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Marty

Marty East Thetford, VT, United States Member Since 2008

Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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  • "A Key Resource for Any Change Leader"

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    The author opens this book with a discussion of the common errors people make in trying to implement organizational change. He then goes on to counteract those errors with his eight-stage process for implementing effective and sustainable change: 1) Establishing a sense of urgency; 2) Creating the guiding coalition; 3) Developing a vision and strategy; 4) Communicating the change vision; 5) Empowering a broad base of people to take action; 6) Generating short-term wins; 7) Consolidating gains and producing even more change; and 8) Institutionalizing new approaches into the culture. The first four stages are intended to defrost a hardened status quo, the next three introduce many new practices, and the final stage grounds the changes into the corporate culture and helps them stick. This book is a comprehensive approach to change management and highly recommended for anyone undertaking a major change effort within an organization.

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    Leading Change

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    • By John P. Kotter
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    John Kotter, the world's foremost expert on business leadership, distills 25 years of experience into Leading Change. A must-have for any organization, this visionary and very personal audiobook is at once inspiring, clear-headed, and filled with important implications for the future. Kotter identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people—good people—often derail.

    Marty says: "A Key Resource for Any Change Leader"
  • "Simple Questions - Powerful Results"

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    The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, Peter Drucker, 2008. These five questions are essentially an organizational assessment, and although they are directed toward nonprofits, they can be used in any type of organization. The five questions are:

    1. What is our mission?
    2. Who is our customer?
    3. What does the customer value?
    4. What are our results?
    5. What is our plan?

    These five questions weave together a process of reflection an organization can undertake to determine its current reality and chart a future course. For those interested in further inquiry, Drucker lists a number of additional questions for additional exploration.

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    The Five Most Important Questions: You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

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    • By Peter F. Drucker
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    With Peter Drucker's five essential questions and the help of five of today's thought leaders, this little book will challenge readers to take a close look at the very heart of their organizations and what drives them. A tool for self-assessment and transformation, answering these five questions will fundamentally change the way you work, helping you lead your organization to an exceptional level of performance.

    Marty says: "Simple Questions - Powerful Results"
  • "Sustainability Through Systems Thin..."

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    Although this book is specifically about sustainability, in a broader sense it is really about how to bring systems thinking into our institutions and into our global society. The revolution that the authors refer to is twofold: it is focused on our global environmental impact, and it is focused on the change in thinking that needs to take place in order to minimize that impact. Three key behaviors will create this shift in thinking: seeing systems, collaborating across boundaries, and moving from a problem solving mindset to one of creating the future. The book offers some great examples of how we got into our current predicament and companies that are starting to apply systems thinking to help move "beyond the bubble," as it is referred to in the book. Scattered throughout the book are sections called "Toolbox," which offer a number of exercises and activities that organizations can undertake to begin to address the issue of sustainability. This book is a great resource for any organization looking to do more than pick the low hanging fruit when it comes to sustainability.

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    The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World

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    • By Peter M. Senge, Ann Graham, Nina Kruschwitz, and others
    • Narrated By Ted Barker
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    Imagine a world in which corporations such as Costco, Nike, BP, and countless others are forming partnerships with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. Now, stop imagining - that world is already emerging.

    Grant says: "Lessons in Sustainability"
  1. Leading Change
  2. The Five Most Important Q...
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A Peek at Roger Smith's Bookshelf

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Roger Smith's greatest hits:
  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    "Collins is always right"

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    If you are a Jim Collins fan, which I am, you will have to read or listen to this book. It is pretty good, though not as good as his two previous books. Worth getting.

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    "Great Advice for Women, Poor Advice for Husbands"

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    Sandberg does a great job of exploring the issues that have surrounded women in the workplace. Many of my female coworkers found this book very helpful and enlightening. As a man, the first have of the book was enlightening to me as well.

    But in the second half of the book Sandberg attempts to make a prescription for a more balanced family through work sharing. Her mistake is that she identifies the professional responsibilities of the man and the woman, but the home/family responsibilities of only the woman. She completely omits all of the responsibilities that most men shoulder at home, acting as if they spent their evenings watching TV and weekends out golfing. No credit is given for work like tending the lawn and landscaping, building and repairing fences, maintaining and repairing automobiles, cleaning the pool, handling insurance, tending to the electronic world that the family relies on, and dozens more. In my household all of this requires hours every day. But in her book there is no mention of any of this.

    Warning to women readers - take the time to find out what your husband is doing now before asking him to take 50% of what you are doing. He may have 50% of his own house work to share with you in return.

  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    "Highs and Lows"

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    This book has some good management ideas from the masters of Pixar. As a computer scientist the author also shares a few (very few) interesting tid-bits about the technology behind their movies. I would like to hear more of these. Then there are diversions into related philosophical ideas which are somewhat interesting. Overall a pretty good book, but not nearly as interesting as a Pixar movie.

    But I cannot listen to this book while driving. It puts me to sleep every time. The cause is equally shared by the style of the writing and the voice of the narrator. Together they are somnambulistic.

  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

    "Classic"

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    Very good foundation for the literature. The style is a little dated, but Kennedy has done a good job of making the content current.

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Al UK 05-29-13 Member Since 2011
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  • "After a slow start there's some goo..."

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    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    Minuses - 1) The author starts off with an attack on MBAs and a justification for the book. That is not necessary and doesn't resonate well. I very nearly gave up on it for that reason, so skip the first chapter. 2) This is not anything like an MBA, which is fairly obvious, but I think the title is unnecessarily misleading and should be changed to 'Shortcut to an MBA' or something like that.

    Pluses -1) The author has done an enormous amount of good research. 2) He covers a large amount of ground 3) He has some good insights on the topics he covers 4) The author narrates and it comes across really well. 5) There are ongoing online resources.

    Overall a good purchase - I bought it on audio and kindle


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    The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

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    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"

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    Alignment is the single most critical business challenge for any organization and its leaders. Without it, inefficiency, conflict, and disengagement will cripple your ability to provide value to your customers. Companies live or die based on their ability to communicate and deliver on the promise their brand makes to its customers. To do this effectively, leaders need to clearly define the vision and strategies that support that brand intention and ensure these are manifested in the roles, expectations, and goals of each and every member of the organization.

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