- Concrete Examples
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Rishad Tobaccowala, an expert on innovation and business growth, urges leaders to “restore humanity” to workplaces by promoting a community atmosphere that fosters empathy, vulnerability and trust. To attract the best talent, he says, invest in lifelong learning, cultivate employees’ skills and make meetings more meaningful. While some of his advice and his concerns about the dominance of technology aren’t totally new, the counsel that Tobaccowala provides – that organizations should model empathy and fairness – is indispensable. He recounts that as a child he told his mother and father he wanted to grow up to be a writer. At the time, he says, “My parents steered me to mathematics instead and said one day when you have something useful to say you can become a writer.” Clearly, that day has come.
About the Author
Rishad Tobaccowala was the chief growth officer at Publicis, where he spent 38 years in marketing, strategy and change management. He is a frequent keynote speaker.