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An Everyone Culture
A superb overview of the importance of intentionality and learning for organisations with some great examples. So much of what is written here about Deliberately Developmental Organisations (DDOs) resonates with what we were doing at Endava. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Next Jump Leadership Academy and get a firsthand experience of how they operate - you can find out more in this blog.
An inspirational and beautifully written book about what the most radical and innovative organisations are doing in terms of culture and the supporting structures and processes. For many people the ideas will be too extreme, but the examples he gives serve as a great way to challenge accepted and more traditional thinking about organisations.
Tools and Techniques of Leadership and Management
Professor Ralph D. Stacey's most accessible book about complexity and business leadership. While some of the conclusions go beyond practical and into the realm of overly purist, the basic premise that culture is shaping and shaped by individual conversations is a truly powerful one.
Changing Employee Behaviour
I really struggle with the title and subtitle of this one as I don't think you can change someone else's behaviour and I hate the term manager, but the content itself is fantastic. Practical, insightful and, perhaps most important of all, genuinely helpful when it comes to creating an environment where change can happen.
Rob Machin, one of the Directors at Endava, recommended this to me and it really resonated with me. So much of what is in this book fits with complexity thinking and the need to be able to hold opposing views in our mind at the same time without judging either to be better or worse, more right or more wrong than the other is a key skill in the new creative economy.
The Inclusion Imperative
I met Stephen at an HRD event in Barcelona after I'd heard him speak about his work on inclusivity for the 2012 London Olympics. I was so impressed by his message and his delivery that I bought the book and I'd happily recommend it to anyone who wants to understand why inclusivity is so important.
The Leader's Guide to Radical Management
Stephen Denning writes one of my favourite blogs about leadership, business and the creative economy. The newsletter is well worth signing up for, but this book sets out his thinking and approach in a very clear, well-argued and engaging way.
Group and Team Coaching
One of two core books on the first module, Team Coaching for Consultants, of my Ashridge Masters of Executive Coaching. This one brings together complexity, psychology, systems thinking and action learning to provide the theory as well as the practice of coaching teams - a skillset that is different to coaching individuals.
Team of Teams
I actually listened to this on Audible (a great way to catch up on reading when you can't sit and read). It's a fascinating account of General McChrystal embraced complexity and transformed the way the Special Forces task force in Iraq operated. While the setting is specialist, the lessons and implications are clearly drawn out and relevant to the commercial world as well.
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