What's on our bookshelf?


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The Advantage

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.



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How Will You Measure Your Life?

From the world’s leading thinker on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, notably the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him, is widely recognized as one of the most significant business books ever published. Now, in the tradition of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life is with a book of lucid observations and penetrating insights designed to help any reader—student or teacher, mid-career professional or retiree, parent or child—forge their own paths to fulfillment.



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What Matters Now

This is not a book about one thing. It's not a 250-page dissertation on leadership, teams or motivation. Instead, it's an agenda for building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition.
This is not a book about doing better. It's not a manual for people who want to tinker at the margins. Instead, it's an impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it—to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism, organizational life, and the meaning of work.
Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others. While the challenges facing organizations are limitless; leadership bandwidth isn't. That's why you have to be clear about what really matters now. What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead? Hamel identifies five issues are that are paramount: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology.
Concise and to the point, the book will inspire you to rethink your business, your company and how you lead.



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Fierce Conversations

The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott, wants her readers to succeed. To do that, she explains, one must transform everyday conversations employing effective ways to get the message across. In this guide, which includes exercises and tools to take you step by step through the Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches readers how to:

  • Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
  • Expand and enrich conversations with colleagues, friends, and family
  • Increase clarity and improve understanding
  • Handle strong emotions-on both sides of the table


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Relationship Revolution

Your customers are angry. Very angry!
The turmoil of recession has left them feeling let-down, anxious and betrayed. They know how often businesses over-promise and under-deliver, and they’re now deeply cynical. Trust in business is at an all-time low.
This defining moment calls for nothing less than a ‘Relationship Revolution’. The businesses that will prevail will be the ones who understand that customer relationships will be the dominant factor in determining success in the post-recession era. At a time when everyone is looking for value, this is where you can create the kind of ‘unique value’ that you need to succeed.
Simple yet profound, practical and full of examples, this book will become essential reading for business leaders in the coming years.



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Growth: A Question For The Customer

A presentation by Argil CEO and founder Lawson Leslie at a recent business growth breakfast had a group of CEOs thinking and questioning their own methodologies for growth. He boldly challenged the group with his opening question: “What kinds of conversations are you currently having with your customers and could these conversations be the key to unlocking your business growth?”
Leslie’s question hints at what he deems to be the best kept secret in business growth and forms part of the simple philosophy that Argil is using to achieve astounding results for their customers in the business growth arena.

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Leading through Connections

For some time, businesses have been refining and optimizing their networks of suppliers and partners. They're streamlining supply chains and creating massive back-office efficiencies. But something just as meaningful has been happening in the marketplace — the sudden convergence of the digital, social and mobile spheres — connecting customers, employees and partners in new ways to organizations and to each other. These changes put pressure on the front office to digitize and adapt but also create opportunities for the organization to innovate and lead.

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Culture Takes Over When the CEO Leaves the Room

Here's a rough summary of our worldview: excellence = design x culture. Your job as a leader is to get both right. You must build a winning structure for your organization and then foster the often unspoken rules and values that will bring that structure to life.
People tend to gravitate towards the design challenge, which includes things like strategy, business models, and incentive systems. The levers of design change are tangible. We can draw org charts and issue stock options. We can hire management consultants to help us.
But if we may be blunt for a second, what the hell is culture? And how exactly do you get any better at it?

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"Rebooting Business" A must read

Two of the world's most prestigious accounting bodies, AICPA and CIMA, have formed a joint venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.

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Why Culture Is Key

The elements that make up a truly innovative company are many: a focused innovation strategy, a winning overall business strategy, deep customer insight, great talent, and the right set of capabilities to achieve successful execution. More important than any of the individual elements, however, is the role played by corporate culture — the organization's self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, and believing — in tying them all together. Yet according to the results of this year's Global Innovation 1000 study, only about half of all companies say their corporate culture robustly supports their innovation strategy. Moreover, about the same proportion say their innovation strategy is inadequately aligned with their overall corporate strategy.

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