From time to time almost everyone becomes dissatisfied or uncomfortable with their life or career and it is often very unsettling; Timothy Butler suggests that this time of discomfort can be a precursor or opportunity for making a fresh start. In Getting Unstuck he sets out a way of actively using that Impasse to create Vision which will then allow the reader to Get Unstuck confident that he has a way forward with his life or career that reflects his personality, interests and beliefs.
The book is broken into three sections to take the reader through the stages from uncertainty to a new purpose in life that is true to the real person.
The first section is all about recognising the problem and facing the crisis which may vary from a nagging self-doubt to a feelings that might be construed as depression but as an appendix notes this is not usually the case. Most people feel stuck, in a rut, and have doubts. Butler makes it clear that this is an important phases to opening up and letting go so as to be able to move to a new understanding.
Nicholas Stern conducted the Stern Review for the United Kingdom government into climate change and its implications. He has built on that work and proposed a way forward which whilst still very challenging is less frightening than many proposed alternatives responses. However it will still not be easy for governments and other groups to accept. Stern makes clear that delay will only make matters worse and force much more uncomfortable and expensive change in the not so long term.
Blueprint for a Safer Planet is one of several books that provide a vision for dealing with climate change that does not require wholesale lifestyle changes unlike many commentators who propose rather more draconian hair-shirt responses. In that respect a consensus may be forming that will make action acceptable to governments and the business lobby. Indeed such business friendly approaches may be seen as offering a business opportunity as outlined by Adam Werbach in Strategy for Sustainability.
It is a delight to find a book on finance and economics as readable as The Trouble with Markets. For once here is a book that explains the whys and wherefores of the Credit Crunch in language that will be readily understood by the interested reader without a background in economics or high level financial services.
The Trouble with Markets or Saving Capitalism from Itself is written by Roger Bootle, one of the City’s top economists with a track record of successfully forecasting major market changes. He wrote the Death of Inflation which is now considered an important work and has become a best seller. He returns to some of its ideas in The Trouble with Markets.
The book is in three parts that map the journey into the Credit Crunch and outlines the likely path out of its consequences. Bootle then moves on to consider the future of capitalism itself.
A book such as this is needed as senior managers frequently avoid facing up to the challenges of digital technology due to a lack of understanding. The responsibility for information technology strategy is passed down to management with more tactical or operational responsibility. As result IT strategy is not fully aligned with top-level corporate strategic objectives. IT is therefore seen by top management as an unavoidable cost rather than as an investment for achieving competitive advantage.
Philip Augar’s Chasing Alpha explores a period when it looked as though the City's financial institutions could not lose and light regulation gave greed and ambition its head in the financial markets, and beyond. But then it all fell apart.
Chasing Alpha is a history in three parts.