Resources

Organisational Development

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz

Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution? Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X

Leading Self-Organising Teams by Siegfried Kaltenecker

What are self-organising teams? Why do we need them? How can we effectively lead in a self-organising environment? This workbook provides practice-based answers to these questions. Focused on helping lean and agile professionals to improve, these answers offer a clear understanding of what self-organisation is about and why we need it to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The author gives an overview on the cornerstones of so-called leadership as a team sport and wants to encourage you to make good use of the broad collection of proven tools he offers.

Teaming to Innovate – Amy Edmondson

Innovation requires teaming. (Put another way, teaming is to innovation what assembly lines are to car production.) This book brings together key insights on teaming, as they pertain to innovation. How do you build a culture of innovation? What does that culture look like? How does it evolve and grow? How are teams most effectively created and then nurtured in this context? What is a leader’s role in this culture? This little book is a roadmap for teaming to innovate.

Exponential Organisations – Salim Ismail

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company – the Exponential Organization – that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers. Three luminaries of the business world – Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone – have researched this phenomenon and documented ten characteristics of Exponential Organizations.

Executive Coaching

Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership – Bill Torbert

Action Inquiry is the process of transformational learning that individuals (and even whole organizations) can undertake to better assess current dangers and opportunities, act in a timely manner, and make future visions come true. Through short stories of leadership and organizational changes in the areas of business, politics, health care, and education, this book illustrates how this process can increase personal integrity, improve relationships, and lead to company profitability and long-term success.

Turn the Ship Around – A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders – David Marquet

One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst t first in the fleet. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet’s approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier – and everyone is a leader.

Playing Big – Tara Mohr

Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspiration were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. And so Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from the inside out: this book is the result.

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