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READ BETWEEN THE LINES BUSINESS BOOK RUNDOWN By Amal Chaaban
ust because an author demonstrates great sales doesn’t mean their business advice is applicable in the boardroom or even good for practical application otherwise. Our reviewer takes a look at some of the titles getting hype recently and gives you the executive summary. Before you hit the business bestseller aisle, read these reviews to see which of these known books are actually worth your while.
This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs. the Climate Naomi Klein
Journalist, author and activist, Naomi Klein wears many hats but with this latest project, she has taken on perhaps her most daunting task as yet. A surface read of this book will have one thinking that it is yet another book on climate change and the ills that capitalism has wrought, but to get the true meaning and depth of what Klein is actually saying, some contemplation is needed. Klein isn’t just proposing a paradigm shift in the way
Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability Faisal Hoque with Drake Baer
If there is a single line in this book that sums up what the author thinks of leadership, it is this: “Leadership is a way of owning the impact that you or your organization is going to have on the world.” It is from this sentence, found buried in a chapter on structures of innovation, that one can surmise how Everything Connects actually reads. This book leads to understanding the impact a leader has not just on their own
business, but on everything connected to that business. As leadership books go, this one is unusual in that it doesn’t just trot out the usual tropes about setting examples, defining goals, and other lofty advice. It actually provides true framework to achieve exactly what the authors are proposing. Pick this one up when you want to challenge the champions of the old way of doing things, and perhaps encourage them to think in new ways.
business is done, she’s proposing a shift in the way life itself is lived and considered, and a shift in what we, as the human race, value. Instead of pie-in-the-sky thoughts about an egalitarian and utopic society, Klein puts forward real solutions backed by meticulous research and an obvious passion. Long-time readers of Klein know that her ideas can sometimes be radical, but even that doesn’t detract from this read.