Originals explores how innovators see the world differently and bring others into their success. It is not the high school valedictorians who go on to change the world, Grant argues, since their very success signals that they have perfected following and benefiting from the existing system. By contrast, it is the highly creative children that teachers tend to discriminate against, labeling them as troublemakers.
The Fourth Turning, ultimately, is about the present-day time of Crisis, which is a time of focus, struggle, and sacrifice. External threats, which previously might have been ignored, not become an exaggerated crisis. Laws and customs, once locked in place, get swept away. The demand for order is at an all-time high while the supply of order is at an all-time low.
To read The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker is to observe the Lindy Effect (as expressed by Nassim Taleb) in action. Any technology which is non perishable increases in life expectancy with every day of its life. A book like The Effective Executive has been in print for 50 years and is therefore likely to stay in print for another 50 years.
The wisdom of this book is deceptively simple yet the application of the wisdom is the continual challenge. It would be easy to skim through this book, gather confirmation of practices that you already do well, and ignore those that would require you to change. This point was brought home to me by the compelling forward written by Jim Collins, author of more recent impactful books such as Built to Last and Good to Great. Peter Drucker passed away in 2005, but Jim Collins expressed the wisdom he gained through a brief conversation with the then 85-year old sage. Jim was expressing his concerns with leaving his then stable position as a professor at Stanford to embark on his journey to compose Good to Great. After listening intently, Peter said, "It sounds like you are concerned about your survival. It is very likely that you will survive this transition. You are also very concerned about being successful. You should instead focus on being useful." Jim took this wisdom to heart and went on to produce some of the most useful new management thinking in the modern era.
The Effective Executive explores this theme of challenging those in a leadership position to focus not on their success or ego, but to focus their energy on making a single significant contribution to the organization and, by extension, have the organization make a contribution to the broader community. Themes of time management, focus on one thing at a time, hiring for an individual's strengths not absence of weakness, and putting first things first and second things not at all, are important lessons that generations of subsequent authors and management consultants have further explored.
It is striking to me how different the workplace perspective was towards women in leadership in the 1960s compared to today. Peter uses gender-exclusive terms throughout and only draws examples from male business leaders. His only citation of a female role model is the talented opera diva whose weaknesses in eccentricity should be ignored or placated by her manager to deliver the results of her great talents through performances - not exactly flattering. In reading the book, my reaction is regret that this titan of management consulting was able to accurately predict the coming impact of the computing age on the workplace, but that he failed to use his influence lead the way for generations of future women business leaders. While this is a great weakness and failure of Peter Drucker's, his own advice would be to not let it get in the way of drawing wisdom from his strengths.
Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. Designed for doers, it is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new models of value creation: for executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all organizations.
Just as the bones in the human body get sturdier as they are exposed to stress and strain and gossip or feelings of unrest intensify when there are efforts enacted to repress them, most aspects of life ultimately benefit from stress, chaos, instability, and unrest. Learned, humorous, and revolutionary, Taleb’s meaning is radical: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will survive the test of time.
Andy Cohen introduces the Assumpt! a breakthrough way to make better business decisions and generate fresh thinking. Drawing upon two decades of real-world marketing, research and person experience, Cohen provides the insights, tools and courage to challenge the assumptions that will change your world.
Providing abundance is the grandest test of humanity, according to Peter Diamandis, and this book details ways that we can and will rise to the challenge. Abundance for all is within our grasp and this bold, contrarian view is backed up by exhaustive research that says exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions.
The Great Game of Business started a business revolution by introducing the world to open-book management, a new way of running a business that created unprecedented profit and employee engagement. What these workers created was a revolutionary approach to management that has proven itself in every industry around the world for the past thirty years.
A black swan is an event that can be either positive or negative that happens to be deemed implausible yet still ends up having massive, generally unforeseen, consequences. We are often blind to these concerns and Taleb will help you and your business navigate and exploit the Black Swan events that are bound to happen.
Simon Sinek founded a movement in 2009 aimed at helping employees and employers find more inspiration in their jobs. Start with Why says that leaders from around the world all reason, behave, and connect the same way and Sinek says that it tends to be the complete opposite of what everyone else is doing.
You can use this strategy for any situation that you or your business are in, and make it work! Learn six strategies to help individuals similar to you, twelve techniques to convince others (employees, clients, etc.) to buy into your style of thought, and nine ways to alter the behaviors of people without creating feelings of dislike.