Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath is a book on how to change things when change is hard. The sequence of change is not ANALYZE-THINK-CHANGE, but rather SEE-FEEL-CHANGE. Read the book and learn why!
I just love the title of Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn. The author explains the trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A’s, praise, and “other bribes” What matters is not how motivated one is, but how one is motivated. Large quantities of the wrong kind of motivation do not bode well for the goals […]
Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley consists of a number of essays which Meg has written over the years. Some of these are the best I have read about self-organization and team-orientation principles. She has strong arguments why the prevailing command-and-control mode of operation, where edicts are given from […]
Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon is an English translation of a Swedish book whose title is “Riv Pyramiderna”, i.e., “Tear Down the Pyramids”. This book is about strategic leadership. The author’s thinking is more radical than the English title gives impression of. I will come back with further comments in Swedish.
Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward L. Deci, Richard Flast is recommended reading for managers, teachers, and parents. How you relate to your employees, students, or children have an enormous impact on performance, adjustment and morale. Empirical research shows that intrinsically motivated performance is superior to controlled performance. Furthermore, contexts that […]
Thomas W. Malone compares in The Future of Work centralized hierarchies, loose hierarchies, democracies and free markets from a business perspective. Tomas describes how the “new order of business” will shape organizations, management and our lives. His basic tenet is that decreasing communication costs influences/enables/drives organizational decentralization. The conclusion is that to be an effective manager it […]
Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by David J. Anderson is recommended reading if you are interested in evolutionary improvement of software development. Part 1 of the book gives an introduction to Kanban. Part 2 explains the fundamentals such as limiting work in progress and continuous improvements. Part 3 goes in depth with […]
Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother is a very interesting book. What I find particularly interesting is the view that an organization’s processes and practices are an outcome of people’s thinking and behavior. The traditional view is that you can control human behavior by defining the processes and […]
Beyond Budgeting: How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap by Jeremy Hope is about how to break free from the yearly budgeting process. Jeremy makes a strong case for decentralization in business. One of the most notable examples in the book is Svenska Handelsbanken (SHB) which moved beyond budgeting and the fixed […]
Future Search by Marvin Weisbord & Sandra Janoff is a planning meeting setup involving the whole system. It has been in use since the early 1980s. I find the approach interesting since it flattens hierarchies, broaden the lines of communication, and encourages a dialogue born from the deep knowledge in each person in the system. The […]