Book review by Reg Birchfield
New Zealand’s over-heated housing market is a source of serious economic, financial, political and social concern. There is both local and global agreement that this is so.
There’s nothing new about this latest edition of Total Leadership other than a new preface by its author Stewart D. Friedman and the fact that it’s now published in paperback. The book, first published six years ago, still claims to help its readers “be a better leader” and “have a richer life”.
Of course organisational culture and leadership matter. This promotional catalogue of research undertaken by Human Synergistics researchers parades a regiment of graphs to make the case for their particular approach improving organisational performance.
I must admit, I found opening up to nine pages of promotional blurbs from a disparate array of luminaries including Jeffrey Archer and Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, off-putting. Get over it, was my second thought, and read the god-damned book.
In 1994 Don Tapscott released The Digital Economy – arguably the first best-selling book about the Internet. The book hit the charts quickly and lasted, for example 7 months on the BusinessWeek best sellers list.
US publishing house, Wiley and Company, have released a third book by Evan Stubbs, the chief analytics officer with SAS Australia and New Zealand and a board member of the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia.
“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg in her book, Lean In. Some new research by global workplace provider, Regus, suggests mindsets are changing.