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The hard statistics behind the future

We have read many books about the future. Most recent “The day after tomorrow”, “Thank you for being late” and “The industries of the future”. All about the speed of change. They are all excellent.  You should add “No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends” to the list. What makes this book different is rather than focus on only technology or climate, it is focussing on demographics, trade flows, emerging markets and more specifically emerging cities. With hard statistics as the basis of the book.

The key points

Focus on emerging economies

Emerging economies are growing 75% more rapidly than developed counties, and by 2025, the economic centre of gravity …

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Tomorrow thinking for CEOs

What will tomorrow bring?

I am a fan of Peter Hinssen. His “The network always wins” is brilliant. The key message from that book is clock speed. In his latest book “The day after tomorrow”, he is asking four pertinent questions to help you with that a bit more:

Why is it almost impossible for large organisations to spot new and radical technologies quickly, and develop their potential? Why are large corporations so eager to acquire new startups, and why are they capable of messing them up so profoundly in such a record time? How is it possible that large corporations – even when they understand their challenges and the directions they need to take – are incapable…
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The merging of enterprise and social enterprise

The merging of enterprise and social enterprise.

The Big Pivot was written in 2014. And at that stage, it was ahead of its time. It is great news that the book is nearly outdated as most principles,  the author discusses, are now a lot more commonplace. The merging of “enterprise” and “social enterprise”. Going “teal” as in “Reinventing organisations”.

Definition of capitalism

There is a hard edge to “The Big Pivot”. Climate change, resource constraints, rising commodity prices and the need for transparency. Consider the first three forces as nonnegotiable system conditions and take the new level of openness as an enforcer or multiplier. All force companies to have a hard look at their business processes and model. Including examining …

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What are the industries of the future?

Before I read this book I would say anything environmental, AI, robotics, biotech (that include genetics), IoT, neuroscience, space, gaming and health. There is an obvious overlap between those sectors. Just imagine a huge box full of Lego blocks, combining these technologies with mobile, nano, virtual reality, big data, augmenting, biomimicry, material science, quantum physics and you have a Pandora’s box of industries we have not even imagined.

Alec Ross

Alec Ross thinks that the industries of the future are robotics, advanced life sciences, the codification of money, cybersecurity, and big data. Not much to argue there, although in my view very limited and almost too easy.

North Korea or Estonia

What the book does do is show the countries …

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How to reinvent your business through the lens of platforms

“Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future” is from the authors of “The Second Machine Age”, which is a must-read book for every CEO who truly wants to understand exponential and reinvention. It is one of our anchor books in most sessions we do with Bookbuzz clients.

High hopes

I had high hopes for their latest book. It is no “The Second Machine Age”. In some ways, it is a repetition of the theme. It is a version of “The Third Wave” or “Platform Revolution”.

The core message

AI is going faster than expected, machines are getting smarter and smarter, we are all connected, platforms are taking over, open innovation and co-creation are the …

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Ten rules to live by learned from Navy SEALs training

You can learn a lot from Navy SEALs

People that follow me know I am a fan of Navy SEALs. Hence the reason I picked up “Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life and maybe the world” by William H. McRaven. He is a former United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command. He was part of SEAL Team Six and commander of SEAL Team Three. Overall he was part of the SEALs for 36 years.

Ten rules to live by

He did a speech at the University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address and wrote a book about it. Ten rules to live by:

Start…
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The business books to read in the summer 2017

What business books to read over the summer? We get that question a lot.

Time to switch off

The first answer is that you should consider not reading a business book. I have started the Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and I would highly recommend that first. Time to switch off, recharge the battery and empty the mind.

The mind

If the mind is of interest, there are a few, but my absolute favourite is “The code of the extraordinary mind”. A mental detox tool and you will come out of the holiday a different person. “The end of absence” will resonate when you are over 40 years old or if you want something to think …

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Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights into the Next Big Thing

“Difference.”

I am a fan of Bernadette Jiwa. Her book “Difference”  was an interesting read and an interesting take on marketing. About meaning, emotion, storytelling, caring, empathy and “tiny markets of someone”. She introduced “The Difference Model”. The model is built around six pillars: principles, purpose, people, personal, perception and product. A marketing version of the business model canvas or our strategic box.

Emotion and purpose

Since then lots of books following those principles have followed. “Lovability” and “Evolved enterprise” as examples, but there are many more books. Emotion and purpose as part of the marketing mix.

“Hunch”

She recently published “Hunch”, and I was looking forward to it. The message is that innovation …

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Climate change, “Drawdown” or “End of civilisation”

Climate change

Below you will find two perspectives on climate change. A dark one and an optimistic one.

The dark one

The dark one is “The end of Western Civilisation, a view from the future”.Written as if a hundred year in the future, looking back on how we messed up the response to climate change. The thesis of the book is that Western civilisation became trapped in the grip of two inhibiting ideologies: positivism and market fundamentalism. As a result, destroying civilisation in most of Europe and the USA. Africa and Australia are wiped out. China survives. It is referred to in the book as the great collapse 2073-2093.

Eerie

A fascinating read with an eerie ring to it. A …

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Mindfulness and brain management

Books about mindfulness

I have been reading a lot of books about mindfulness. The ones I remember are “The monk who sold his Ferrari”, “The here and now”, “The Tibetan book of living and dying”, “The road less travelled”, “The Celestine Prophecy”, “The Tao of Physics” and “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East”.

Lessons fade away

They all had profound effects. However, the teachings all faded as ordinary life took over. I am in the fortunate positions that I read for a living. That exposes me to a lot of books, and particularly in the last year, there have been some cracking books on being mindful.

Mindfulness as a full business trend

There is no question …

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Hi, my name is Ron Immink, I am a business coach, author and speaker, working with companies to improve their future prospects and improve their business models.
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