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Drift into Failure by Sidney Dekker

Drift into Failure by Sidney Dekker

What does the collapse of sub-prime lending have in common with a broken jack-screw in an airliner's tailplane? Or the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with the burn-up of Space Shuttle Columbia? These were systems that drifted into failure. While pursuing success in a dynamic, complex environment with limited resources and multiple goal conflicts, a succession of small, everyday decisions eventually produced breakdowns on a massive scale.

Just Culture by Sidney Dekker

Just Culture by Sidney Dekker

A just culture protects people's honest mistakes from being seen as culpable. But what is an honest mistake, or rather, when is a mistake no longer honest? It is too simple to assert that there should be consequences for those who 'cross the line'. Lines don't just exist out there, ready to be crossed or obeyed.

The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett

The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett

Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, and help give the leaders of any organisation a sense of confidence that they have the right people focusing on the right tasks. But it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. Most importantly it can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view.

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, Black Box Thinkers see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others, or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success.

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

It may be the most under appreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infancy-and then abandon as we grow older. Critical to learning, innovation, success, even to happiness-yet often discouraged in our schools and workplaces-it can unlock new business opportunities and reinvent industries, spark creative insights at many levels, and provide a trans-formative new outlook on life. It is the ability to question-and to do so deeply, imaginatively, and "beautifully."

The Invisible Gorilla: and other ways our intuition deceives us by Christopher Chabris

The Invisible Gorilla: and other ways our intuition deceives us by Christopher Chabris

If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, youd notice it. Wouldn't you? If a serious violent crime took place just next to you, youd remember it, right? The Invisible Gorilla is a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.

Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win by Steven J Spear

Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win by Steven J Spear

How can companies perform so well that their industry counterparts are competitors in name only?

Although they operate in the same industry, serve the same market, and even use the same suppliers, these rabbits lead the race and, more importantly, continually widen their lead.

In Chasing the Rabbit, Steven J. Spear describes what sets high-velocity, market-leading organizations apart and explains how you can lead the pack in your industry.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell argues that many contemporary problems - from crime to teenage delinquency and traffic jams - behave like epidemics that are capable of sudden and dramatic changes in direction. Yet the right intervention at just the right time - the Tipping Point - can start a cascade of change and provide a method for developing strategies for everything from raising a child to running a company.

How Not to be Wrong - The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg

How Not to be Wrong - The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg

The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Gödel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.


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