Posts Categorized: Books

Experience, Exposure, Education

70%: Experience 20%: Exposure 10%: Education The 70:20:10 Framework Explained is a holistic framework, a “reference model”, and not a recipe. “A reference model is an abstract framework consisting of an interlinking set of clearly defined concepts produced by an expert or body of experts in order to encourage clear communication.” – p.17. Charles Jennings explains… Read more »

The New How – Review

The New How: Creating Business Solutions through Collaborative Strategy is a how-to book for anyone involved in strategy development in a large organization. It’s a toolkit for implementing a more collaborative workplace. It’s about the How and not so much the What or Why, though there are many anecdotes shared by the author Nilofer Merchant,… Read more »

The Storytelling Animal

In The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall tells us how stories make us human. The book looks at gender differences in weaving our own stories, the cultural significance of stories, and some of the science and pseudo-science on story, narration and memory. It boils down to a simple formula, says Gottschall. Story = Character + Predicament… Read more »

The Nature of the Future – Review

What will the future look like? Here are some glimpses. Genomera: Crowdsourcing clinical trials. BioCurious: Hackerspace for biotech. Lending Club: “We replace the high cost and complexity of bank lending.” ScholarMatch: Connect under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. Foresight Engine: How would you reinvent the process of medical discovery? Open… Read more »

As the world keeps churning, work today is all about learning

The title of this post is what Dan Pink, in his book To Sell is Human, would call a rhyming pitch. He also discusses the question pitch, and I followed his recommendation in the Pitch chapter and developed my own. Are things more complex now, than they were five years ago? Your Work? Your Markets? Your… Read more »

The Power of Pull and PKM

The Power of Pull by John Hagel. John Seely Brown & Lang Davison looks at how digital networks and the need for long-term relationships that support the flow of tacit knowledge are radically changing the nature of the enterprise as we know it. It is also an excellent reference book for understanding many facets of… Read more »

Future Perfect

What is a “peer progressive”? Steven Johnson, in Future Perfect, describes a person who is neither right-wing nor left-wing, ignoring the labels of 20th century politics, and one who embraces the power of networks for the betterment of society. To be a peer progressive, then, is to believe that the key to continued progress lies… Read more »

Taking Charge of your own Development

I was interviewed by Rob Paterson (podcast at link) this week and we talked about work, jobs and taking charge of your own professional development. Rob summarized our half-hour together with these points. It is a real pleasure to have someone else encapsulate what you think. The Change in Work – It’s not just factory workers… Read more »

The Connected Company Review

I received a copy of Dave Gray’s The Connected Company from O’Reilly books and must say that Dave has done a great job. It is a comprehensive read, covering complexity and networks, and how they are changing business. The book also includes a lot of detail (almost 300 pages) on how to shift to becoming… Read more »

Organizations Don’t Tweet – Review

Managers’ authority is being replaced by the need to influence, so how will they manage in the future? How do you manage online environments and encourage them to be a productive use of people’s time? Being obsessively interested in what people are doing and asking great questions is the way to help steer their collective… Read more »