Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Orbiting the Giant Hairball
  • Author : Gordon MacKenzie
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 1998-04-01
  • ISBN : 9780670879830

Orbiting the Giant Hairball Book Review:

Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"--a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past--that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, many of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit--to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius. Originally self-published and already a business "cult classic", this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.

The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power

The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power
  • Author : Kaleel Jamison
  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Pages : 75
  • Relase : 2004
  • ISBN : 0809141876

The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power Book Review:

The late author, one of the first women to enter the field of management consulting, experienced what she described as "nibbles"--little bites that life takes out of a person's self confidence. She offers a process for dealing with the world that moves the reader toward personal power and growth arising out of the unique values and strengths of each person.

The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook

The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook
  • Author : Gordon MacKenzie
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2014-06-12
  • ISBN : 9781440337161

The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook Book Review:

Watercolor will entertain you for a lifetime. Those who have spent decades with it can testify how they are continually charmed and amazed by new discoveries every time they put paint to paper. This book was developed to clarify and simplify various aspects of painting with watercolor, while at the same time challenging you with new possibilities. However, unlike a book of rules that tend to close our minds, this is a collection of principles, concepts and general information designed to expand the creative process. This is your invitation to join the magic world of watercolor. --Gordon MacKenzie

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time
  • Author : Jack Covert,Todd Sattersten,Sally Haldorson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2016-08-02
  • ISBN : 9781101992388

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time Book Review:

Thousands of business books are published every year— Here are the best of the best After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books, Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten are among the most respected experts on the category. Now they have chosen and reviewed the one hundred best business titles of all time—the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today’s busy readers. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the problems they face, such as how best to spend The First 90 Days in a new job or how to take their company from Good to Great. Many of the choices are surprising—you’ll find reviews of Moneyball and Orbiting the Giant Hairball, but not Jack Welch’s memoir. At the end of each review, Jack and Todd direct readers to other books both inside and outside The 100 Best. And sprinkled throughout are sidebars taking the reader beyond business books, suggesting movies, novels, and even children’s books that offer equally relevant insights. This guide will appeal to anyone, from entry-level to CEO, who wants to cut through the clutter and discover the brilliant books that are truly worth their investment of time and money.

Disciplined Dreaming

Disciplined Dreaming
  • Author : Josh Linkner
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2011-01-13
  • ISBN : 1118001710

Disciplined Dreaming Book Review:

A 5-part process that will transform your organization — or your career — into a non-stop creativity juggernaut We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth is through creativity-at all levels of an organization. Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable new ideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain your competitive advantage over the long term. Linkner distills his years of experience in business and jazz — as well as hundreds of interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists — into a 5-step process that will make creativity easy for you and your organization. The methodology is simple, backed by proven results. Empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to meet creative challenges posed by the marketplace Turns the mystery of creativity into a simple-to-use process Shows how creativity can be used for everything from innovative, game-shifting breakthroughs to incremental advances and daily improvements to business processes Offers dozens of practical exercises, thought-starters, workouts to grow "creative muscles," and case studies Disciplined Dreaming shows even the stuffiest corporate bureaucracies how to cultivate creativity in order to become more competitive in today's shifting marketplace. • #4 New York Times Best Seller (Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous) • #8 New York Times Best Seller (Hardcover Business) • #2 Wall Street Journal Best Seller (Hardcover Business) • #9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller (Hardcover Nonfiction) • #9 Washington Post Best Seller (Hardcover Nonfiction) • #1 USA Today Best Seller (Money) • #10 Entertainment Weekly Best Seller (Hardcover Nonfiction) • #10 Publishers Weekly Bestseller (Hardcover Nonfiction)

Hair Hackle Tying Techniques and Fly Patterns

Hair Hackle Tying Techniques and Fly Patterns
  • Author : Gordon MacKenzie
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 87
  • Relase : 2002-01
  • ISBN : 1571882685

Hair Hackle Tying Techniques and Fly Patterns Book Review:

Create durable, effective, and attractive flies with the information in Hair-Hackle Tying Methods. With clear, concise text and easy-to-understand, step-by-step illustrations, Mackenzie shows you how to easily incorporate hair hackles to create resilient, live-looking flies that will last longer, look alive and striking, and produce excellent angling. Hair hackles can be used in your trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, and saltwater fly patterns. You will be very pleased with the look of the finished flies and how the hair increases the breathability and lifelike movement in the water. These tying techniques are applicable to thousands of fly patterns!

Power Listening

Power Listening
  • Author : Bernard T. Ferrari
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2012-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781101560549

Power Listening Book Review:

Listening is harder than it looks- but it's the difference between business success and failure. Nothing causes bad decisions in organizations as often as poor listening. But Bernard Ferrari, adviser to some of the nation's most influential executives, believes that such missteps can be avoided and that the skills and habits of good listening can be developed and mastered. He offers a step-by-step process that will help readers become active listeners, able to shape and focus any conversation. Ferrari reveals how to turn a tin ear into a platinum ear. His practical insights include: Good listening is hard work, not a passive activity Good listening means asking questions, challenging all assumptions, and understanding the context of every interaction Good listening results in a new clarity of focus, greater efficiency, and an increased likelihood of making better decisions Good listening can be the difference between a long career and a short one

Collaboration

Collaboration
  • Author : Morten T. Hansen
  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • Pages : 231
  • Relase : 2009-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781422115152

Collaboration Book Review:

In Collaboration, author Morten Hansen takes aim at what many leaders inherently know: in today's competitive environment, companywide collaboration is an imperative for successful strategy execution, yet the sought-after synergies are rarely, if ever, realized. In fact, most cross-unit collaborative efforts end up wasting time, money, and resources. How can managers avoid the costly traps of collaboration and instead start getting the results they need? In this book, Hansen shows managers how to get collaboration right through "disciplined collaboration"-- a practical framework and set of tools managers can use to: · Assess when--and when not--to pursue collaboration across units to achieve goals · Identify and overcome the four barriers to collaboration · Get people to buy into the larger picture, even when they own only a small piece of it · Be a "T-Shaped Manager," collaborating across divisions while still working deeply in your own unit · Create networks across the organization that are not large, but nimble and effective Based on the author's long-running research, in-depth case studies, and company interviews, Collaboration delivers practical advice and tools to help your organization collaborate--for real results.

New Manufacturing Challenge

New Manufacturing Challenge
  • Author : Kiyoshi Suzaki
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 255
  • Relase : 1987-07-22
  • ISBN : 9780029320402

New Manufacturing Challenge Book Review:

Identifies the most prominent forms of waste in factories, suggests how to combine and simplify operations, and provides practical examples

The No Asshole Rule

The No Asshole Rule
  • Author : Robert I. Sutton
  • Publisher : Business Plus
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2007-02-22
  • ISBN : 9780759518018

The No Asshole Rule Book Review:

The definitive guide to working with -- and surviving -- bullies, creeps, jerks, tyrants, tormentors, despots, backstabbers, egomaniacs, and all the other assholes who do their best to destroy you at work. "What an asshole!" How many times have you said that about someone at work? You're not alone! In this groundbreaking book, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton builds on his acclaimed Harvard Business Review article to show you the best ways to deal with assholes...and why they can be so destructive to your company. Practical, compassionate, and in places downright funny, this guide offers: Strategies on how to pinpoint and eliminate negative influences for good Illuminating case histories from major organizations A self-diagnostic test and a program to identify and keep your own "inner jerk" from coming out The No Asshole Rule is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Business Week bestseller.

Magical Mathematics

Magical Mathematics
  • Author : Persi Diaconis,Ron Graham
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 264
  • Relase : 2015-10-13
  • ISBN : 9780691169774

Magical Mathematics Book Review:

"Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath principle--a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled--is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem. Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the stories--and reveals the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic street-gambling scam of three-card monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trick--and much more"-

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball
  • Author : Kevin Carroll
  • Publisher : ESPN Books
  • Pages : 114
  • Relase : 2005-09-07
  • ISBN : 1933060026

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball Book Review:

With simple but delightful storytelling, Kevin Carroll channels his childhood passion for sport and play into a universally appealing blueprint for life. Drawing wisdom from the playgrounds of his youth, where he spent hour upon hour sharpening his body and his mind, Carroll shares with readers his Rules of the Red Rubber Ball - how to achieve maximum human potential through the power of passion and creativity. Finding your own -red rubber ball+ and chasing it to your heart+s content, he argues, is the surest route to peace, prosperity, and happiness. Over the years as an athletic trainer and public speaker, Carroll has transformed his philosophy into seven simple rules that any successful leader will endorse: 1) Commit to it2) Seek out encouragers 3) Work out your creative muscle4) Prepare to shine5) Speak up6) Expect the unexpected7) Maximize the day With an award-winning design and color photos throughout, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball will inspire the child in everyone for generations to come.

Serious Creativity

Serious Creativity
  • Author : Edward De Bono
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 338
  • Relase : 1996
  • ISBN : 186197552X

Serious Creativity Book Review:

A deliberate systematic approach to creativity on demand.

The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play

The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play
  • Author : Kevin Carroll
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2008-11-09
  • ISBN : 0071641807

The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play Book Review:

Put play in your work as you improve on: Innovation: Create better products and services Problem-Solving: Tag-team responsibility and collaborate on solutions Motivation: Build creative excitement at every level Risk-Taking: Push new ideas to their limits Ingenuity: Reward the “a-ha!” ideas and drive progress forward Team-Building: Find new ways to share solutions and forge new ones

Essentials of Leadership in Public Health

Essentials of Leadership in Public Health
  • Author : Louis Rowitz
  • Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Pages : 325
  • Relase : 2017-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781284111484

Essentials of Leadership in Public Health Book Review:

Public Health Affects Us All. As Such, There Will Always Be A Need For Professionals To Monitor The Health Of The Public And Create Programs To Enhance Our Health. Well-Trained Public Health Leaders Are Critical To Make The Entire Process Work. This Text Reflects The Complexities Of Leadership In Public Health As Well As The Overall Needs Of Effective Leadership In A Constantly Changing Social Environment. In Addition, The Book Examines The Impact Of Health Reform, With An Expanding Definition Of Public Health And Understanding Of How Our Leaders Will Be Affected By These New Changes. Part I Explores The Theories And Principles Of Leadership, Leadership Styles And Practices, The Public Health System, And The Five Levels Of Public Health Leadership. Part II Presents The Core Functions Model And Its Application To Public Health Leadership. In Part III, The Author Examines The Leadership Tools Needed For The 21St-Century. Part IV Presents Information On The Personal Evaluation Of Leadership And The Evaluation Of Leadership Programs. Part V Looks To The Future And Presents Some Emerging Public Health Trends. Throughout The Book, Case Studies Written By Public Health Leaders Are Presented. Students Also Benefit From Leadership Exercises And Discussion Questions In Each Chapter.

The Addictive Organization

The Addictive Organization
  • Author : Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2013-04-02
  • ISBN : 9780062283429

The Addictive Organization Book Review:

Schaef and Fassel show how managers, workers, and organization members exhibit the classic symptoms of addiction: denying and avoiding problems, assuming that there is no other way of acting, and manipulating events to maintain the status quo.

The Art Of Innovation

The Art Of Innovation
  • Author : Tom Kelley
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Pages : 202
  • Relase : 2016-06-16
  • ISBN : 9781847656780

The Art Of Innovation Book Review:

There isn't a business that doesn't want to be more creative in its thinking, products and processes. In The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley, partner at the Silicon Valley-based firm IDEO, developer of hundreds of innovative products from the first commercial mouse to virtual reality headsets and the Palm hand-held, takes readers behind the scenes of this wildly imaginative company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses to turn out hit after hit. Kelley shows how teams: -Research and immerse themselves in every possible aspect of a new product or service -Examine each product from the perspective of clients, consumers and other critical audiences -Brainstorm best when they are focussed, being physical and having fun The Art of Innovation will provide business leaders with the insights and tools they need to make their companies the leading-edge top-rated stars of their industries.

Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here
  • Author : Amanda Jette Knox
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2019-07-30
  • ISBN : 9780735235182

Love Lives Here Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER An inspirational story of accepting and embracing two trans people in a family--a family who shows what's possible when you "lead with love." All Amanda Jetté Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents, the situation was sometimes chaotic. At school, she was bullied mercilessly, and at the age of fourteen, she entered a counselling program for alcohol addiction and was successful. While still a teenager, she met the love of her life. They were wed at 20, and the first of three children followed shortly. Jetté Knox finally had the stability she craved--or so it seemed. Their middle child struggled with depression and avoided school. The author was unprepared when the child she knew as her son came out as transgender at the age of eleven. Shocked, but knowing how important it was to support her daughter, Jetté Knox became an ardent advocate for trans rights. But the story wasn't over. For many years, the author had coped with her spouse's moodiness, but that chronic unhappiness was taking a toll on their marriage. A little over a year after their child came out, her partner also came out as transgender. Knowing better than most what would lie ahead, Jetté Knox searched for positive examples of marriages surviving transition. When she found no role models, she determined that her family would become one. The shift was challenging, but slowly the family members noticed that they were becoming happier and more united. Told with remarkable candour and humour, and full of insight into the challenges faced by trans people, Love Lives Here is a beautiful story of transition, frustration, support, acceptance, and, of course, love.

Catalysts of Culture

Catalysts of Culture
  • Author : Julie Ann Sullivan
  • Publisher : Motivational Press LLC
  • Pages : 180
  • Relase : 2019-04-15
  • ISBN : 1628656441

Catalysts of Culture Book Review:

Julie Ann's case studies revealed four attributes that these leaders all have in common to create a thriving workplace. Their specific ideas can help you create a workplace where people want to work and work their best. Enhance your employees and increase your profits too.

Summary of Carol S. Dweck's Mindset

Summary of Carol S. Dweck's Mindset
  • Author : Carol S. Dweck,Sumoreads
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 26
  • Relase : 2017-05-22
  • ISBN : 1546821953

Summary of Carol S. Dweck's Mindset Book Review:

PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. In her book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," Carol S. Dweck argues that a growth mindset-the belief that abilities can be developed and the desire to embrace learning, challenges, and setbacks as sources of growth-creates the drive and resilience that influence success in virtually every area of life. This SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to "Mindset" to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in under 20 minutes! What does this SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis Include? An Executive Summary of the original book Editorial Review Key Takeaways and analysis from each section A short bio of the the author Original Book Summary Overview Dweck offers a view of achievement that is as simple as it is revolutionary: how you see your intelligence, personality, and talent influences how you work, how you live, how you love, and what becomes of your life. She analyzes the lives of iconic athletes, business leaders, teachers, and coaches to show how success and greatness come down to a commitment to learning and growth. Any student, teacher, parent, or business person; anyone who wants to grow and live a more fulfilling life will find this book an invaluable read. BEFORE YOU BUY: The purpose of this SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis is to help you decide if it's worth the time, money and effort reading the original book (if you haven't already). SUMOREADS has pulled out the essence-but only to help you ascertain the value of the book for yourself. This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, "Mindset."