites examples from large well-known corporations, but focuses in particular on the winning practices of small companies without large marketing budgets. It will show you how anyone can combine the use of Internet with the power of storytelling, to build a highly engaged brand community at very low cost.Some of the reactions to the book: “Here is a fresh and insightful telling about the new marketing that we must all master if we are to engage our customers and stakeholders in living dialogue.”— PHILIP KOTLER, Author of "Marketing Management", the world's most widely used textbook on Marketing“This book is an insightful guide for organizations making the shift from yesterday's approach to branding — a story the firm tells — to what branding is today: an interactive co-creation with the user community.”— STEPHEN DENNING, Author of "The Leader's Guide to Radical Management" and "The Leader's Guide to Storytelling"“John Sadowsky's book has a lasting message which will be a source of inspiration and motivation for many years to come. He ties together five significant trends in branding and organizational communication highlighting the link between the power of story and organizational success. Sadowsky has emerged as a voice with profound understanding of communication in the 21st century.”— SETH KAHAN, Author of "Getting Change Right" and Expert Blogger for "Fast Company"“This book is a practical guide to using social-media tools to express a brand's true nature. It is powerful, clear, and insightful.”— GUY KAWASAKI, Author of "Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions"“This book will change the way you approach email and social media marketing. John Sadowsky shows you how to gather your customers around your virtual campfire and share stories about your products and brand.”— NICK HEYS, Founder and CEO, Emailvision
How to tap the real source of entrepreneurial power in you and in your organization The UnStoppables is based on foreword author Graham Weston's experience growing Rackspace, as well as fascinating case studies from such organizations as the Navy SEALs and Israeli Special Forces. In The UnStoppables Bill Schley, co-founder of the branding firm Brand Team Six shows how the best practitioners think continuously about two things: The Big Picture and the Little Picture--essence and essentials. The essentials are the business and financial mechanics required of any working enterprise. But the essence is the emotional mechanics to deal with obstacles, risk, fear and failure. Mastering the emotional mechanics is how entrepreneurs succeed and winners win. This is how you capture the unlimited power of entrepreneurship to spark a successful start-up or revitalize a mature organization. Explains why what's stopping you is more important than what's starting you, how to tap the essence of entrepreneurial power in you and in your organization, and how motion generates vision Bill Schley is an award winning author and established expert on branding and marketing communications, as well as the co-founder and creative director of the branding firm Brand Team Six Graham Weston is the internationally renowned co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, the world's #1 cloud computing and managed hosting company Locally, this book teaches you how to become an entrepreneur or to inspire an entrepreneurial mindset to boost any stage business. Globally, this book is about how this nation can launch thousands more entrepreneurs for the future.
This book is about project success and the secret to achieving this success, effective project leadership. Filled with samples, templates, and guidelines, it covers the five principles of effective project leadership: building vision, nurturing collaboration, promoting performance, cultivating learning, and ensuring results. Using nontechnical language, this practical guide explains how to integrate these principles into daily work to help you effectively set up, manage, and align your projects for success. Praise for: ... a great leadership book with five sound leadership principles. ... any project manager or leader would benefit from this book. ... filled with common sense suggestions on how to start new projects using the five principles and what to do to bring troubled projects back into alignment. —Patrick S. Durkin, Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in PM World Today, December 2010, Vol. XII, Issue XII I love this book. ... fun and interesting to read ...on my short list of recommended readings and references for an effective leader’s toolbox. —Neal Whitten, PMP, Best Selling Project Management Author ... a great resource for not only projects, but for success in life in general. —Lee Cockerell, Former Executive V.P., Walt Disney World Resort ... an essential step-by-step reference for the professional project manager. —Robert Urwiler, CIO, Vail Resorts Inc. Thomas Juli has drawn on his substantial experience in project management to show the way to success. —Murray Weidenbaum, Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan ... contains many helpful suggestions for creating ‘Wow Projects’: i.e. projects that surprise and delight their clients. —Stephen Denning, Author of The Leader's Guide to Radical Management and The Secret Language of Leadership ... provides an excellent range of tools and advice to elevate your project role from manager to leader. —Peter Taylor, Accomplished Leader, Professional Speaker, and Author of The Lazy Project Manager ... provides the reader with solid leadership concepts that are supported with a clear understanding of how to apply them specifically in the project environment. —Michael O'Brochta, PMP, President, Zozer, Inc., Former Senior Project Manager at the CIA, Thought Leader, Author, Lecturer, and Trainer ... practical examples and templates enhance the quality of this exceptional book. —Ginger Levin, Ph.D., PMP, PgMP, Project Management Consultant, and Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Any organization must ask three interrelated questions in order to develop its strategy: where are we, where do we want to be, and how will we get there? While the questions do not change over time, the realities and environments that companies face do. Given today's realities, how should companies answer these questions as they face the challenges of the 21st century? In this book, leading business school educators use their academic, yet managerially-relevant, research to explore these questions. They divide the book into three sections - Understand Your Situation, Develop Your Options, and Lead the Change - and take the reader through some of the latest thinking that helps answer these questions. All the authors have extensive international experience of working with senior managers and are well known academic researchers in their field. They present their ideas in a straightforward, lively, and purposeful way. Their goal is to inform, challenge, and provide practical advice and tools. The book serves as a guide to a range of contemporary business challenges, such as managing uncertainty, creating new markets through innovation, energizing people, leading clever people in organizations with limited hierarchy, and introducing radical change. The central focus is on the core concerns and responsibilities of senior management - strategy and leadership. Clear, crisp, and to the point, this book provides an invaluable and coherent summary of some of the best current business school thinking on contemporary challenges facing organizations. It will be an ideal guide for both MBAs and practicing managers.
Powerful Problem-solving Techniques to Ignite Your Team's Potential
Author: Paul Sloane
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Praise and Reviews `If you are only going to read one business book this year, this is the one. No modern business leader should be unaware of these insights.` BRIAN MCBRIDE, VP Northern Europe, Dell Computer Corporation `Sloane delivers rocket fuel for the business brain.` BILL PENN, CEO, Sparx Group `Every business should embrace lateral thinking. Every leader should embrace this book.` AJAZ AHMED, CEO, AKQA `This book teaches leaders how to transform creativity into meaningful innovation.` SHAWN JAVID, CEO, Insightful Inc. Do you want to unlock the creative potential of your team? Is innovation a core value for your organization? Do you have the skills to inspire new ideas? Do you know how lateral leadership can transform your organization? Leadership is not just about command and control - it is about inspiring your team to make the vision a reality by conceiving and implementing creative solutions they never thought possible. With a lively and energetic approach, this highly acclaimed author, trainer and presenter will teach you dynamic, up-to-date techniques to unleash the creative energies of your people and show you how to put the techniques to work immediately. You can use lateral thinking to turn your organization around. This book describes how the lateral leader develops the vision, culture and processes that transform a regular business into an innovation hothouse. The book is packed with real-life examples, practical methods and lateral thinking exercises you can put to work today.