Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The ‘seven functions'

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Strategic Leadership
John Adair
(http://www.vivagroupindia.com/)

Purpose is energy plus direction

Of the ‘seven functions' that John Adair lists in Strategic Leadership, ‘giving direction' is the foremost. The other six are: strategic thinking and planning, making it happen, relating the parts to the whole, building partnerships, releasing the corporate spirit, and developing today's and tomorrow's leaders.

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Encourage e-learning

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Distance Education Technologies in Asia
Jon Baggaley and Tian Belawati
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

e-learning in China

China is a vast country with uneven regional development, and this is reflected in the quantity and quality of education, informs an essay on ‘E-learning in Chinese schools and universities,' included in Distance Education Technologies in Asia, edited by Jon Baggaley and Tian Belawati.

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Making good decisions

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Decide & Deliver
Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, and Paul Rogers
( Harvard)

Four components of decision effectiveness

While it is common knowledge that results depend upon decisions, it may shock you to know from Decide & Deliver ( Harvard) that very few companies look systematically at what gets in the way of good decision-making and execution. Most organisations have never assessed their decision capabilities, fret the authors, Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, and Paul Rogers.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Nature product research

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Protection of Himalayan Biodiversity
Ananda Mohan Bhattarai
( http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Equitable sharing of biodiversity benefits

Two instructive examples of ‘benefit sharing' cited in Protection of Himalayan Biodiversity: International environmental law and a regional legal framework by Ananda Mohan Bhattarai are about Costa Rica and Cameroon.

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A depleted natural world

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The Plundered Planet
Paul Collier
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Earth's balance sheet

The non-renewable natural assets in the territories of the bottom billion are seldom harnessed for the development of their societies, rues Paul Collier in The Plundered Planet. As a result, future generations may inherit a depleted natural world withlittle to show for it, he adds.

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Work-arounds from the field'

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Hacking Work
Bill Jensen and Josh Klein
(http://www.penguin.com/)

Bypassing sacred structures for greater good

How to save business from itself and you from business? Find the answers in Hacking Work: Breaking stupid rules for smart results by Bill Jensen and Josh Klein. But employers, be warned, especially the ones in the traditional mould of command and control, because the book can disturb your sleep.

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Thrive under pressure

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Clutch
Paul Sullivan
( http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Succeeding when the going gets tough

Being great under pressure is hard work, and this is part of the reason why we are so impressed by people who seem immune to choking, writes Paul Sullivan in Clutch: Why some people excel under pressure and others don't.

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Creative organisations

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Managing Media Work
Mark Deuze
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Beating heart of creativity in media

All media organisations have reservoirs of unused creativity, observes Lucy K√ľng in one of the essays included in Managing Media Work, edited by Mark Deuze.

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Branding an experience

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Experiential Marketing (EM)
Subhashini Kaul
(http://www.vivagroupindia.com/)

The `experience' edge

Experiences, by their very nature, are too complex to be enumerated as comprising any `list' of elements; and the attractiveness of `experiential marketing' is precisely because experiences embody the whole set of direct and indirect interactions between a brand and a consumer, writes Subhashini Kaul in Experiential Marketing (EM): Myths and realities.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

'Very deep insight'

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Business Leadership in China
Frank T. Gallo
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Understanding Chinese leadership traits

One leadership trait that is rarely heard of in the West but often mentioned in China is wu, meaning ‘very deep insight,' writes Frank T. Gallo in the revised edition of Business Leadership in China.


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Destination India

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The Deal Maker
Rakesh Wadhwa
( http://www.rupapublications.com/)

Betting on govt performance

Chapter nineteen of The Deal Maker by Rakesh Wadhwa takes you to November 2013, to the boardroom of Asset Finance International, in London.

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Inspiration from ants

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Smart Swarm
Peter Miller
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

What creature crowds can teach us

Working together in smart groups, we can lessen the impact of uncertainty, complexity, and change, whether our groups are small ones like problem-solving teams in companies or huge ones such as the multitudes who maintain Wikipedia, writes Peter Miller in Smart Swarm.

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Motivating the sales force

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Selling Big to China
Morry Morgan
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Sales force management in China

An important section in Morry Morgan's Selling Big to China is on motivating the sales force, where the author begins by ruing that self-motivated Chinese staff are hard to come by. The irony is that China — with 1.3 billion citizens — has a management shortage, he adds. With the benefit of working in China, Morgan identifies three factors behind the shortage of leaders — lack of life experience, poor foresight, and poor teamwork.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Watch the financial bears

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Anatomy of the Bear
Russell Napier
( http://www.visionbooksindia.com/)

Field guide for the bear trail

Consumers do not object to lower prices and neither should investors if they are buying rather than selling, writes Russell Napier in Anatomy of the Bear. Avoiding bears preserves wealth, but buying cheap in a bear market, given the positive real long-term returns from equities, is even more profitable, he adds.

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'The real collapse is still to come'

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The Little Book of Bull Moves
Peter D. Schiff
( http://www.wiley.com/)

Market moves

In a free market system, recessions, however painful serve the salutary purpose of wringing out the excess of the preceding boom and restoring fundamental economic balance, writes Peter D. Schiff in the ‘updated and expanded' edition of The Little Book of Bull Moves.

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Value-based investment approach

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How to Choose Winning Stocks
G. B. R. K. Prasad
( http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Betting on winners

If you feel that ‘MCAP/Sales' has grown faster for a company than the market as a whole or in the aggregate, then you should book profits, advises G. B. R. K. Prasad in How to Choose Winning Stocks: Rewriting formulas for investment.

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Hospitality-specific managerial education

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Strategic Hospitality Leadership
Russell Arthur Smith and Judy Siguaw
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Make room for the boom

In the Asia-Pacific, economy or budget hotels are seeing a boom, writes Michael Issenberg in one of the essays included in Strategic Hospitality Leadership: The Asian initiative (www.wiley.com). Among the factors contributing to the rise are: the enthusiasm of a large proportion of the region's population for travel coupled with a limited disposable income for this interest, and the development of low-cost airlines.

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Employee empowerment

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The Power of Co-Creation
Venkat Ramaswamy and Francis Gouillart
(Free Press)

Innovations through employee engagement

As enterprises embrace the concept of engaging their employees through co-creative organisational processes, they begin to see the positive effects of reduced dependence on top-down processes, write Venkat Ramaswamy and Francis Gouillart in The Power of Co-Creation (Free Press). They find HCL to be an example of such a transformation, built around the ‘employees first, customers second' (EFCS) model.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Recovering from a crisis

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Turnaround Leadership
Shaun O'Callaghan
(http://www.vivagroupindia.com/)

Balancing the business ‘wobble boards'

Make the right promises, gather multiple new viewpoints, develop core business skills, deliver results through relationships, and rebuild trust with authentic communication. These are the five imperatives when recovering from a crisis, says Shaun O'Callaghan in Turnaround Leadership.

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Flying facts

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Flying High in a Competitive Industry
Loizos Heracleous, Jochen Wirtz, and Nitin Pangarkar
( http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

How not to bleed when flying

What makes Singapore Airlines (SIA) profitable in an otherwise dismal industry? This is the question that Loizos Heracleous, Jochen Wirtz, and Nitin Pangarkar explore in Flying High in a Competitive Industry, revised edition.

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Anonymity on the Net

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Terrorism and Homeland Security
Gus Martin
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Surveillance technologies that keep up the chase

Computer technology is now used extensively by many terrorist groups and extremist movements, observes Gus Martin in Terrorism and Homeland Security. It is not uncommon for Web sites to be visually attractive, user friendly, and interactive, he notes.


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The ‘digital you'

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E-Habits
Elizabeth Charnock
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Take care of the ‘you'…

The ‘digital you' is much more than the sum of breadcrumbs you leave behind in your travels through cyberspace; it is a complex mosaic of habit, subconscious acts of both omission and commission, and premeditated presentations, describes Elizabeth Charnock in E-Habits.

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Trading simulators

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The Wiley Trading Guide
Guy Bower
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Trading tips from racing tracks

Have you ever been in front of the trading screen, knowing you should pull the trigger to either enter or exit, but find a reason not to? That is the situation Guy Bower calls ‘Turn Two at Eastern Creek.' The reference is to the racing track in Sydney, where the first turn is ‘a very fast left-hander,' whereas the second is ‘a slow and tight left hairpin,' ‘the corner you'd talk about with the other guys in the pits between sessions,' as Bower describes in ‘Of motorbikes and trading types,' an essay included in The Wiley Trading Guide.

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Marketing fitness

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Instant Recess
Toni Yancey
(http://www.ucpress.edu/)

Towards fitness on a large scale

The time is ripe to create a groundswell of support for making physical activity an essential ingredient of daily life for our own personal and collective good, says Toni Yancey in Instant Recess: Building a fit nation 10 minutes at a time. To improve fitness on a large scale, we require modest changes in physical activity through low-intensity intervention, and then move to the radical restructuring of the physical, social, and cultural environments needed to permanently and consistently support active lifestyles, she suggests.

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