The world is exhibiting the urgent need for sustainable change. In his first book, Curt Blattner introduces a new approach fit for the modern workforce which encourages sustainable interactive leadership – placing the dialogue between leaders and teams at the centre of development. Based on his experiences in leading positions of the international retail giant, Nestlé, Blattner shares his stories and the model used to support the globally successful coffee retailer. Blattner draws influence from the Swiss direct democratic governance and non-hierarchical politics and applies them to leadership to sustainably create high-performing teams for the future.
The Heartbeat of Excellence offers a detailed alternative to changing culture for anybody to understand and follow fostering a human process with Emerging Change, creating high performing human relations, and consequently installing change sustainably, the Swiss Way.
Create sustainable high performing teams the Swiss way
Insightful lessons from the interface of retail – The Heartbeat of Excellence introduces a new leadership model fit for the modern workforce.
For leaders, teams and consultants, globally, who want to bring coherence and cooperation to their business.
The generation entering the workplace today are looking for freedom and autonomy – this new model helps create those environments.
Curt is a seasoned consultant with expansive international business experience in some of the world’s largest retail companies.
Publisher: LID Publishing
FORMAT: 216 x 138mm
Bookbinding: Paperback w/flaps
Number of pages: 180
Curt Blattner is Co-Founder of the Institute of Emerging Change consultancy. Curt has had an extensive career at Nestlé including the construction and leadership of a global group of internal consultants for continuous improvement. Curt has Canadian and Swiss citizenship and grew up in Australia and Switzerland. He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
The Heartbeat of Excellence brings to mind the phrase, ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ Curt’s book is concerned with putting people first in change processes and workplace structures. This is a timely read with an unexpected Swiss twist.
Alois Zwinggi, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
Success remains, in many areas, essentially a result of functioning human relationships, despite tremendous progress in technology. The foundations of such effective working relations are respect, tolerance and appreciation of diversity. Curt always highlighted the importance of such interpersonal relations during his personal life.
Stefan Palzer, Executive Vice Precident and Chief Technology Officer, Nestle S.A.
How is it that some brands and companies manage to last decades, fending off crises and turbulence and continuing to prosper, while others fail? What does it take to achieve sustainable value and success?
In this timely and important book, Luis Gallardo argues that executives and managers not only have to think holistically (in terms of strategy, structure and operations), but also act personally (to become “rousers”) if they are to succeed in these ever-changing times. As a manager, you have to engage and people, from top to bottom, and provide an understanding of the company’s mission and brand. As well as taking a broad, systems approach, you have to rouse (ignite and excite) the people in your organisation in order to make things happen. This balance between strategy and tactics, big picture and detail, planning and action, corporate direction and personal responsibility is the key to progress and resilience for your company in today’s turbulent times.
China’s economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times.
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is hugely popular in China. This book tells the story of how he turned Huawei into one of the world’s most recognized business brands and the much admired management philosophy behind
It seems every day we encounter a "crisis" or difficult issue of some sort that affects our work. Such difficulties can come from within work (eg, a difficult client or boss, missing a target or deadline, rejection of a proposal or plan, feeling undervalued) or outside of it (eg, personal issues such as family, relationships, debt, alcohol). All have the potential to trigger stress, anxiety...and lead to crisis mode. This practical book offers strategies and guidance to coping with and surviving a range of crisis moments and issues that affect our ability to perform at work. Written by expert coaches, the book helps anyone to develop a series of competencies in order to help us manage crisis points and improve our personal resilience.
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.
In 2012, the Chinese company Huawei Technologies overtook Ericsson to become the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, firmly establishing itself on the world business map. Today, it has over 170,000 employees worldwide and in 2014 the company generated a remarkable profit of $5.5 billion.
Whilst research and development and the technology that results from it are core drivers of Huawei’s success, the company’s amazing growth is also determined by its human resource strategy. This is based on a “customer-first” attitude, the belief that obtaining opportunities is through hard work and, above all, “a dedication to do the best in anything we do”. How Huawei promotes this dedication amongst its workforce is the subject of this important book. Through original incentive systems, employee ownership and the mentality to act like a boss, Huawei has managed to create a culture of dedication that has become the bedrock of its growth today.
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.
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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 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
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This book enables you to create a life path for yourself that is more harmonious for you to enjoy and experience, which in turn is more harmonious and satisfying for those around you. In that way we all could achieve more with less effort and less strife, which ultimately will help the world, become a slightly better place to live in.
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