The opposable mind

How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you’ll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different. Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs. Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge including conceptual and experiential knowledge.

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The spirt of success

The spirt of success

Who are you? Why are you living and working in the way that you are? What might you yet become and do with your life? The answer to these three fundamental questions lie at the heart of this revolutionary guide to changing the way we live and work. If we work with our heart as well as our head, we can get beyond simply functioning to realise our true potential. We will discover the things in life which make us feel whole, excited, creative and motivated. In touch with our humanity, we will become better leaders too – more inspirational, more visionary, more understanding. Introducing us to the invaluable principles and practices which can redefine our lives – as they have countless others – Norman Drummond gives meaning and purposes back to our working lives – and connect us to the true spirit of success.

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Thinking fast and slow

The phenomenal international bestseller – over 1.5 millions copies sold – that will change the way you make decisions

Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything

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