Benko, Cathleen and Molly Anderson, The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, 2010.

This book was recommended to me by a talent management specialist. We were delivering a career development workshop to employees and our way of presenting career progression (mostly the good old career ladder) was in need of renewal. This book talks instead of career “lattices” and proposes that exceptions to the career ladder view of career progression are now the norm. p. 51 “Personal views of success are bringing the cookie-cutter career to an end. Employees with diverse goals and experiences are moving up, across, and even down the organization chart — sometimes in collaboration with their employers, and sometimes not. Their goal: a custom-tailors career that fits them.” Career lattices are characterized by: high rates of job mobility, varied career-life needs, nonlinear careers with lateral and vertical moves that vary over time, multiple acceptable ways to contribute and succeed, growth and development as a key measure of success, and continual customized development.

See blog entry here.

Clark, Tim, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2012.

This book suggests doing career planning as you would write a business plan for any business… a fairly simple idea, unless you don’t know how to write a business plan. This books proceeds to explain you how and proposes a one-page format, both for the brainstorming part (do as a large poster so you can stick post-it notes to it) and as the final documented version.

The basic business model canvas includes the following nine building blocks: customers, value provided, channels, customer relationship, revenue, key resources, key activities, key partners and costs. The book provides many examples of people working to define what they have to offer to the job market.

Before you can define your value, you have to do some thinking about who you are and what you want. You have to determine what you like, what you want out of life, what gives it meaning. Then thinking about the various roles that you play (professional, spouse, parent, child, friend, etc.), determine your current and future priorities. You also have to look at your skills and abilities, as well as the kind of person you are (your own assessment of that, and the perception of others).

Based on this, you can define what your life and career purpose is. From this you can redefine your purpose and write your business model. This becomes your new working hypothesis for the future, until new information or events drive you to a revision.

The business model provides an interesting metaphor for career planning, and this book, with its funky, open, scrapbook-like design, is a fun tool to accompany you on your career planning journey.

De Gaulejac, Vincent. La société malade de la gestion : Idéologie gestionnaire, pouvoir managérial et harcèlement social. Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 2005.

The first book I ever read from this author and it made a very strong impression. It made me want to dive back into sociology and to pay more attention to what I was seeing around me at work, from a sociological point of view. One of the points that the author makes is that management as it is most often practiced does not honour the human nature of actors in work settings and manages them as “things”… this leads to a form of violence.

De Gaulejac, Vincent et Antoine Mercier. Manifeste pour sortir du mal-être au travail. Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, 2012.

This short manifesto proposes a succinct diagnosis of what is wrong with our work environments and offers a series of possible actions at three levels: individual, collective, and political. It proposes a more positive approach to making organizations more fertile ground for healthy, happy, and productive human beings at work. It includes a short diagnostic tools to see if your work environment is “sick”.

Effron, Marc and Miriam Ort. One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value. Harvard Business Press: Boston, MA, 2010.

See blog entry here.

Liker, Jeffrey K., The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2004.

See blog entry here.

Liker, Jeffrey and David Meier, The Toyota Way Fieldbook: A Practical Guide For Implementing Toyota’s 4Ps, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2006.

Companion book to the Toyota Way. Whereas the Toyota Way discuss the approach and philosophy behind the Toyota Production System and how it evolved over time, this book discussed how to implement. In particular, Part V (chapters 13 to 18), describe how to use the problem-solving approach. This is of interest to me as we teach this approach in our frontline leadership program.

Mann, David, Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversations, 2nd edition, CRC Press, New York, NY, 2010.

See blog entry here.

Mousseau, Normand. Le défi des ressources minières. Éditions Multi-Mondes, Québec, 2012.

Neat little book presenting a brief history of the mining industry as well as an overview of current trends in the industry, the markets and the regulatory landscape, internationally and in particular in Canada and Québec. A very good overview for anyone interested in the industry and a must-read for anyone employed in it.

Sobek II, Durward K. and Art Smalley, A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota’s PDCA Management System, CRC Press, New York, NY, 2008.

See blog entry here.

Womack, James P. and Daniel T. Jones, Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, revised and updated, Free Press, New York, NY, 2003.

See blog entry here.

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