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"Corporate Culture" Books Recommendations
"Corporate Cultures - The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life" book.
For junior and senior managers alike, Deal and Kennedy offer explicit guidelines for diagnosing the state of one's own corporate culture and for using the power of culture to wield significant influence on how business gets done.. Business experts everywhere have been finding that corporations run not only on numbers, but on culture. In this revised and updated 2000 edition of Corporate Cultures , organization consultants Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy probe the conference rooms and corridors of corporate America to discover the key to business excellence. They find that the health of the bottom line is not ultimately guaranteed by attention to the rational aspects of managing-financial planning, personnel policies, cost controls, and the like. What's more important to long-term prosperity is the company's culture-the inner values, rites, rituals, and heroes-that strongly influence its success, from top management to the secretarial pool. For junior and senior managers alike, Deal and Kennedy offer explicit guidelines for diagnosing the state of one's own corporate culture and for using the power of culture to wield significant influence on how business gets done.
"Organisation Culture- Getting it right" book.
An organisation's culture either gives it a competitive advantage or a competitive disadvantage. It is a crucial factor in determining how successful a business is and how much people want to work for an organisation. That is why managers are putting more and more emphasis on getting their organisation's culture right. This book provides a route map for managers who want to *Get a grip on why culture matters and the effect it has on success. *Understand, define and measure their organisation's culture. *Position their organisation's culture: aligning it with the business strategy. *Avoid the common mistakes of "culture change" programmes. *Keep their culture dynamic, responsive and resourceful. Full of real life example from companies as diverse as Ikea, GE, Microsoft, Google, eBay, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Wal-Mart and Tesco, the book also includes a series of wide-ranging practical exercises that will help managers analyse and make their organisation's culture a powerful driver of success.
"The Culture Engine : A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace" book.
An organizational "North Star," codifying valued behaviors for optimal performance The Culture Engine shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution. With practical step-by-step guidance, readers learn how to define their organization's culture, delineate the behaviors that contribute to greater performance and greater engagement, and draft a document that codifies those behaviors into a constitution that guides behavior towards an ideal: a safe, inspiring workplace. The discussion focuses on people, including who should be involved at the outset and how to engage employees from start to finish, while examples of effective constitutions provide guidance toward drafting a document that can actualize an organization's potential. Culture drives everything that happens in an organization day to day, including focus, priorities, and the treatment of employees and customers. A great culture drives great performance, and can help attract and retain great talent. But a great culture isn't something that evolves naturally. The Culture Engine is a guide to strategically planning a culture by compiling the company's guiding principles and behaviors into an organizational constitution. * Decide which behaviors and attitudes are desired in the organization * Secure leader commitment to planning, drafting, and implementing the document * Learn the most effective way to socialize the draft statement and get everyone on board * Model desired behaviors to boost employee engagement throughout the process Organizational culture is not an amorphous thing it comes down from the top, inspired and exemplified by the leadership. It can steer a company up or down, keep it on mission or force it off-course. For an organization to fulfill its potential, the culture must be on-point, truly reflecting the heart of the company from leaders to team members across the company. The Culture Engine helps leaders define the playing field, pushing performance to the next level.
"Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations : Aligning Culture and Strategy" book.
Filled with case studies from firms such as GT Automotive, GE Healthcare China, Vale, Dominos, Swiss Re Americas Division, and Polar Bank, among others, this book (written by Dan Denison and his co-authors) combines twenty years of research and survey results to illustrate a critical set of cultural dynamics that firms need to manage in order to remain competitive. Each chapter uses a case as a means to illustrate an important aspect of culture change focusing on seven common culture-change dilemmas including creating a strategic alignment, keeping strategy simple, and more.
"Diagnosing and changing organizational culture" book.
The Third Edition of this key resource provides a means of understanding and changing organizational culture in order to make organizations more effective. It provides validated instruments for diagnosing organizational culture and management competency; a theoretical framework (competing values) for understanding organizational culture; and a systematic strategy and methodology for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. New edition includes online versions of the MSAI and OCAI assessments and new discussions of the implications of national cultural profiles.
"On Culture and Change" book.
This unique collection looks at the often messy and difficult process of changing workplace culture. The articles examine why there is resistance to change on the corporate and individual level and explains the effect of passive aversion to cultural problems on company performance.


"HR Analytics" Books Recommendations
"HR Analytics - The What, Why and How" book.
This book is designed for those migrating out of reporting into HR analytics and for students looking to understand how their analytical talents fit into Human Resources. This book will explain the 4 levels of value on the HR Analytics roadmap and will provide practical advice on selecting metrics, designing dashboards and setting up an analytics problem. A chapter is dedicated to simple examples to demonstrate how to use a business view to plan analytics projects. The book examines the advantages and disadvantages of trying to build these capabilities in-house and will provide a realistic view of the challenges you will face as an analyst or leader. The concept of building a linkage map to connect HR to the business is demonstrated.
"The New HR Analytics - Predicting the Economic Value of Your Company's Human Capital Investments" book.
In his landmark book, "The ROI of Human Capital", Jac Fitz-enz presented a system of powerful metrics for quantifying the contributions of individual employees to a company's bottom line. "The New HR Analytics" is another such quantum leap, revealing how to predict the value of future human capital investments. Using Fitz-enz's proprietary analytic model, readers learn how to measure and evaluate past and current returns. By combining those results with focused business intelligence and applying the exclusive analytical tools in the book. Brimming with real world examples and input from thirty top HR practitioners and thought leaders, this groundbreaking book ushers in a new era in human resources and human capital management.
"Applying Advanced Analytics to HR Management Decisions - Methods for Selection, Developing Incentives, and Improving Collaboration" book.
Dramatically improve human capital management decisions by applying advanced analytics and "Big Data" technologies and processes! Pioneering HR technology expert James Sesil identifies widespread flaws in today's HR decision-making processes, and reveals how advanced analytics can help organizations make far more robust decisions about employee selection, performance management, strategy alignment, collaboration, and more. In this book he shows how to integrate Business Intelligence, ERP, Strategy Maps, Talent Management Suites, and advanced analytics -- and use them together to make far better decisions. You'll learn how to measure and improve the value of HCM decision-making in workforce/succession planning, talent acquisition, career development, corporate learning, and beyond. Sesil teaches key lessons from sources ranging from online dating services to Moneyball-style sports player selection processes. He shows how to systematically improve decision-making through more complete and sophisticated collaboration and new Collective Intelligence approaches. You'll learn how to use both internal and external data sources more effectively, and review a wide variety of advanced tools now available from vendors such as OrcaEyes, Vemo, Aruspex, Peoplefluent, Infor/Lawson, DecisionLens, Oracle, Ultimate, Cogniti, IBM, SAP, and Microsoft. Sesil concludes by demonstrating how to build "data driven" cultures and organizations that truly want to bring objectivity to decision-making, and will actually use these remarkable new tools. This book will be an invaluable resource for every HR executive, manager, analyst, and IT professional seeking new opportunities for competitive advantage through human capital and technological innovation.
"Predictive HR Analytics : Mastering the HR Metric" book.
Where other functions of an organization deal in profits, sales growth, forecasts and strategic planning, the HR function is responsible for employee well-being, engagement and motivation. Such concerns do not immediately conjure up images of analytical know-how, despite the fact that in reality the management of such things often requires a lot of measurement and technical skill. Predictive HR Analytics provides a clear, accessible framework with which to understand and work with HR analytics at an advanced level, taking HR professionals through examples of particular predictive models so they can develop effective HR strategies based on evidence. Predictive HR Analytics will show step-by-step, using simple terms, how to carry out analysis (using the statistical package SPSS) and interpret the results, helping to communicate the potential of HR analytics and get the most out of the HR function, whether carrying out the analysis or briefing external consultants. The book will help deliver a credible and reliable service to businesses by providing metrics on which executives will be able to make sound business decisions.. By combining those results with focused business intelligence and applying the exclusive analytical tools in the book. Brimming with real world examples and input from thirty top HR practitioners and thought leaders, this groundbreaking book ushers in a new era in human resources and human capital management.


"Organizational Design" Books Recommendations
"Data Driven Organization Design : Sustaining the Competitive Edge Through Organizational Analytics" book.
Data is changing the nature of competition. Making sense of it is tough. Taking advantage of it is tougher. There is a business opportunity for organizations to use data and analytics to transform business performance. Organizations are by their nature complex. They are a constantly evolving system made up of objectives, processes designed to meet those objectives, people with skills and behaviours to do the work required, and all of this organised in a governance structure. It is dynamic, fluid and constantly moving over time. Using data and analytics connects all the elements of the system to design an environment for people to perform; an organization which has the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, at the right time. Only when everyone performs to their potential, do organizations have a hope of getting and sustaining a competitive edge. Data-driven Organization Design provides a practical framework for HR and organization design practitioners to build a baseline of data, set objectives, carry out fixed and dynamic process design, map competencies, and right-size the organization. It shows how to collect the right data, present it meaningfully and ask the right questions of it. Whether looking to implement a long term transformation, large redesign, or a one-off small scale project, this book shows how to make the most of organizational data and analytics to drive business performance.
"Designing Your Organization : Using the STAR Model to Solve 5 Critical Design Challenges" book.
Designing Your Organization is a hands-on guide that provides managers with a set of practical tools to use when making organization design decisions. Based on Jay Galbraith's widely used Star Model, the book covers the fundamentals of organization design and offers frameworks and tools to help leaders execute their strategy. The authors address the five specific design challenges that confront most of today's organizations: * Designing around the customer * Organizing across borders * Making a matrix work * Solving the centralization-and decentralization dilemma * Organizing for innovation
"Guide to Organisation Design : Creating High-Performing and Adaptable Enterprises" book.
Thousands of established businesses fail every year because of the way they are organised, or re-organised. Business survival can depend not only on whether its structures and reporting lines meet the needs of the market, but also whether they can adapt in the face of a rapidly changing business environment. Yet managers seldom talk coherently about structuring or restructuring their operations, let alone take a systematic approach to this vital issue. Too often, companies are restructured for the wrong reasons - for example, because a new CEO wants to make an impact, or to work around a new IT system. This revised and updated Economist Guide shows how leaders should think about and implement the design of a company, using five easy-to-use guiding principles: - Design a company around its strategy and the operating context, not for ulterior or non-business reasons; - Think holistically - don't restructure just one division without taking into account other operations; - Consider future markets, customers and trends, not just what works best now; - Invest time and resources: - a redesign can be complicated to implement and must be done without disrupting daily activities; and - Go back to the basics of how the company operates and its market position; this is not a repair job to fix a short-term problem.
"Organization Design : A Guide to Building Effective Organizations" book.
With the rate of change in organizations at an all-time high, the need for strong organization design has never been more pressing. "Organization Design" provides a complete road map for the implementation of organization design, covering all areas including downsizing, outsourcing and re-structuring. Full of hints and tips, as well as a practical toolkit to take organization designers from start to finish, "Organization Design" outlines the basic theory, provides a step-by-step approach to implementing organization design, and provides solutions to the recurring challenges to be met along the way. OD is about delivering results. By following this tried and tested approach, readers will gain the confidence and skills to put great organization design into practice to ensure business success.
"Organization Design : Engaging with Change" book.
As the purse strings tighten company costs need to be cut without this affecting performance or sales. A common solution to this problem is to restructure the organization of the company i.e. adjust the lines and boxes on the organization chart with the aim of setting it up for high performance. This inevitably fails because an organization is a system; change one aspect and other facets will also change. Organization Design: Engaging with change looks at how to (re) design the organizational system in order to increase productivity, performance and value; providing the knowledge and methodology to design an agile organization capable of handling the kind of continuous organizational change that all businesses face. The book clarifies why and how organizations need to be in a state of readiness to design or redesign and emphasizes that people as well as business processes must be part of design considerations. Responding to developments across the world since the first edition, this book covers, among other topics: * Technology changes that have impacted upon organizations * Increased demands for 'sustainability' and corporate social responsibility * The pressure on organizations to be smarter, more efficient and more effective Whilst the material on this subject targets a wide management audience, this book is specifically written for consultants, OD/HR practitioners and line managers working together to achieve the goal of organizational redesign for changing circumstances. Aided by a range of pedagogical features, this book is a must-read for students or practitioners involved in the field of organizational design, development and change.


"Organizational Storytelling" Books Recommendations
"Business Storytelling For Dummies" book.
Use storytelling to influence people and move them to action Need to get your point across? Get staff on board with change? Foster collaboration? Increase sales? Strengthen employee engagement? Build customer loyalty? Drive innovation and creativity? Capture best practices? Align people around a goal? Grow your business? Business Storytelling For Dummies can help you do this and more. Pre-order your copy today through Amazon! Discover: * Expert advice with real-world examples * Proven case studies, tips, and templates * How to get results by capturing, crafting, telling stories, and more
"Telling the Story : The Heart and Soul of Successful Leadership" book.
How to master the art of narrative leadership Telling the Story shows how leaders affect our understanding of what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell. It opens a door into the world of narrative leadership: what stories are and how they work; when to tell a story and how to tell one well; and how the language and metaphors we use influence our actions and change how we think about the world. * Explains how narrative leadership shapes and defines what's possible on an organizational level * Written by a renowned consultant on the art of narrative leadership * Challenges leaders to consider how narrative can influence and help create the kind of society they envision
"The Leader's Guide to Storytelling : Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative" book.
How leaders can use the right story at the right time to inspire change and action This revised and updated edition of the best-selling book A Leader's Guide to Storytelling shows how storytelling is one of the few ways to handle the most important and difficult challenges of leadership: sparking action, getting people to work together, and leading people into the future. Using myriad illustrative examples and filled with how-to techniques, this book clearly explains how you can learn to tell the right story at the right time. * Stephen Denning has won awards from Financial Times, The Innovation Book Club, and 800-CEO-READ *The book on leadership storytelling shows how successful leaders use stories to get their ideas across and spark enduring enthusiasm for change * Stephen Denning offers a hands-on guide to unleash the power of the business narrative.
"The Story Factor : Inspiration, Influence and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling" book.
The new material for this revised edition offers an expanded case study of storytelling in action that focuses on one of Simmons's success stories. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold facts, bullet points, and directives can't. These stories, combined with practical storytelling techniques show anyone how to become a more effective communicator. From "who I am" to "I-know-what-you're thinking," Simmons identifies the six stories you need to know how to tell and demonstrates how they can be applied. This revised edition offers a guide to using storytelling in specific business circumstances, including corporate reorganizations, layoffs, and diversity issues.
"Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins : How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact" book.
Stories have tremendous power. They can persuade, promote empathy, and provoke action. Better than any other communication tool, stories explain who you are, what you want...and why it matters. In presentations, department meetings, over lunch - any place you make a case for new customers, more business, or your next bigidea - you'll have greater impact if you have a compelling story to relate. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins will teach you to narrate personal experiences as well as borrowed stories in a way that demonstrates authenticity, builds emotional connections, inspires perseverance, and stimulates the imagination. Fully updated and more practical than ever, the second edition reveals how to use storytelling to: capture attention; motivate listeners; gain trust; strengthen your argument; sway decisions; demonstrate authenticity and encourage transparency; spark innovation; and manage uncertainty. Complete with examples, a proven storytelling process and techniques, innovative applications, and a new appendix on teaching storytelling, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins hands you the tools you need to get your message across - and connect successfully with any audience.


"Personal Effectiveness" Books Recommendations
"Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why : 10 Things You'd Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead" book.
A revised and updated edition of the career advancement guide that advocates working smarter, not harder, from one of America's premier career consultants. Do your job, do it well, and you ll be rewarded, right? Actually, probably not. According to career guru Donald Asher, advancement at work is less about skillsets and more about strategy. The revised and expanded edition of "WHO GETS PROMOTED, WHO DOESN T, AND WHY" details exactly what puts one employee on the fast track to an exceptional career, while another stays on the treadmill to mediocrity. Whether you re new to the workforce, repairing a recession-damaged career, or feeling stagnant and overlooked at work, this book is your ticket to advancement. Learn: why timing is more important than talent how corporations "actually" make promotion decisions how to avoid career mistakes "you don t even know you re making" what "women" in the workforce particularly need to know and the twelve proven strategies for promotion regardless of your industry and experience If you want to know how to control your career destiny, the solution is to work smarter, not harder. "WHO GETS PROMOTED, WHO DOESN T, AND WHY" will help you do just that."
"The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs : How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience" book.
Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage. Using Jobs s legendary presentations as a blueprint, communication-skills coach Carmine Gallo has mapped out a ready-to-use framework of presentation secrets to help you plan, deliver, and refine the best presentation of your life. You ll learn how to: Create an inspiring brand story Answer the one question that matters most Paint a specific, memorable, and consistent vision Make numbers meaningful Deliver unforgettable moments Build visually engaging slides Master stage presence Make it look effortless Rehearse effectively Have fun Every chapter provides tools and strategies for you to implement in your next presentation. Using actual presentations from Steve Jobs, Gallo helps you identify and adopt Jobs s techniques to keep your audience on the edge of their seats, giving customers, clients, and coworkers alike an exciting experience. With "The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs," you can take charge of any room, deliver your message concisely and clearly, convey the value of your products and services, and sell your ideas more persuasively than you ever imagined possible. Best of all, you ll blow away the competition, turning prospects into clients and clients into evangelists for your brand. Steve Jobs was a hard act to follow but once you start using his techniques in your own presentations, you ll be hard to forget."
"Leading Change" book.
The international bestseller--now with a new preface by author John Kotter. Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter's ideas on change management and leadership. From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M&A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recession--we've learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It's the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller Leading Change is more relevant than ever. John Kotter's now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work. Leading Change is widely recognized as his seminal work and is an important precursor to his newer ideas on acceleration published in Harvard Business Review. Needed more today than at any time in the past, this bestselling business book serves as both visionary guide and practical toolkit on how to approach the difficult yet crucial work of leading change in any type of organization. Reading this highly personal book is like spending a day with the world's foremost expert on business leadership. You're sure to walk away inspired--and armed with the tools you need to inspire others. Published by Harvard Business Review Press.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People : Powerful Lessons in Personal Change" book.
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations."


"Sales Incentives Design" Books Recommendations
"Compensating the Sales Force : A Practical Guide to Designing Winning Sales Reward Programs" book.
The classic guide to raising your bottom line with the perfectcompensation strategy-fully revised and updated! Sales compensation WORKS! Nothing motivates a sales force better than apowerful compensation program. And whenyour salespeople are motivated, revenue soars. Buthow do you design a program ideally suited for yourbusiness strategy and organizational needs? It'sa delicate balance that makes all the differencebetween profit and loss. More and more sales leaders have turned to Compensatingthe Sales Force to help them discoverproblems in their present system and create a compensationprogram that works best for their needs.Now, in the second edition of this authoritative,jargon-free handbook, sales compensation guruDavid J. Cichelli brings you completely up to date onsetting target pay, selecting the right performancemeasures, and establishing quotas. He suppliesclear guidelines for building the right compensationplan for any type of firm, of any size, in anyindustry, and he offers step-by-step procedures forimplementing each approach. In Compensating the Sales Force, second edition,Cichelli has substantially expanded the book'spopular formula section, and he provides brandnewexamples of: Income producer plans Sales rep commission plans Bonus plans Incentive plans Base Salary management plans The book also includes all-new chapters for global,complex sales organizations and hard-to-compensatesales jobs. Using the lessons in Compensating the Sales Force,you'll construct and calculate accurate formulas forpayout purposes and establish highly efficient supportprograms, such as sales crediting and accountassignment. Complete with dozens of real-world examples thatillustrate important points and demonstrate specifictechniques and procedures, Compensatingthe Sales Force provides all the tools you need todesign and implement a sales compensation planthat maximizes profits-and keeps them climbing. .
"Complete Guide to Sales Force Incentive Compensation : How to Design and Implement Plans That Work" book.
Packed with hundreds of real-life examples of what works and what doesn't, this important guide helps you: understand the value of building an incentive plan that is aligned with your company's goals and culture; avoid the common trap of overusing incentives to solve too many sales management problems; measure the effectiveness of your current incentive program, employing easy-to-use tools and metrics for pinpointing its weak spots; design a compensation plan that attracts and retains successful salespeople, including guidelines for determining the correct pay level, the best salary incentive mix, the proper performance measures, and the right performance payout relationship. By combining those results with focused business intelligence and applying the exclusive analytical tools in the book. Brimming with real world examples and input from thirty top HR practitioners and thought leaders, this groundbreaking book ushers in a new era in human resources and human capital management.