Centric Must Reads: 13 Centric-Certified Books to Inspire Your Personal and Professional Life (Book #7)
Reading is an important part of Centric’s culture – we’ve found that learning from the experiences of others is one of the best ways to be inspired. Good books and insightful lessons are shared frequently within the Centric walls – whether that be through team emails, via Twitter or in personal conversations. So, we thought we’d take a moment and bottle up some of the great reads that have impacted our own lives and thought processes. Below are 13 books recommended from Centric’s leaders. Take a look and enjoy! And let us know if you have comments on these books or others to recommend. We’d love to hear from you.
Book #7: Read “The Connected Company” and learn how to adequately adapt and innovate in the 21st Century
By: Paul Holway, Centric St. Louis Technology Leader
One of my favorite books from the last couple of years is “The Connected Company” by Dave Gray.
As an agile development practitioner and coach, I am often looking for new ways to get teams to understand the need to be more adaptable, and to support innovation in their work. This involves self-empowerment, ownership, and a core understanding of the business problem they are trying to solve. “The Connected Company” gives a great perspective on how many agile development concepts are applied to business in general.
In a very consumable and fun-to-read way, the book outlines how business has changed in the 21st Century. In a world of connectivity where customers, current and former employees, and even board members have the ability to be personally heard instantaneously around the world, we must learn to adapt. The organizational structures, ways that we traditionally think of problem solving, and strategies of reacting to a negative experience can no longer apply for the modern enterprise. Instead, the book encourages getting away from rigid, predictable process and instead creating an environment where employees can innovate, experiment, make decisions, and ultimately wow their customers in every interaction.
I encourage all IT management to read this book. Beyond what you read at face value about business, the book has invaluable insight for IT practitioners into what the business is facing, and how we need to support these changes by providing systems, data and analytics, and technologies to support experimentation, innovation and decision making.
In a world of connectivity where customers, current and former employees, and even board members have the ability to be personally heard instantaneously around the world, we must learn to adapt.