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The new one minute manager

The New One Minute Manager it is an updated revision of the bestselling book, The One Minute Manager, publish in 1982, a small book that requires only about an hour to read and uses a parable to teach three crucial management skills, that one learned will stick in your memory forever. In the introduction to the new version, authors Ken Blanchard an Spencer Johnson discuss the differences in the world in the more than thirty years since the original book was published. Must has changed in the past three and a half decades, notably the near unanimous agreement that top down command and control management is counterproductive and that longer just a pay check for employees but must, instead, be a source of fulfillment and purpose“.   [dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] A[/dropcap]s in the original edition, the new edition tells the story of a young man who has been looking all over the world for a great manager to work for and learn from. He finally finds a great manager, who is know as the “New One Minute Manager”. This great manager introduces him to his core managing philosophy that “people who feel good about themselves produce good results. This manager has found the secret formula to concurrently achieve results for the company, and fulfilment for his team; and is able to adapt his techniques to keep up with rapid changes. The young man then goes on to talk with there lower- level manager of the great manager’s team who explain the three secrets of one-minute management and the young man discovers his 3 secrets, and is eventually offered a job, and becomes a New One Minute Manager. The fictional manager if the 1980s made it clear what employees’ responsibilities were and how they would be held accountable. But management has changed, according to the New One Minute Manager. The manager in the new edition discusses the problems with top-down management: “ Today that structure is too slow. It doesn’t inspire people an it stifles innovation. Customers demand quicker service and better products, so we need everyone to...

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Where good ideas come from by Steven Johnson

The natural history of innovation Steven Johnson is a successful Brooklyn-based science writer who has penned books on everything from neuroscience to cholera to pop culture. In his latest book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, he attempts to apply lessons from the history of science to an exploration of idea generation. It’s an important question – in an age where economic opportunity is driven by innovation, breakthrough and technological disruption, figuring out how to trigger good ideas is like learning how to transmute base metals into gold. But although Johnson begins from a scientific perspective, he finds himself frequently crossing over into the realm of urban planning, urban design and economic development. Essentially, Johnson looks to science – from evolutionary biology to the biodiversity of coral reefs to the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee – to uncover parallels to the ways in which ideas are generated. But Johnson then suggests that it is possible to learn the lessons of this scientific survey, and to build and create physical environments where ideas are generated more frequently and more effectively. Much like Richard Florida, he sees concentrations of talent and diversity as key drivers of idea generation. He suggests that while good ideas can emerge anywhere, the sheer concentration of different perspectives, talents, cultures and approaches in a large urban center allows for “superliner scaling in urban creativity”. In other words, cities are exponentially better at idea generation based on their concentration of innovation triggers. View full...

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Mindset: The new psychology og Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area. Mindset explains: Why brains and talent don’t bring success How they can stand in the way of it Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know See full...

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The Second Machine Age

 The Second Machine Age, written by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew Mcfee, is the recommendation of the Professional Reading Club for November. A look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies―with hardware, software, and networks at their core―will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee―two thinkers at the forefront of their field―reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds―from lawyers to truck drivers―will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic...

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