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The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change
The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change
by Matthew E. May
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.80
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A way of thinking for the 21st Century, January 1, 2014
The main character in Matt May's book goes through personal practice and mastery of a more scientific style of thinking and acting. A brilliant read for those who see the message and pattern between the lines of this engaging story: Deliberately practicing iterative ways of thinking and acting to achieve goals along what you come to see as delightfully unpredictable paths.


Relevance Regained
Relevance Regained
by H. Thomas Johnson
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book, October 8, 2011
This review is from: Relevance Regained (Paperback)
Where does sustained competitive advantage come from? Using top-down accounting results to command and control an organization works well enough... if conditions are stable and the path to the goal is known. In that case, management's task consists largely of establishing targets, providing incentives and periodically checking results.

But many companies are finding themselves in marketplaces grown crowded and dynamic. It's not possible to know how conditions will develop, and when you fall behind it's hard to catch up. Our current managerial-accounting-based management system may not be up to the task that these challenges present. In crowded, dynamic markets, leaders and managers need to teach their people how to work systematically and iteratively to overcome obstacles and meet larger goals.

The change in market conditions can be slow to surface, so we may feel little urgency to change our management approach. And resistance to such change is naturally great anyway. In this book Professor Johnson gets you thinking... what if the constant use of financial-accounting-based "process drivers" cripple organizations in the long run, leading to eventual decline? Then Johnson points to mindset and behaviors that leaders, managers and business schools can adopt to better equip them for the uncertain grey zones ahead.

This book is completely germane to today's world, and it will surprise you to learn it was first published in 1992. Relevance Regained is a classic I recommend to anyone interested in management and leadership.


Compression: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainability Through Vigorous Learning Enterprises
Compression: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainability Through Vigorous Learning Enterprises
by Robert W. Hall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $59.80
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compression Thinking, March 9, 2010
This is not a conventional book on lean, quality, culture or sustainability. It and the accompanying website (compression dot org) take on the hurdle of rethinking growth through expansion (hence the title) in a detailed, matter-of-fact way.

Economic and ecological conditions may require businesses, governments and other organizations to adopt a new organizational model. That is the goal of Compression: "To learn how to continue improving human quality of life while greatly reducing our consumption of energy and virgin raw material, while releasing no toxic chemicals into either air or water." Dr. Hall views work organizations as a key to human survival and quality of life, but with some adjustments:

- Mission, not wealth maximization, is an enterprise's main purpose.
- People are the enterprise, rather than just assets working to benefit the owners.
- Enterprises that develop the capability to rapidly learn and responsively execute changes can cope with challenges.

Questioning the belief that every entity maximizing its return leads to the greater good could collide with some of our innate human programming (such as: females choose, males try to get chosen), but, as the systems-thinking community has been pointing out, it is probably time for this conversation. Compression is packed with observations, ideas and steps that reveal the wide and deep experience of the author. Read it and join the conversation.


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