Did you know that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from space? You did? It’s not true. It’s what´s known as an urban myth. These are so stories that are so popular that they have become ingrained in our culture, and become retold throughout the world. In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath explain why some of these stories ‘stick.’
Category Archives: Sociology
BOOK REVIEW: “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (2010)
During the last session of the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Roger Martin, Academic Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute of the Rotman School of Management, began his talk with a Scientific American of 1868 showing the telegraph and railroads, which says that in no other period had there been so much transformation and change.
At the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum, Helga Nowotny looked at the embarrassment of complexity and in particular its positive sides. She argued that complexity can expand human capabilities by the clever use of technology linked to novel organizational forms. It humbles us in view of what can and cannot be predicted.
I am honoured to have been invited to address this opening session.
The subject that you are going to discuss during the next two days is not an easy one and the Organisers are to be complimented that they have succeeded in putting a program together that has attracted so many participants from different walks of life and of such diverse experience.
Such a varied group of participants should help to ensure that at the end of the conference we will know what we are really talking about and what managers and educators should be aware of when dealing with complexity issues in their organisations.
At the welcome address of the 2013 Peter Drucker Forum Richard Straub began by welcoming the participants five years after the beginning of the Global Peter Drucker Forum.
Welcome to all of you to the 5 th Global Peter Drucker Forum – welcome to you here in the auditorium and welcome to all those on our live stream. In addition to the 350 participants present in the auditorium we have some 1000 participants registered for the live stream.
Born with hemophilia, Bob Massie’s story is literally stunning. I was fortunate enough to attend one of his talks recently and like some fifty odd colleagues I was spellbound for over an hour as he talked about the struggles he has had to overcome. He is not bitter or filled with regret. He final message is one of this hope and joy. “If I am lucky,” he says “I have another 10 000 days on this Earth and I intend to enjoy every single one of them.”
A Song in the Night sets out his life story. Read this book and if you ever get the chance, find out where Mr. Massie is speaking and go and listen to him. Continue reading
“There is no such thing as a instant leader.” begins Bill George. Think about the typical CEO of a company. What made his or her leadership style significant to the livelihood of the company, if it was successful to begin with? One quickly realizes that the definition of being a ‘leader’ is not all black and white as numerous leadership studies and archetypes make it out to be. In fact, the former CEO of Medtronic argues that the best leaders are those who do not aim to be leaders, but those who aim to embody leadership throughout the company, called ‘authentic leadership.’
BOOK REVIEW: “When Core Values Are Strategic: How the Basic Values of Procter & Gamble Transformed Leadership at Fortune 500 Companies” by Rick Tocquigny
One of the side effects of buying books on Amazon these days is that you often buy them based on titles, and don’t get the chance to look through them. For sure, Amazon has a search device that allows you to go through the book, but this is actually quite slow and difficult to deal with, so personally I don’t bother. The result of this is that you sometime end up buying books that you wouldn’t necessarily have bought, had you seen it in a bookstore. This is one case in question. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it will sometimes give you a different perspective and challenge you to read in different ways.
BOOK REVIEW: “Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution and Change” by Lawrence G. Hrebiniak (2005)
“Making Strategy Work” is a fairly long, but easily readable book, by Lawrence Hrebiniak, a professor at Wharton University, and consultant. The book draws on the author’s 25 years’ experience of teaching senior executives, and the underlying premise that runs throughout it is that, while setting a strategy is a good thing, it is the execution that is crucial for the success of an organization. Successful execution requires that a company looks very closely at such things, as power within the firms, and how to manage change.