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The Innovator’s dilemma

The book we recommend you this month is a disruptive innovation classic written by Clayton M. Christensen, one of the world’s top management thinker. It is called The Innovator’s dilemma. When new technologies cause great firms to fail, and it was named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. It is also “one of the most influential business books of all time” that provides a set of rules for “capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation”. The author describes this book as the result of his research about why great companies experience loss of market shares even when they still adopting and following good practices. In Clayton’s own word, The Innovator’s dilemma “it’s not about the failure of simply any company, but of good companies—the kinds that many managers have admired and tried to emulate, the companies known for their abilities to innovate and execute […] It is about well-managed companies that have their competitive antennae up, listen astutely to their customers, invest aggressively in new technologies, and yet still lose market dominance.” The reason why? Disruptive new technologies that mandate radical changes in production and market research but are not able to find a place in the market. This situation provokes that big companies offers a late solution to obtain benefits while small organizations lead change. As an example, Clayton use in the introduction the company Sears Roebuck, “regarded for decades as one of the most astutely managed retailers in the world”, but that fail due to ignoring repeated predictions of a turnaround, in other words, “the rise of discount retailing and home centres” in the mid-1960s. Something like that, explains the author, happened to the computer industry, taking as an example the case of IBM, which missed the opportunity of keeping its dominance on this market of the mainframes just because they did not detect the emergence of minicomputers. “In fact, no other major manufacturer of mainframe computers became a significant player in the minicomputer business”. So why apparently “perfect” organizations can...

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CIENCIA, y un gran paso para la humanidad

Es un libro de divulgación con el que descubrirás, de primera mano, la aportación española a la Conquista de la Luna. También otros “grandes pasos…” científicos, unos que han sido y otros que serán. Pretende ser un pequeño lienzo en el que extraordinarios “artistas” han reflejado con trazos muy precisos grandes pasos científicos que han sido o serán determinantes para la Humanidad. Todo ha sido posible por la participación de esta serie de “artistas”, gracias a su altruista colaboración este proyecto se ha podido llevar a cabo. Y sí, les consideramos “artistas” ya que no solo son unos excelentes científicos sino que además tienen la habilidad de contarnos, de hacernos partícipes, de esta querida Ciencia que para muchos de nosotros es de difícil comprensión. Y lo hacen con un lenguaje sencillo, con una pasión contagiosa, al alcance de todos los públicos e invitando al lector a ser parte principal e imprescindible de la Historia de la...

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Happycracia

por Edgar Cabanas y Eva Illouz. Febrero 2019, Editorial Paidós.   Happycracia es el ensayo escrito por el doctor en psicología e investigador Edgar Cabanas y la profesora de sociología e investigadora Eva Illouz, publicado en la editorial Paidós este pasado mes de febrero, en el que analizan el concepto felicidad que se ha convertido en el producto estrella del siglo XXI de una industria multimillonaria que opera escala global. Primer capítulo En él los autores explican la relación entre la felicidad y su expansión al ámbito de la política, partiendo del origen de la creación de la psicología positiva, artífice de convertir la felicidad en la meta a la que, en teoría, todos debemos alcanzar y mantener a lo largo de toda nuestra vida. El punto de partida relata cómo el prestigioso psicólogo norteamericano, Martin Seligman, crea “un nuevo enfoque psicológico sobre la naturaleza humana que pudiera rejuvenecer la psicología y extender su alcance social y científico” tras ser elegido presidente de Asociación Estadounidense de Psicología (APA, por sus siglas en inglés). Cogiendo esta cita de Happycracia, podemos extraer el origen de la psicología positiva: “como caída del cielo, Seligman había encontrado finalmente su misión: crear una nueva ciencia de la felicidad para estudiar en qué consiste «la buena vida» y descubrir las claves psicológicas del crecimiento personal”. Merece la pena trasladar aquí uno de los párrafos introductorios de Happycracia en la que queda patente el objetivo de entender la felicidad como un sentimiento probado por la ciencia: “La investigación en felicidad en ese momento oxigenaba una disciplina -la psicología- en perpetua búsqueda de su propio objeto de estudio y en constante necesidad de introducir y de apoderarse de nuevos conceptos que le faciliten justificar su relevancia social, atraer financiación, y permanecer de moda (…) sin contradecir teorías ya consolidadas”. En pocos años, Seligman consiguió generar una red amplia y global que mueve millones de dólares gracias al apoyo tanto del sector público como privado. En este primer capítulo se narra, por ejemplo, cómo el ejército americano invirtió 145 millones de dólares en psicología positiva con la finalidad...

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The Book of Mistakes

Have you ever thought why only a few people around the world are so successful? Which are the keys of developing an enviable personal and professional life? Obviously, there is clearly not one answer or a single path to follow to achieve our goals, but we can learn tips and tricks on how to do it. One of the most common way to do it is learning from our own mistakes, or from the other’s, even if in that process we repeat them repeatedly. But what if we build the capacity of avoiding the most common mistakes? That is the idea behind The Book of Mistakes. 9 secrets to creating a successful future.   If you are interested in understanding how to learn from achievements - personal or professionally- rather than failures, this is a must-read book adapted for all the adult age groups. In one of the interviews we can see or read about the author, Prichard said that we all make mistakes that tend to follow us. Because of that, he did a research of more than 1,000 successful, powerful and well-known leaders around the world asking them about mistakes, regrets, fears and success. After analysing all the data collected, he decided to create this book in a fable way as, according to him, because: first, we remember more stories; second, we empathised better with characters to the storyteller, and third, because he was “bored about self-guided books”, so he wanted to write “something to enjoy”, in other words, a novel to get involved. The readers will find an interesting fiction novel that, in the end, is a motivational self-help book with less than 200 pages written in an optimistic tone. Nine principles of success can be gleaned from the three interconnected stories, which run parallel throughout the book: the first one is about a monk on a mission in England of 1425; the second is about a girl named Aria living in the American colonies in the 1770s, and the third and central one, David’s present story in which he struggles with life. Let’s start with...

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March: Happycracia. Cómo la ciencia y la industria de la felicidad controlan nuestras vidas

Happycracia es el ensayo escrito por el doctor en psicología e investigador Edgar Cabanas y la profesora de sociología e investigadora Eva Illouz en el que analizan el concepto felicidad como la ideología que tiene detrás una industria que mueve miles millones de euros cada año a escala global. A lo largo del ensayo, publicado en la editorial Paidós este pasado mes de febrero, los autores revisan el origen de la industria de la felicidad y su expansión como ideología y máquina de generar ingresos. El argumento que tratan de demostrar es cómo se ha introducido la felicidad en el tejido del poder y en la toma de decisiones personales “bajo argumentos de autoridad” generados por su gran aliado, la ciencia, que ha conseguido prácticamente omnipresencia de lo que se conoce como psicología positiva, una rama de esta disciplina que, según los autores, “no ha demostrado su tesis con solidez y rigor científico” a pesar de los múltiples artículos y publicaciones que apunta a ello. Cabe mencionar que Happycracia NO niega la existencia de la felicidad, si no que invita a reflexionar para que las personas busquemos la felicidad de manera realista y siendo conscientes de que la vida son también circunstancias, acontecimientos y emociones que se mueven en una escala de...

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April: The Right and Wrong Stuff by Carter Cast

Nearly a quarter century ago Carter Cast seemed to have it all together: he had a first-class education, an all-American athletic career, and was a very bright and energetic rising star on the fast track at a Fortune 100 company, PepsiCo. But blissfully unaware of how negative perceptions were shaped, he was stunned when called into his boss's office, and told he was "unpromotable" because he was "obstinate," "resistant," and "insubordinate." Baffled, scared, and embarrassed, that defining moment led to Cast's years-long effort to try to understand why he came so close to going off track, discovering that what he saw as idiosyncratic was actually widespread. His research shows that 98 percent of people have at least one derailment risk factor and that half to two-thirds actually go off the rails. More often than not, people get fired, demoted, or plateau not because they lack the "right stuff," but because they let the "wrong stuff" act out. Derailment often afflicts talented people who are either unaware of a debilitating weakness or an interpersonal blind spot, or are arrogant enough to believe that feedback doesn't apply to them. Cast's experiences and research led to five defining archetypes--Captain Fantastic, the One-Trick Pony, the Solo Flyer, Version 1.0, and the Whirling Dervish--that express traits that cut across gender and every level of seniority and that play out everywhere, from big corporations to small law firms, from education institutions to raw start-ups. He shows how these archetypes fail and succeed, and how to recognize blind spots that can lead to downfall. He provides ways to improve self-understanding--digging into topics like values, needs, and motives--and provides the reader with new ways to take charge of his or her...

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