Insights, ideas and inspiration

Most of our blog entries can be read in two or three minutes. One or two go into greater depth and others are bite-sized. All are intended to share with you insights, ideas or inspiration that we hope you will find useful, interesting or energising.

A Playbook for Business Model Innovation

We recently reviewed "Reinvent Your Business Model - How to Seize the White Space for Transformative Growth" by Mark W Johnson. This is essentially a playbook which includes a four-box framework for understanding what business model innovation is and how to apply it in different contexts.

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Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller

Our latest book review is on "Building A Story Brand" by Donald Miller. The book deconstructs elements of a great story and explains how we can use this story framework to write a clear description of our business that helps us better communicate and position our business to potential customers.

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Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

Read past the idealism of the first few pages and this book develops a powerful and optimistic vision of how free enterprise capitalism ought to and can operate to achieve an optimal balance of interests between all of the stakeholders in a company; rather than focusing on returns for some at the expense of others.

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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

This hugely enjoyable book unearths fascinating insights into the causes and effects that give rise to the success enjoyed by individuals, teams, companies, communities and societies across the world. One to read for the pure pleasure of it and to top up your store of stories to share with friends and family!

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Neuropsychology for Coaches: Understanding the Basics by Brown & Brown

Not nearly as heavy as it sounds! An approachable explanation of brain chemistry and how this impacts our performance.

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Your Brain at Work by David Rock

Using the responses of two central characters to a range of everyday scenarios we all face at work, this book offers a straightforward explanation both of how our brain works, and of how this knowledge equips each of us to make better choices: small changes to our behaviours that can reap disproportionate benefits for ourselves, our families and colleagues.

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The Power of TED* by David Emerald

A short fable which explores the unhelpful roles and associated behaviours that we will all have witnessed at work and elsewhere, and exhibited at one time or other, and the more effective choices we could make to better support ourselves, our colleagues and loved ones. 

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The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

Some fascinating stories in this concise book illustrate how different leaders and organisations from all sorts of different contexts - sport, the military, film studios, have created cultures that foster highly successful groups.

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WTF by Robert Peston

This book is somewhat of a personal manifesto from Mr Peston; who poses three questions: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control. Taking stock of the state of society in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and the election of President Trump, the arguments and recommendations he puts forward are backed up with plenty of data to help us all make sense of the seismic changes taking place around us. 

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Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age

A highly readable and practical guide to the complex topic of innovation and the challenge of how to develop a coherent and effective innovation strategy in a highly disruptive age.

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