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Posted Feb. 14, 2012 6:06 a.m. by sally-haldorson
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In Gary Hamel's new book, What Matters Now (which we are giving away this week on inBubbleWrap!), he encourages leaders to define a mission that "embodies the values of trust, generosity, and forebearance" no matter how "radical and weird" it seems. But he even goes further and suggests you bring love into the equation.
[H]ere's an experiment to try. The next time you're stuck in a staff meeting, wait until everyone's eyes have glazed over from PowerPoint fatigue and then announce that what your company really needs is a lot more luuuuuv. When addressing a large group of managers, I often challenge them to stand up for love (or beauty or justice or truth) in just that way. "When you get back to work, tell your boss you think the company has a love deficit." This suggestion invariably provokes a spasm of nervous laughter, which has always struck me as strange.
Why is it that as managers we are perfectly willing to accept the idea of a company dedicated to timeless human values, but are, in general, unwilling to become practical advocates for those values within our organizations?
The problem, as Hamel defines it, is that organizations tend to value utilitarianism, but shy away from valuing values. "[T]his kind of dedication to big-hearted goals and high-minded ideals is all too rare in business. Nevertheless, I believe that long-lasting success, both personal and corporate, stems from an allegiance to the sublime and the majestic."
Hamel is the author of The Future of Management and the co-author, with C.K. Prahalad, of Competing for the Future. What Matters Now is a multi-tiered look at how organizations must become more adaptable and innovative by tapping into the creative power of their people rather than relying on a more traditional, more inhuman, management ideology.
Other books we love that put heart at the heart of the matter?
The Bestsellers of 2010
Posted Dec. 30, 2010 8:57 a.m. by dylan
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This year saw a big development in our monthly bestseller lists, as Inc. magazine decided to partner with us to spread the word about what books businesspeople are purchasing for themselves and their teams. Thus was born the Inc./800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List.
We've recently compiled the numbers for the entire year, giving weight to both total sales numbers and how long each book stayed on the list (and at what number), and we are now pleased to present
the bestsellers of 2010.
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath; Gallup Press
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg, John David Mann ; Portfolio
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard By Chip Heath, Dan Heath, Broadway
- Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World by John Hope Bryant; Jossey-Bass
- Return of the Gold: The Journey of Jerry Colangelo and the Redeem Team by Dan Bickley; Morgan James Publishing
- Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit and Drives Tomorrow's Growth By Inder Sidhu , FT Press
- Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert T Kiyosaki; Business Plus
- Accelerating Out of the Great Recession: How to Win in a Slow-Growth Economy by David Rhodes, Daniel Stelter; McGraw-Hill
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin; Portfolio
- What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter; Hyperion
- How Companies Win: Profiting from Demand-Driven Business Models No Matter What Business You're In by Rick Kash, David Calhoun ; HarperBusiness
- Keep Swinging: An Entrepreneur's Story of Overcoming Adversity & Achieving Small Business Success by Jay Myers, Darren Dahl; Morgan James Publishing
- Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone by Mitch Joel, Business Plus
- Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Is Still Coming... and How You Can Prepare Yourself and Profit from It! by Robert T Kiyosaki, Sharon L Lechter; Business Plus
- Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith; Hyperion
- The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace by Lynn Lancaster, David Stillman; HarperBusiness
- Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down by Vineet Nayar, Harvard Business Press
- The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures by Frans Johansson; Harvard Business Press
- Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon; Crown
- Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business by Josh Bernoff, Ted Schadler; Harvard Business Press
- The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer; Portfolio
- Spend Shift: How the Post-Crisis Values Revolution Is Changing the Way We Buy, Sell, and Live By John Gerzema, Michael D'Antonio; Jossey-Bass
- Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuck; Harper Studio
- The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing? by Jeffrey W Hayzlett, Jim Eber; Business Plus
- Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now by Vickie Milazzo; John Wiley & Sons
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