Beating the Global Odds: Successful Decision-Making in a Confused and Troubled World
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What We're Saying
Last week, we released our picks for the Best Business Book of 2012 as well as the eight category winners. Following in the footsteps of the New York Times, if we may, who asked a few of their esteemed book reviewers to reveal a list of their favorite books of 2012 ("Favorite is not synonymous with best, so this process can be painful. Brutal honesty is required. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Today, Michael and I took two books we've been looking at, and shared an interesting point from each. The books are, Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi, and Beating the Global Odds: Successful Decision Making in a Confused and Troubled World. Both of the books offer advice on simplifying and improving one's approach to decision making, innovation, and leadership. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The Answer to Global Overload
Contending with the 24/7 news cycle and an endless barrage of choices and information has stymied leadership and decision-making strategies among those at the top. But we all know, this is not a just a problem for the elite. The broad-based reaction to this chaotic, unmanageable assault has been to retrench, and to focus on immediate, controllable decisions. In the process, we lose sight of the horizon. More dangerous still, is the shift we've seen from value creation to wealth creation, where information technology 1.0 has enabled a transaction-based society in which the "deal" is more important than the value it drives or the relationships it is based on. On our current path, the odds of a better future are slim.
What we need is a new value proposition.
Beating the Global Odds is the answer to the dangers of too much of a good thing. There's no going back, but there is the opportunity to set things right. In this book, Paul A. Laudicina, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of global consulting firm A.T. Kearney, provides a fast-paced and engaging tour of how we got to this point and what we can do about it.
Drawing on examples from everything from world history and current media to anecdotes from his vast network of CEOs and the world's most innovative thinkers, Laudicina helps bring our world of seemingly fuzzy and disconnected pixels into sharp focus.
The result is a compelling case for change and call to action--not only for global leaders but also for everyone who struggles with the question of how we can inspire and seize a better future... how we can beat the global odds.