29 July 2015 | Prof. Nancy K. Napier presented me this book at a very right time. The tip on the back cover is both recommendation and question. “Many leaders undervalue the power of culture as a competitive advantage. Don’t make that mistake” – by Nancy K. Napier with the Gang.
This is one of few book that I was able to start at the first page and finish at the last page. Why? Simple: it is short. Every section is really as short as 2-page story. I love short story.
Unfortunately, one cannot go straight forward from beginning to end. The author asks you to take a rest after every chapter. Then think about what you have read, compare what you have read to what you have done, then plan what you are going to do, in fact to change. In my situation, these rests take more than expected. It is because I am lazy at reading. It takes time to observe what managements and corporations are doing with their culture. It takes more time to learn their lesson. OMG, this is accidentally “hear [read] it, see it, and do it”(p.49)
While highlighting the importance of culture she also asks “do you consider yourself a leader?” If your answer is “Yes,” then the author has some advices for you:
- Be deliberate in the process and throughout the process
- Stay focused on culture or you’ll lose it
- Give the process time