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Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement
Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow
byChip Conley
The essence of stakeholder engagement is deep investment in strategic relationships. In this book, Conley describes how he invested in relationships with employees, customers and investors using Maslow's hierarchy of needs to create layers of interest alignment with them.

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose
byRaj Sisodia
If you know the book “Good to Great,” you’ll be fascinated by “Firms of Endearment,” by David B. Wolfe, Raj Sisodia and Jag Sheth. “Most studies of corporate exceptionalism …start with financial performance and work backward. We started with humanistic performance – meeting the needs of stakeholders other than shareholders – and worked forwards,” they write. The result? The publicly traded firms in the study outperformed the S&P 500 by significant margins over 10-, 5- and 3-year time horizons. Some generated 1,026% return for investors over a 10-year period, compared to 122% for the S&P 500 and “Good to Great” companies.

Competing for the Future
byHamel, Prahalad
Written by Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad, Competing for the Future provides two seminal concepts - strategic intent and core competence -- that enable companies to construct strategic frameworks within which they can innovate and evolve, yet maintain congruence and alignment over time. Use of these concepts also allows companies to align corporate strategy with marketing and brand strategy formulation, enabling them to bring authenticity and substance to their brand promises.

Thinking Strategically in Turbulent Times: An Inside View of Strategy Making
byby Alan Glassman and others
Shares examples from several organizations of effective strategy making that is ongoing, continual and shared throughout entire organization.

Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement
byWilliam Duggan
How do breakthrough ideas and strategies come to us? Through case histories from business and social justice movements, Columbia Business School professor William Duggan explores the source of strategic intuition, how it is different from other forms of intuition, and how to cultivate it in your own workplace.

It's Not What You Sell, It's What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven by Purpose
byRoy Spence Jr.
Like many books written by advertising executives, this book is a compelling read that features mostly the author's own clients. We can forgive the extended infomercial because of the importance of Spence's message: companies driven by purpose do better for themselves and others.

The Integral Vision
byKen Wilber
Increased interest in the business applications of Integral Theory makes this pocket-sized summary a useful introduction and desktop reference. Named one the best books of 2007 by Publisher's Weekly.

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
byRobert Kegan
Addresses the complexity of human experience in both desiring and resisting change. Kegan's deceptively simply model helps individuals and organizations identify and address the "competing commitments" that hold us back from the changes we truly desire.