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    Anese Cavanaugh(Author)

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This game-changing business guide shows you how to create a healthy business culture that’s inspiring, energizing―and positively contagious.

The key to any company’s success lies in its culture. This timely guide from a top leadership advisor shows you how to shape and revitalize this culture―by setting the tone, engaging the team, and creating a dynamic working environment that encourages extraordinary growth, productivity, and innovation.

Using the book’s proven step-by-step techniques, you can take control of the culture you work in and build a healthier, more functional environment―from the inside out. You’ll learn how to enhance your “Intentional Energetic Presence” (IEP) as a leader to optimize your own leadership impact. And you’ll find transformative tools and exercises for improving collaborations, opening communications, and implementing changes. It’s a complete cultural mind-shift that’s not only exciting for you and your team―it’s contagious.

Anese Cavanaugh is an award-winning speaker, advisor, teacher, and thinking partner to some of today’s most innovative organizations and business leaders.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Anese Cavanaugh(Author)
  • McGraw-Hill Education (16 Dec. 2015)
  • English
  • 2
  • Business, Finance & Law

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  • By D. J. Wilkinson on 10 March 2016

    I was looking forward to this book. Just the title was enough for me and once I discovered that an IDEO team member has written it, it went straight onto my must read book. So what did I find?The first worrying sign was that Anese Cavanaugh spends the introduction and the first couple of chapters selling the book. Why it's so important and how it will change your life etc. Call me cynical but this kind of self-aggrandising writing behaviour makes me a little suspicious, particularly when it's not written by other people. Reviews and comments by others are fine and often add new perspectives to the book, but constantly being told by the author how important and vital a book is, makes me wonder.So what's it about and what is it saying?Well it is basically saying that culture starts with you and how you show up. That we are all contagious, for good or for bad.To be honest I struggled with this book. Firstly there is little to zero research or practice foundation to it. Everything is presented as 'well it's just true' statements without much evidence to back it up. Yes it contains generalised vignettes but they feel made up (although the author insists on a couple of occasions some are real life stories). They don't feel like it.This is a bit of an odd book for me. It's not that I disagree with anything the book is saying, it is more that there is nothing really new in it. It feels like a series of personal development blogs strung together with some culture stuff thrown in at the end. If you have been around the personal or organisational development arenas for any length of time I can't imagine you are going to go "Wow this is new" or "I hadn't thought of it in that way", which is a shame. It contains what is I suppose, a summation of the popular understanding about personal development and culture. The problem with a fair amount of the popular understanding about personal and organisational development is that it lacks detail and rigour.For example much of the popular thoughts about manifesting success is included which I know the more cynical may struggle with. The book is also prone to bland advice like this from Chapter 8 - Setting yourself up for success. " Show up and let your wisdom guide you."Well okay but we already know that many people (yes, including me) do things that aren't particularly considered to wise and that the number of people we identify with having wisdom, is actually probably not that numerous. I like the sentiment, however this kind of advice isn't very useful or practical when you don't know what to do next, are scared, worried or things feel risky.Having said all this there are some useful (not new) thoughts around the idea of 'presence', 'being present' and about our energy and behaviour. It is a feel good book and it appears is aimed at being that. Many of the examples are a little polarised and general, you really do get the feeling Anese did just make them up as she was writing, to emphasise the points she is making. Oddly for a feel good focussed book, many of the examples are negative 'how awful' illustrations of how not to do it.Sadly this book which offered much, will have to be consigned to my 'not much new with some useful bits' pile. It is most definitely not an evidenced based deconstruction of how to build a good culture a work. It is a populist and general look at how to 'show up and be present' in the hope that that builds a positive and constructive culture. There are genuinely useful parts to the book around developing focus and presence and some pretty useful lists of popular thinking about this. Although I'm not too sure how practical some of the things are. I can however see training courses and workshops arising from this stuff and people liking them as the contents are pretty formulaic. As to what difference they would actually make I less sure about.One test as to how seriously a book is being taken is to see whether or not other authors and researchers are referring to it. Contagious Culture has no citations and isn’t even listed in Google Scholar.


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