When it comes to performance, great businesses and impressive individuals do more than simply deliver their numbers. They also engage with us; they make a human connection; a great performance moves us in some fundamental way. Great companies, great teams, and great individuals are defined y a wider set of abilities that create extraordinary levels of performance. This book explores the mindsets and techniques used by top performing artists and adapts these for the creation and delivery of great business performance.
Based on five core principles – ‘Adopt the Artistic Mindset’, ‘Build Connected Ensembles’, ‘Create Compelling Narrative’, ‘Rehearse Creatively’, ‘Deliver Brilliant Performances’ – the authors bring together unique perspectives and methods for anyone in business who wants to excel in their work and career.
A new perspective on achieving great business performance based on lessons from the world’s leading performance artists.
How to create great performing teams, individuals and companies.
Original insights from the world of performing arts and the artists that move us through their performances.
Written by authors who have successfully trained high performers in business.
FORMAT: 216 x 138mm
Bookbinding: Paperback with flaps
Number of pages: 224
Dr Mark Powell is a business writer, consultant and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience. His increasing focus has been using performing arts to solve modern day business challenges.
Jonathan Gifford is a business author who formerly worked in advertising and magazine publishing. He studied philosophy at University in Kent and played saxophone semi-professionally.
In today’s fast-paced business environment and the age of engagement and experience, delighting customers must be at the forefront of an organization’s strategy. It’s a mantra to be baked into everything the company does, regardless of industry vertical. This book is for anyone ready to do things differently, to ensure your business is engaging on an emotional level and building deeper personal connections with customers and key stakeholders.
Simon Paris, CEO, Finastra
The book reminds us that ‘the industrial mindset is infuriatingly pernicious’ and the pressures of this mindset drive an exclusive focus on process and efficiency, which can stand in the way of exceptional performance. This book provides a great stimulus to connect with the human and emotional, which is essential to our ability to communicate with our various audiences. There is much to learn from an understanding of the mindset behind great artistic performance, and thus this book is an inspiration for any leader who operates in a public arena such as an organization. When I first worked with Mark and Jonathan, I found the concept of learning from performance artists deeply unsettling, but it was transformative for me and this book provides insights that will benefit any leader. Any business book that references The Tale of Peter Rabbit is pretty special!
This book is about icons – exceptional organizations (orchestras, restaurants, sports teams or companies) with an aspiration to make or do something special, and to go on doing so, year in, year out for decades. This is what gives these organizations their undeniably iconic status.
By selecting 14 iconic organizations (including ElBulli, McKinsey, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Procter & Gamble, the All Blacks) and researching what characteristics make them different from others, the authors discovered a “competency spiral” which these organizations exhibit in their success. Attracting and retaining the right people; forging individuals into a team; and achieving outstanding results, time after time, through continuous improvement and adjustment – these are the key competencies required to achieve iconic status.
Author: Xavier Bekaert, Gillis Jonk, Jan Raes & Phebo Wibbens
China’s economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China.
Wang Jianlin is one such entrepreneur. From small beginnings as an unknown soldier, Wang ventured into business and led a residential development company that was in imminent danger of going bankrupt. He turned the business around, and today, the Dalian Wanda Group is a transnational enterprise that has become a major player in real estate, football and the entertainment industry. This is the inside story of Asia’s richest man, his rise from humble origins, who became one of China’s great entrepreneur heroes, and whose presence today is pursued by the world’s most important political and business leaders.
The future of business will be all about “business as unusual”. The rising wave of new technology in particular will mean companies and individuals will experience change at a rate and scale that will surprise many. In this book, a leading futurist and consultant provides a unique perspective for understanding and managing such change.
Hyttffors draws from the idea of yogic philosophy and the concept of mind mastery to help managers address the future of rapid change. He weaves together cutting edge technology with ancient Indian philosophy to increase business leaders’ understanding of how everything is becoming interconnected, and how current problems on a macro level and disruptive technologies (as solutions) will change the world. Moreover, he argues that successful management of change can be achieved by managers through a deeper understanding of human emotions.
This is an authoritative and practical guide to collecting, analysing and managing data, to enable managers and companies to develop successful business strategies. Data has become a dominant factor in today's business environment. This book, written by a leading practitioner, explains the underpinning nature of data for a company's business strategy. The book begins with data collection: getting data is no big deal; getting the right data to win in the market is. It moves on to data analysis: turning data into actionable intelligence is what drives and determines competitive advantage. And, finally, managing data: how to organise your data collection and analysis to create winning strategies. This is a definitive book about one of the most important topics in today's digital and data-driven economy.
Author: Erik Elgersma
If you work in business, the chances are you have fallen under the poisonous spell of business bullshit and jargon. Very few of us seem able to avoid “reaching out”, or “walk the talk”, or “shifting paradigms”, or “think outside the box”. No longer solely the province of management consultants, investors and MBA types, business gobbledygook has mesmerized the rank and file around the globe.
Help is at hand with this The Business Bullshit Book, aptly described as “the world’s most comprehensive collection” of the top 2,000 business terms and jargon that have infected us all. Stay sane (and keep your colleagues and customers from suffocating you) from the business bullshit madness by having this dictionary by your side. Based on his wide and extensive experience with business bullshit, Kevin Duncan deciphers the terms and language of modern-day business speak.
The health of our brain, as measured through cognitive health domains such as “executive function”, is the single most important aspect of our overall health. In business, good cognitive health enables you to go beyond simply coping, to managing and leading. For a fully functioning brain enables us to operate to our highest capacity and reach optimum performance. Improved cognitive health allows us to become sharp, accurate, confident, precise, attentive, a source of wisdom and a bundle of energy.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key cognitive health domains and how they impact your ability to operate at your best. You will understand the importance of each domain in order for you to maximize your cognitive health and be your best – or to have the best executive function.
In this counter-intuitive book for managers, the author argues that no one is perfect and that success as a leader is not about being perfect and always doing the right thing; it is about accepting your own humanity and adopting a number of down-to-earth attitudes and values. That’s when we achieve true (adequate) success.
Through ten commandments – starting with “Be humble – as a manager, you are also an employee” – management expert Kelly Odell provides a new perspective on how we should behave as managers in this age of differing cultures and values. How we think about people, motivation, power and relationships is the foundation for successful management. Odell argues that too much emphasis is placed on the leader setting a good example and becoming a (heroic) role model, when in fact a leader whose priority is on other people is more likely to create value for their company and succeed as a manager.
China's economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China. Ma Huateng (Pony Ma) is one such entrepreneur. In 1998, he co-founded Tencent Inc, starting with the company's QQ instant messaging tool that became a huge hit in China. Under Ma's leadership, Tencent has moved into web portals, social networks, multi-player games and e-commerce, making the company today an Internet powerhouse and China's number one brand. Ma himself was hailed by Time magazine in 2014 as one of the world's most influential people. This book examines the rise of Ma and Tencent, known for their truly innovative thinking and approach to technology and business.
This is an authoritative and practical guide to analysing business data, to enable managers and companies to develop successful business strategies. Data has become a dominant factor in today's business environment. This book, written by a leading practitioner, provides a series of tools and methods for analysing data and contributing to the success of the company. The main aim of data analysis is turning data into actionable intelligence that will drive and determine a company's competitive advantage. However, this does not happen by magic, rather it is through the rigorous application of appropriate tools. This book sets out 19 key tools for data analysis that have been tried and tested. Applying such tools will result in solid analyses of the business environment, that will contribute to better designed strategies and the company's strength in the marketplace.
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