Several of the highly acclaimed works of Dave Ulrich have been published in the month of May, we take a moment to explore the valuable insights into business practices that these together with the releases by Lynda Gratton and Martin Lindstrom have provided, with a journey into the impossible also led by Michio Kaku.

The Why of Work
Author: Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich
Publication Date: 1st May 2010

Synopsis: The bestseller The Why of Work was extremely well received and with high praise from both industry leaders and experts the book focussed on how to create a sense of meaning, purpose and hope that we all seek through our working lives.  Dave and Wendy explore ways in which value and meaning can be achieved in abundance including identifying the needs of customers and staff and in turn building and growing a business in any economy.  Step-by-step help is offered with checklists and questionnaires as the seven questions that drive abundance are addressed. A foreword by Marshall Goldsmith confirms the importance of the invaluable insight that Dave and Wendy can bring to individuals and businesses through The Why of Work.

The HR Value Proposition
Author: Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank
Publication Date: 1st May 2005

Synopsis: Following the huge success of HR Champions, the HR Value Proposition provides a blueprint to enable HR professionals to become strategic partners within their organisations, and add greater value to the contribution they make for both internal and external stakeholders, including the workforce, customers and investors.  Greater understanding of key factors such as external business realities and HR competencies that really make a difference allow readers to develop HR practices and strategies that will greatly assist themselves and their organisations, with the principles included in this book based on extensive studies of over 29,000 HR professionals.

Clicks, Bricks and Brands
Author: Martin Lindstrom, Martha Rogers and Don Pepper
Publication Date: 1st May 2001

Synopsis: In this book Martin Lindstrom focussed on the development of “clicks & mortar” businesses and the challenges faced by retailers and dot.coms in the changing world of commerce.  Ahead of its time, the book explored the emerging ecommerce market and opportunities it represented, in addition to the potential effect on traditional traders.  Together with Martha Rogers and Don Pepper - inventors of the term 1-to-1 marketing, the trio explained how to take advantage of the new opportunities, how successful mergers can take place and how traffic can be generated between online and offline presence, in addition to a range of areas covered including how to prepare for future consumer trends.  Clicks, Bricks and Brands is also linked to the Duo Book Website, which brings readers a wealth of additional information about Martin Lindstrom’s publications, with regular additions to existing works to ensure they remain up to date and relevant to today’s readers.

The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here
Author: Lynda Gratton
Publication Date: 12th May 2011

Synopsis: In The Shift, Lynda reflects on the forces that are effecting the way in which we work and the revolutionary changes that are taking place now and will continue to do so, with factors such as technology, globalisation and societal changes transforming the working world.  The Shift explains the five forces that are impacting on us all and how we can adapt to ensure we understand and can succeed in these changing and challenging times.

Physics of the Impossible
Author: Michio Kaku
Publication Date: 28 May 2009 (paperback)

Synopsis:  Described as “a rich compendium of jaw dropping reality checks” by The Times, the Physics of the Impossible takes us on a journey of force fields, teleportation, time travel and parallel universes as Michio, the world renowned physicist looks at the future of the impossible and the incredible possibilities that actually could await us.

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May 6, 2014 By Lucy Thorpe