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Influential Business Books for Creating an Adaptive Business

Posted by Stephen Parry on May 20, 2020 1:42:27 PM

Businesses that are capable of sensing what is important to customers and then adapting the entire organisation to meet these needs will dominate the marketplace.  They will have happy customers and happy, engaged employees.

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Topics: Adaptive Business, Human Resources, Lean Services, Operating Strategy, Workforce Strategy, Organisational Design

"The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on May 2, 2020 11:30:19 AM

The Black Swan:  The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2008) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a fantastic book.  Its central theme is the inability or perhaps even a refusal to see randomness, especially when it departs from the norm in an extreme fashion.  This blindness has an enormous impact on society.  

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Topics: Operating Strategy, Workforce Strategy, Supply Chain Specialist, Logistics Specialist, Black Swan Event

Changing the Way you Change: A New Form of Business Adaptation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 3, 2020 12:37:36 PM

Over the last 10 years for a multitude of social, economic and technological reasons, organisations are under pressure to change rapidly.  Executives are demanding the adoption of ever-increasing quick fixes and practices, resulting in more fragmentation and confusion amongst staff, managers and customers.

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Topics: Lean, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Management and Training, Operating Strategy, Digital Transformation

"Adaptive Enterprise" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 13, 2012 12:53:01 PM

Adaptive Enterprise: Creating and Leading Sense-And-Respond Organizations by Stephan H. Haeckel (reprinted in 2016) was originally published as a concept outlining the case for Sense and Respond type organisations.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, Service Effectiveness, Operating Strategy, Sense and Respond Organizations

"The Gold Mine" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 13, 2012 12:39:12 PM

The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround (2005) by Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé contains some gems. Its format is very similar to The Goal (2004) by Eliyahu Goldratt -- a novel-style portrayal of a company trying to get back to profitability, so there is a case for comparison.

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Topics: Lean, Operating Strategy, Operations Strategy, Organisational Design, Service Delivery

"The Black Swan" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 13, 2012 12:28:33 PM
The central theme of The Black Swan (2008) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the failure -- the refusal, to see randomness, especially extreme departures from the norm and the enormous impact this has on society.  
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Topics: Adaptive Business, Operating Strategy, Workforce Strategy, Organisational Design, Service Delivery

"Beyond Budgeting" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 13, 2012 11:57:52 AM

Beyond Budgeting: How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap by Jeremy Hope and Robin Fraser and its associated Harvard Business Review articles have not attracted the attention that they deserve. 

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Topics: Change Leadership, Human Resources, Service Effectiveness, Operating Strategy, Business Book Review

"The Human Side of Enterprise" Book Review by Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 7, 2010 6:01:07 PM

This annotated version of The Human Side of Enterprise (2006) by Douglas McGregor has been wonderfully brought back into the sunshine and placed in the modern setting by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Professor of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and formerly Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Sloan School of Management. 

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Topics: Change Leadership, Work Climate, Adaptive Business, Operating Strategy, Workforce Strategy, Organisational Design

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