When Clayton Christensen proposed that innovators should create products not based on customers’ attributes but for their “jobs to be done,” many lauded the idea–but for those seeking to put it into practice in their own businesses, no guide existed. This November, that guide will be available to you, and we’ve uploaded a sample chapter for a sneak peek.
Jobs to Be Done: A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation by Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman, and David Farber
Stephen Wunker worked with Clayton Christensen for years, building out consulting practices based on his teachings. He now runs New Markets Advisors, where has a long track record of creating successful ventures for his own companies and on behalf of clients. Jessica Wattman is the consultancy’s Director of Social Innovation, and David Farber is a Manager at the Boston-based firm.
Click here or on the cover image for your free sample chapter.
Karin Hurt and David Dye recently sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss their book, WINNING WELL: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results–Without Losing Your Soul, and how managers can beat the win-at-all-costs mentality in order to build a more humane and more successful workplace. They discuss what you can begin immediately to build a better workplace, what managers can do within an environment that doesn’t support their values, and far more.
At work there’s winning and then there’s winning well. What’s the difference? It’s about getting results without sacrificing your soul. Authors of the book Winning Well (published by AMACOM) Karin Hurt and David Dye are here to talk about how to maintain your core values while still getting great results at work.
Listen to Karin Hurt and David Dye on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.
Karin Hurt is a top leadership consultant and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former nonprofit executive, elected official, and President of Trailblaze, Inc., a leadership training and consulting firm.
Listen to more interviews with AMACOM authors on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.
In honor of the new Librarian of Congress, Carla D. Hayden, who demonstrates how much more the Library of Congress is than a simple collection of books, we’re happy to reblog Andy Ambraziejus’s post from last year on the importance of libraries. Enjoy!
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The following is a guest post from Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejusabout his lifelong love of the library and the important role the library plays in the community.
“The library was a magical place for me.”
“The librarian was my secret ally.”
“Going to the library was a treat.”
“I loved books at an early age, practically living in the library during the summer months.”
“I loved walking to [the library], especially on snowy days.”
Those are some of the comments I got from my colleagues here at AMACOM when I asked them about what going to the library has meant to them. As you can see, the bonds many of us developed with libraries were deep. Formed early in life, they made us think of libraries and librarians as our friends – nurturing, perhaps secret friends, who helped us discover new worlds through the books and other material we…
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While most leaders will acknowledge strong human relationships as key to business success, only a few take a structural approach to relationship development—and they yield exceptional results. In THE RELATIONSHIP ENGINE: Connecting with the People Who Power Your Business (AMACOM October 2016), author Ed Wallace shows business leaders how to cultivate the most effective relationships with employees, associates, clients, vendors, and the myriad types of people who drive a company’s success. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested leadership and management are invited to request The Relationship Engine for review.
Relationships hold companies together and fuel future growth. From connecting with customers to forging high-performing teams, success depends on everyone working well together. Yet many leaders prioritize potential relationships and take established ones for granted. They shouldn’t. Research reveals that these core relationships are often the weakest…and can prove more vital than missed networking opportunities.
Whether working with employees or associates, vendors or customers, The Relationship Engine gives you the tools you need to become an intentional, masterful relationship-builder.
The book helps you establish common ground, focus on collaboration instead of command, put people before process, demonstrate worthy intent, and make every interaction matter. This insightful and practical guide includes:
A powerful RQ Assessment designed to measure and evaluate business relationships • A Relational Agility Action Planner • Lateral and vertical relationship strategy templates • And more
Even the best-laid strategic plans are worthless without caring, real-life connections. It’s time to invest in the bonds that will drive sustainable success.
is president and chief relationship officer of The Relational Capital Group
, a consultancy that serves many Fortune 500 clients. He is also on the Executive Education faculty at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s Program. He’s the author of Business Relationships That Last
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