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Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World Hardcover – January 27, 2009
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If the twentieth century was "the American century," the twenty-first century may well be "the global century." Globalization spreads wealth across the world, opens new consumer markets, and reorients the dynamics of the American market. It's a different world, but it's a world full of new business opportunities open to anyone with the courage to seize them.
Successful decision-making in this global age requires much more than just a typical business-school education and the usual best practices. Success requires a new and different set of competencies, particularly the ability to coordinate, communicate, and cooperate across borders and cultures. Executives must be able to transcend their biases to adapt to today's economy, learn to establish opportunities for future growth, and lead multinational corporations with strategies unrestrained by culture or nationality.
Shaking the Globe is a modern guide to this new brand of global business leadership. It's far too late to turn back the clock on globalization, even if we wanted to do so. Small and large businesses deal with this change as a matter of life or death. Adaptation requires the alignment of all employees to appreciate distant local customs, dig up new business opportunities, and master the art of entrepreneurship in an interconnected world.
Combining her extensive international business experience and research with practical resources like the FISO Factor® Assessment Toolwhich measures your ability to both Fit In and Stand OutMcGarvie offers Shaking the Globe as a powerful, modern guide to effective decision-making in a world of constant change and shifting dynamics. For those leaders or aspiring leaders who are courageous enough to lead in a challenging business environment, opportunity is everywhere. Stand up and grab it, with this powerful guide to modern decision-making.
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Praise for Shaking the Globe
"Every manager needs to see the new world through several lenses. Blythe provides those lenses. You will broaden your thinking and worldview by reading this essential book and understanding how interdependent the world is."
—Ram Charan, PhD, business consultant and coauthor of the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
"McGarvie offers a framework for addressing the dramatic financial and demographic shifts in a multipolar world. Her perspective is one of engagement, not isolationism, as she urges executives to become global citizens receptive to diverse cultures—or risk losing in the interconnected commercial arena. Like Thomas Friedman, McGarvie seeks to banish globalization's misconceptions while instead advocating a path that anticipates and adapts to change in ways that produce effective strategic action. None of this is easy, but McGarvie is an accessible guide on this rich and rewarding journey."
—Dipak C. Jain, Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
"Reading Shaking the Globe is like spending time with Blythe herself. It reflects her enormous curiosity about every facet of our changing world, broad span of knowledge, intelligent observations, and engaging outlook on individual success. Enjoy!"
—Tamara J. Erickson, McKinsey Award–winning author of Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work
"This is a must-read for men and women who aspire to lead in a global economy. McGarvie cleverly combines a sophisticated but understandable rendering of the global business context with examples of challenges surmounted by real people, and questions that are guaranteed to stop you dead in your tracks . . . and challenge you to see the world in a completely different way."
—Robert J. Thomas, author of Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader
"Achieving sustainable growth and managing risks concern all corporate leaders, especially CEOs and board members. Shaking the Globe stands out as a definitive work on mastering leadership to successfully compete globally. McGarvie challenges us to rethink the qualities, competencies, and requirements of those who will fit and be successful."
—Gayle Mattson, global head, CEO, and Board Practice for DHR International
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Shaking the Globe is an important work, and with the current global economic situation, even more so. The title to Part 1 "Preparing for Adventure" is an interesting choice of words considering how the global economy has unwound since McGarvie put the final to press. The book also fits the only two words I'll use to describe the current global playing field: creative destruction. Coined by Werner Sombart's work and popularized by Joseph Schumpeter, Sombart's words ring out: "Again out of destruction a new spirit of creativity arises." I believe the history and postscripts to this current time period will again fit these words, and this book gives a handy prep-class for those looking to get quick and reliable learning.
Shaking the Globe would have also been a great resource for my MBA Global Management Capstone on China just a few years ago, when some argued there was no way a country like China could pass the USA Consumer Market. It would have been nice to have the table on page 5 showing China projected in first place in 2025. There is plenty more here; this is a framework one can and should adapt to their own needs.
I titled the review "here we go again" as I seem to be following in the footsteps of McGarvie's first book FISO, of which I have given over a dozen copies away and sent the link to many more. I have finally "claimed" a copy of Shaking the Globe so that I can write my notes and do my highlighting... I'll pass on the link to Amazon!
Any business book coming to print since Q4 2008, through the first part of 2009, is bound to suffer at least modestly from sounding a bit out of step from any financial/trend data and implied projections cited, due to the rapid decline in the world economic picture. And, this one is not immune, with certain figures projecting global workforce and economic growth already likely to be in need of re-casting.
Fortunately, such material makes up a small part of the book's content and value. The real strength is 3-fold:
1-the authors' personal international experiences - the book is peppered with multiple first-hand stories the author recounts of her global career, that infuse the book with an authenticity that comes from one who has "been there done that." In these, she introduces people, places, and particular events with a clear eye and occasional wry humor that are good life lessons for anyone dealing with a global challenge
2-unique perspective as a successful, female financial executive - the author's content is especially strong in chapters on "financial realities" "women working" and "shareholder interests." This is no doubt a direct reflection on her personal experience, having been an early one to crack the glass ceiling, especially in the male-dominated finance and accounting roles she led during her Fortune 500 run.
3-her ability to draw upon a wide array of existing sources and models (including her own) that help the book serve as a quick reference for multiple - chapter 3 on leadership is a quick synopsis of the author's Fit In Stand Out model, described and illustrated in depth in her prior book "The FISO Factor." But not having an academic turf to protect, the author cites a number of models, frameworks, and favorite lists, building a portfolio of reference material from great professors and practitioners alike. Taking a highlighter to the book for that aspect alone makes it a handy quick reference guide.
In summary, the book more than achieves what one would hope to get from an investment of $21.95 USD and a couple of hours of free-time reading for the modern, busy professional. It pays back the investment manyfold with stories, research, and suggestions from McGarvies' "voice of experience" that makes "Shaking the Globe" one for adding to the reading list of any modern manager considering global business - which means everyone.
I found myself turning down the corners of many pages as I read through this thought-provoking book. In a chapter entitled "Women Working" she presents a fresh approach to describing the critical contributions of women in the workplace, including evidence that "companies with several women board members report better financial results."
This book is well worth the time to read and surprisingly relevant in light of the fast-changing economic turmoil we're in. It encourages us to embrace global realities and resist looking for answers in protectionism and isolation.