Sunday, October 6, 2019

Reinventing the Organization (Arthur Yeung and Dave Ulrich)

Reinventing the Organization attempts to provide a blueprint to business leaders to assist them in developing a model of success in an era where change happens fast and new ways to do business arise quickly. While the organizations authors Arthur Yeung and Dave Ulrich highlight certainly provide examples of businesses that have achieved tremendous success both here and abroad, the book may not be of much help to smaller businesses.

Yeung and Ulrich provide extensive research into several tech businesses, and from their research, create a six-step organizational toolkit. According to them, each of these companies possesses characteristics outlined within the toolkit and advocate that application of this toolkit can yield better results within your own business.  While it’s completely fair to point out that the companies used as case studies in Reinventing the Organization are massively successful, they all had their genesis and development in technology. It’s odd that not even one case study came from outside of Silicon Valley or the tech sector in China; this exclusion hurts the potential relevance this book could have had across all sectors of business.

This book is worthwhile...if you are looking to start up or reinvent  a technology company. For someone in a different type of business, while they can probably cherry pick some useful information that can theoretically be applied, it may come across like a “How to Scale Your Tech Startup Just Like Amazon!” instead of “How can I Make My Existing Business Operate Better?".


Friday, October 4, 2019

The Fever (Megan Abbott)

A quick read with nothing special about it, Megan Abbott's The Fever is the perfect book for passing the time on a long plane or car trip.

Deenie Nash is an everyday high schooler, with her father a teacher at the school and her brother a hockey star. Things are normal until, one day, her best friend has a seizure in class. The cause is unknown, and soon, hysteria breaks out when other girls begin to act strangely too. Parents are terrified that a "fever" is sweeping through the town that is targeting their daughters and no one can explain what is happening.

The best way I can describe The Fever is the Salem Witch Trials combined with Mean Girls. Most of the book was your everyday average thriller, but there were points I couldn't stop reading. Again, it's a great book to pick up when you're stuck somewhere and need to pass the time.