Day: June 18, 2018

Harvard Business Review: 10 Must Reads on Change Management

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This book On Emotional Intelligence, I really wanted to read because, I can always improve my emotional intelligence and leadership skills. The New York Times bestseller on Emotional Intelligence is a case based and sciences backed book, well written and easy to dig into. The book was dubbed “One of The 25 Most Influential Business Management books” by TIME Magazine. With every case there is a reflection upon what could be improved, as well as a overall summary of the idea behind the case . 

This is one of those books one should put small markers in to get back to every now and then. Emotional intelligence is becoming more and more widespread as a must amongst leaders. Unlike before were more aggressive and “My way or the highway” type of leadership has been culled. This book gave me a good insight on what to focus on and gave me a checklist of ideas that I could go on with. I rate it 3.9 out of 5 because i think it is an interesting topic, well written and has some good cases in it took me longer than expected to read it as it is not a super catchy book.

A useful rule of thumb: If you can’t communicate the vision to someone in five minutes or less and get a reaction that signifies both understanding and interest, you are not yet done

Here is a little snippet checklist from the book

1. Lead change throught eight critical stages 

2. Establish a sense of urgency 

3. Overcome status qou 

4. Mobilize commitment 

5. Silence naysayers 

6. Minimize the pain of change 

7. Concentrate on the resources at hand 

8. Motivate change when business is good

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John Paul Kotter- Born 1947 in California, is a professor of leadership at Harvard Business School. Kotter is founder of Kotter International, a managment consulting firm based in Boston. Kotter teaches in business, leadership and change.

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Harvard Business Review: 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence

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This book On Emotional Intelligence, I really wanted to read because, I can always improve my emotional intelligence and leadership skills. The New York Times bestseller on Emotional Intelligence is a case based and sciences backed book, well written and easy to dig into. The book was dubbed “One of The 25 Most Influential Business Management books” by TIME Magazine. With every case there is a reflection upon what could be improved, as well as a overall summary of the idea behind the case . 

This is one of those books one should put small markers in to get back to every now and then. Emotional intelligence is becoming more and more widespread as a must amongst leaders. Unlike before were more aggressive and “My way or the highway” type of leadership has been culled. This book gave me a good insight on what to focus on and gave me a checklist of ideas that I could go on with. I rate it 3.9 out of 5 because i think it is an interesting topic, well written and has some good cases in it took me longer than expected to read it as it is not a super catchy book.

My immersion in research on work performance led me realize that all too often the quality of data on which business people based people decisions left much to be desired.

Here is a little snippet checklist from the book. These are EI capabilities of leadership

1. Self Awareness – Know you own strengths, weakness, drive, principals and influence on others

2. Self regulate – Control & redirecting of disruptive thoughts, impulses, mood

3. Motivation – The pleasure of performing

4. Empathy – The understanding of others emotional composition

5. Social skills – The ability to build a relationship to others & make them go in the right direction

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Daniel Goleman is an psychologist and science journalist from California born 1946. He is a lector, a New York Times Bestseller author and has won several awards for his psychological publishings. Some of the topics Goleman has written about include: Meditation, self-deception, creativity, transparency, social and emotional learning.

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness is about our choices and how we make them. It is a eye opener in what we do and why we do things. Thaler and Sunstein offers a new perspective on how to prevent the countless bad mistakes we make in our lives. The book covers personal investment, consumptions of unhealthy foods, neglect of our natural resources and more. A nudge makes it more likely that an individual will make a certain choice. By altering the choice architecture we can in a predictable way without forbidding options change automatic cognitive processes to favor a desired outcome. Sunstein & Thaler both describe that we process things in two systems of thought:

       1. System is a automatic, fast and prone to enviromental stimuli

       2. System is slow reflective and take intentions as well as goals into account

A nudge alters environmental stimuli and resulting in choice that is the most positive or desired outcome. Like in a cafeteria where the cake is placed in the end and not as the first item.

To push slightly or gently, especially with the elbow, to get someone's attention, prod someone into action, etc.

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I really liked this book but it was sometimes a bit tedious in length. Some critics may say that these small nudges won’t change long term behavioral patterns. When that is said the book gives good insight on how the human brain functions on a smaller scale and has both application in marketing, business and small scale decision making techniques. Some of the book was applicable but I felt other parts could be left out. Overall great and interesting book with a Mentor Score of  3/5

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Cass R. Sunstein is a American scholar of law. Born in Massachusetts USA in 1954. Sunstein has taught for 27 years at the University of Chicago Law School, is the University Professor at Harvard Law School and is a Honorary Doctor at Copenhagen Business School. Studies published between 2009 – 2013 Sunstein has ben found to be the most frequently cited American legal scholar. Sunstein has also been Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012

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Richard H. Thaler born 1945 and American economist. Thaler was president of the American Economic Association in 2015 and is a Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2017 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Announced in the Nobel Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that his “contributions have built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making”.

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Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

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The book is about Germany under the influence of what most people would consider hard narcotics. But at the time no one knew about the consequences of taking high amounts of different substances for extended periods of time. Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany covers how Germany at the time took meth like people drink coffee. You need to be critical of all sources of information, but considering how many documents gets declassified over the years it is no wonder that, more and more juicy stuff surfaces. The history is written by the winners and Germany was seen as a place where everyone was a part of the Nazi regime. A lot of the soldiers, the normal citizens and even Hitler himself was under the influence of some, of the all time hardest narcotics. This begs the question was it like we thought it was? How much was drug related and how much was just pure evil?

The fact was that between the autumn of 1941, when he started being given hormone and steroid injections, and the second half of 1944, when first the cocaine and then above all the Eukodal kicked in, Hitler hardly enjoyed a sober day.

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I  think this book was a thrill to read. Just the idea that so many aspects of the war was based on pure “will” gets questioned when you through cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine and other deviants of the former into the mix. According to Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany the blitzkrieg was not even possible, if it was not for “the little blue pill”, with meth in. The book takes you on a journey behind the scenes with the German soldiers and how Hitler’s personal doctor abuses him and others around him with hard narcotics, to keep them afloat. It becomes a deep cross addiction. I really enjoyed this book to the very end, and would recommend to anyone who enjoys history. I rate this book a 4.8/5 because I think that it is a bit to long although you get to see a 360 degree view of Germany at the time which is very well done.

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Norman Ohler was born in Zweibrücken in 1970. He is a journalist and has studied culture science and philosophy. He has earlier released novels and short stories. Norman has throughout 5 years made research in archives both in Germany and the US for this book, Blitzed; Drugs in Nazi Germany, which lead to his first non-fiction book.

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