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The 5 Essentials: Using Your Inborn Resources to Create a Fulfilling Life
The 5 Essentials: Using Your Inborn Resources to Create a Fulfilling Life
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Words for a More Fulfilling Life, September 23, 2013
Bob Deutsch is a provocative, expansive thinker and it is a pleasure to spend time with him in these pages. This book is inspirational yet profoundly practical. It is self-help that centers on the self and that offers wise guidance for exploring the mystery and magic inside all of us.

I teach leadership and one of the first principles I share with students is that you have to know yourself. I will be recommending this book to them as a worthy companion on their journey of self-discovery.


Founders Less Than Three (Founders < 3 Book 1)
Founders Less Than Three (Founders < 3 Book 1)
Price: $7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, witty, and spot on, August 14, 2013
This novel takes the start up world seriously...but not too seriously. The serious side centers on the challenge of women trying to make it in the male-dominated tech world. They often aren't taken seriously. A savvy VC could likely make a bundle only investing in female initiated ideas because they are undervalued.

The not too seriously part is the writing and the story. It is fun, funny, and zips along. The cultures of Silicon Valley and Boston are painted with love and then nicely skewered to pop their pretensions. The protagonist is quirky and texturally rich; some of the supporting characters read a bit like they are from central casting but, no matter, this book is an enjoyable and energizing read.


Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value
Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value
by Michael Beer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and practical, July 28, 2013
I found this book to be both powerful and practical. I have read many books that talk about companies doing good while doing well. This is one of the few that lays out steps steeped in a deep understanding of business strategy, organizational design, and operations. In short, instead of just waving the flag of social good, it presents pragmatic approaches to achieving that good while still delivering the financial results required in a capitalist economy. It is full of stories of executives walking the talk.

For better or worse (for better in my view), the authors define social value quite broadly. The perspective is that a good corporate citizen is a responsible partner with all stakeholders. So this isn't a deep dive into how companies can lessen their environmental impact, for example, but rather a challenge for executives to understand the social impact of their organizations on all stakeholders and then take steps to make that impact positive rather than negative. The approach is to use social impact as a lens for sharpening performance and deepening relationships with employees, customers, and suppliers.

One limitation of the book is that the authors seem to use executive management interchangeably with leadership. In my view, leadership is a distinct set of behaviors that can be found at all levels of the organization. The skills of senior executives to manage effectively are critical but not synonymous with getting people to believe in and take action for a larger purpose, leadership. This is common in business books. I point it out here because the message of this book is that by both managing AND leading well, business people can enable their organizations to achieve the higher ambition of the title: positive social impact and excellent financial returns.

The number of books touting businesses delivering on social goals is becoming more and more crowded. I found Higher Ambition to be among the most instructive and useful. The authors have both academic and business experience as consultants which is reflected in the solid framework which they present and the rich array of real world examples they use to illustrate it.


The Collaboration Economy: How to Meet Business, Social, and Environmental Needs and Gain Competitive Advantage
The Collaboration Economy: How to Meet Business, Social, and Environmental Needs and Gain Competitive Advantage
by Eric Lowitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.84
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lowitt Really Gets It., July 28, 2013
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The most powerful contribution Lowitt makes is demonstrating that contemporary corporate strategy is intricately and inextricably interwoven with the health of the planet, its species, and our societies. Every company is ultimately dependent upon natural resources as are its customers and suppliers. Strategy is not just about competitors anymore.

Lowitt also makes the compelling case that the only way to address the large, complex issues that underlie the challenges capitalism faces is for companies, the civil sector, and the public sector to work together for mutual benefit. Collaboration -- even at times with one's competitors -- is the way forward to sustainable growth.

I highly recommend this book. If you are a hard-nosed corporate type who has dismissed sustainability as soft stuff at the fringe, it will change your thinking. If you are a "greenie" used to railing against big companies, it will change your thinking as well. Lowitt's take is both inspirational and practical. The book is eminently readable and well worth your time.


Herald Square: A Novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet)
Herald Square: A Novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet)
by Jefferson Flanders
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Thriller, February 22, 2013
Herald Square delivers on a number of fronts: The characters are compelling and well developed. The atmosphere of post-WWII New York both crackles and sparkles. The sub-plots keep things lively while adding dimension to the main narrative. The suspenseful story pulled me through such that I hated to put it down. I also learned a fair amount of baseball history.

I hope that Mr. Flanders has another novel in him. If it is as good as this one, I'll snatch it up right away.


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1.0 out of 5 stars This is an unauthorized book, October 3, 2012
On behalf of the staff and faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative: this book was developed without the cooperation, participation, or sanction of anyone involved in our work on meta-leadership. This includes the author named on the cover.


Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
by Peter Calthorpe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $46.82
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling case for urbanism, October 11, 2011
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Calthorpe's book is an engaging read that makes a compelling case for urbanism as a connecting concept that can unite specialties from environmentalism to urban planning in the quest to create cities that are sustainable economically, socially, and environmentally. He lays out clear choices and consequences. He also provides ammunition for those who need to make these arguments without using the phrase "climate change."

The book could use a few more photographs or illustrations in its center section. Calthorpe describes various "place types" and it would be clearer if there were visuals to accompany the text. This was the only part of the book that dragged a bit. The data visuals in the front and back of the book are stunning so it is not a lack of resources or imagination.

As with any true believer, Calthorpe occasionally comes under the spell of his own utopian vision. The challenges to achieving the urban future Calthorpe envisions are immense but the conceptual framework he lays out will be helpful for viewing any number of decisions from lot size restrictions to transit investments. As I read, I wanted to move to a place that Calthorpe designed. Thinking of how to make my city more like his urbanist ideal brought back the reality of dealing with multiple agencies, jurisdictions, and interests. The journey is not easy though Calthorpe makes a strong case that it is one we must make.

If you are at all interested in issues of our urban future, this book is a worthy addition to your collection.


The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
by Walter Kiechel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.67
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Must Read Biz Book of 2010 (really), February 10, 2010
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In the Lords of Strategy, Walter Kiechel deftly unpacks many of the ideas that many of us take for granted -- from competitive advantage to value chain to core competencies -- and explains their history, impact, and relevance with insight and wit. He takes material that could have been as dry as day-old toast and instead creates an engaging and compelling read.

Kiechel approaches his subject neither with reverence nor venom: he helps us understand the pioneering thinkers who created the world of "business strategy" by exploring the ways in which they reshaped the corporate landscape, how their personalities influenced their work, and the lasting impact (for better and worse) that they have had. He's equally prescient about how the Lords bolstered the careers of their client CEOs and enriched shareholders (eventually) -- and why, especially for middle managers, a deep consulting engagement can feel more like a rectal exam than an exercise in improving the company. He traces the rising dominance of left-brained analytical thinking in the consulting firm and the executive suite as well as the increasing "fierceness" of capitalism.

I've learned more reading this book than in any 10 average business books (and I've read a lot of them). It really is a must-read for anyone in business or entering the corporate world. It will explain much, prepare you well, and expand your understanding of contemporary business thinking.

Full disclosure: the author is a former colleague. The principal impact that has had on this review is that I can say unabashedly that in this book he demonstrates the same erudition, wit, and ability to bring together seemingly disparate ideas, people, and events into a thoroughly compelling narrative just as he did when we worked together. I've already purchased multiple copies of this book for associates so my money is co-located with my mouth.


Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win
Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win
by George Stalk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardball is a Home Run, October 19, 2004
This book is clear, straightforward, and practical -- not things you can say about a lot of strategy books. The examples are excellent and made it easy to share the insights with my colleagues. It's a great book for managers with a job to get done.


Time to Make the Donuts: The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey
Time to Make the Donuts: The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey
by William Rosenberg
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great business book and much more, November 23, 2001
Time to Make the Donuts is a wonderful read. I bought it because I've bought at least a million cups of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. What I found was an insightful and entertaining story of a dynamic individual who found time for making far more than donuts. There were lessons, both business and personal, that resonated with me. It is a well-written look into an exceptional life.


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