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Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Reading ‘Winning with Transglobal Leadership’

Title: Winning with Transglobal Leadership: How to Find and Develop Top Global Talent to Build World-Class Organizations

Authors: Linda D. Sharkey, Nazneen Razi, Robert A. Cooke and Peter Barge

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0071790512, 266 pages



Management experts Linda D. Sharkey, Nazneen Razi, Robert A. Cooke and Peter Barge acknowledge the common characteristics and competencies of good leaders but argue convincingly that global leaders need additional, unique skills. The authors have sufficient impressive knowledge of global business to write knowingly about global leadership based on their experience alone. Yet this work stands out because they add their analysis of past and new research, including surveys and interviews with some 150 global leaders, and they use that data to test their assumptions.

This uncluttered, interesting read includes new, useful and, in one case, even surprising findings. Of course, the authors offer the inevitable global leadership basics, but they present these core concepts in a succinct, relevant way as they build toward a logical, evidence-based framework that features practical tools and guidelines for developing global leaders. getAbstract recommends this book to board members, executives, leadership development experts, HR officers, and actual and aspiring global leaders.

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Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Geoff Colvin’s ‘The Upside of a Downturn’

Title: The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath

Author: Geoff Colvin

Publisher: Portfolio, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1591842965, 192 pages


The 2008 recession and its lingering aftermath have undoubtedly transformed the global economy. All aspects of business have changed, including consumer attitudes, competition, employee relations, the role of government, and customers’ saving and spending behaviors. Yet with all these shifts, few companies have consciously adapted to new business realities. Business journalist Geoff Colvin writes that the recession presents some intrepid managers with a rare opportunity to reinvent themselves and their businesses. He proposes 10 strategies that firms of all sizes can use to compete in the post-recession world. Unfortunately, some of his role models for those strategies haven’t held up as well as he anticipated – his book appeared in mid-2009, before all the dust of the financial crisis had settled. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends his 10 sensible prescriptions to leaders who want a makeover for themselves and their enterprises.

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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Roger Martin’s ‘Fixing the Game’

Title: Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL

Author: Roger L. Martin

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1422171646, 249 pages


Roger L. Martin, dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a life-long sports enthusiast, writes that the 2008 mortgage meltdown was only the most recent crisis in the chronically ill U.S. economy and that another setback is inevitable unless American business leaders change their approach. He traces the U.S. economy’s problems to the mid-1970s, when corporate philosophy shifted from serving consumers to placating shareholders. He calls for a return to the old business model of paying executives based on real achievement not on meeting or missing projections. He cites the U.S. National Football League (pre-referee strike) as the perfect illustration of how well a real-rewards model can work if executives put their customers first. “It isn’t about how profitable a company wants to be,” Martin says, “It is about in what way the company becomes profitable.” getAbstract believes that his playbook can help corporations get back in the game.

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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Reading ‘The Extraordinary Coach’

Title: The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow

Authors: John H. Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0071703406, 320 pages

Managers who try to coach their employees often make wrongheaded assumptions about what their staffers think. They offer unhelpful advice about what staffers should do to improve their work, and this is exactly what coaching should not be. Human resource development hall of famer John H. Zenger and his colleague Kathleen Stinnett spell out everything for managers who haven’t a clue about coaching or how to conduct coaching sessions. getAbstract recommends discovering whether you need this helpful manual in much the same way that the authors suggest using when you conduct coaching sessions — by asking questions. Do your employees need coaching? Do you feel ready to coach? What can you do to learn more about being a coach? Would reading thoughtful information about coaching help? If so, this is the book for you.

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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Reading Charlene Li’s ‘Open Leadership’

Title: Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead

Author: Charlene Li

Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470597262, 336 pages


Social technology is changing the face of business as it changes the core element at the heart of business: relationships. Charlene Li, co-author of the best-selling Groundswell, moves you into tomorrow’s world of business connections with tools, cases studies and practical experience. Some of her examples might seem a bit obvious, but her advice remains sound and grounded in the real world. getAbstract recommends Li’s forward-looking approach to executives, PR leaders and managers of any business seeking greater social technology involvement.

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