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INF.- The Transformation Trap

The only constant in today’s business environment is unrelenting change. Business models are in permanent flux, as companies swiftly adapt to cope with ever-intensifying globalization and the rapid digitization of industries, not to mention fast-changing customer needs. And there’s no sign that these trends will be abating. This turbulence, which is buffeting every industry and market, means that global corporations must undertake a growing number of increasingly complex cross-border transformations. And these transformations are different from those of the past. Rather than face a single organization-wide transformation every three or four years, companies must deal with an unpredictable number of such initiatives, both small and large, while still conducting their day-to-day business. These efforts usually make heavy demands on the HR function, which is frequently the “engine room” of the transformation...

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The central theme of the book is the question 'How can we become the person we want to be?' In the introduction to the book author defines a Trigger as a 'Stimulus that reshapes our thoughts and actions. We can better handle our reaction to a trigger once we become aware of its existence. Environment is the biggest trigger. While triggers are outside our control, wehave a choice to react to them once we become aware of the same. There are two reasons why adult behavioral change is...

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Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes skeptics and cynics into believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update. And when done right, it’s more powerful than traditional persuasion, influence, or marketing techniques. Kawasaki argues that in business and personal interactions, your goal is not merely to get what you want but to bring about a voluntary, enduring, and delightful change in other people. By enlisting their own goals and desires, by being likable and trustworthy, and by framing a cause that others can embrace, you can change hearts, minds, and actions. In his book, Guy Kawasaki calls it “enchantment.” The general idea is if you want to change the world, you have to get people on your side. And if you want to get people on your side, you have to delight them. Enchantment is about how to do that. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, has a few central themes. Most have to do with the three pillars – likability, trustworthiness, and having a good cause. Greatness refers to the quality of your product, service, idea – in other words, your cause. Sharing your dream is a key part of enchantment for two reasons. First, you can’t assume that people know how great your cause is. You need to share knowledge about it to help people understand it. The world doesn’t beat a path to your door even if you created a better mousetrap. Second, the goal of enchantment is deep, long-lasting, and delightful engagement. These qualities are not the result of mere transactions. Apple shared the Macintosh dream of empowerment, creativity, and productivity. When you buy a Macintosh, it’s not a sales transaction. It’s embracing a way of life. This is why Apple enchants people and other computer manufacturers “close a sale.” Even if you don’t have any business experience or aren’t the owner of the...

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The Shark and the Goldfish

The Shark and the Goldfish is an illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate. Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. At about 80 pages, many of which have less than 15 words on them due to illustrations, The Shark and the Goldfish can be read in under an hour. Jon Gordon the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Training Camp, starts  off with a confession saying that of course a goldfish, a freshwater fish, cannot survive in the ocean. Gordon goes on to explain that his “Shark or Goldfish?” concept started out as a story he liked using in motivational speeches.     A goldfish is alone is his bowl, perfectly content with being fed each day. During a trip to the beach he is accidentally swept away into the ocean, where he starts to go hungry. He fears that he is done for, until he meets a friendly shark who challenges his thinking. The message shines through in this bit of dialogue between the shark and his newfound friend: “You know what your problem is?” “I’m starving and no one will feed me.” “No, you are waiting to be fed.” The focus of the story revolves around one important truth: You can’t control the events in your life. You can, however, choose how you respond to them.   A business fable that: Teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices. Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe. Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times. There are several quotes, but the main point of all of them is that one's future is what one makes of it. And, if we keep swimming around...

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