From one of our most astute observers of human nature, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief. For years, Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, have a small home. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law´s death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.
Successfully navigate the changing face of the CIO role Strategic Information Technology offers CIOs a handbook for engaging with the senior management conversations surrounding strategy. The CIO role is currently undergoing a massive transition from technology-focused expert to a more strategic mindset, and this book provides proven methods for taking your seat at the table. Lessons from high-performing CIOs and a wealth of leading-edge insight provide invaluable guidance for positioning technology as a strategic driver across the business, while a focus on building the necessary connections--for example, an alliance between IT and HR--provide a multimodal approach to navigating the transition. The evolution of the CIO´s role involves more than simply technical knowledge; the new CIO must be an influencer, an engager, and just as adept at the soft skills that become increasingly crucial as you climb the management ladder. It´s about changing mindsets, translating hard skills into strategic advantages, and demonstrating IT´s value to the strategic decision making process. This book provides best practices, illustrative examples, and up-to-date perspective for CIOs wanting to: * Position IT as a critical driver of overall strategy * Build on functional expertise with strategic insight * Learn from the stories of successful tech-to-strategy transformations * Engage C-Suite peers in shaping the strategic conversation Not long ago, the CIO occupied a unique place in the C-Suite. Executive by title, CIOs have nevertheless been seen as predominantly the ´´chief tech expert´´ with little input into strategy, as IT has historically been regarded as a tool rather than a source of competitive advantage. The truth is becoming increasingly apparent, with companies around the world turning to technology in order to gain a competitive edge, and CIOs are beginning to claim their place in strategy discussions. Strategic Information Technology offers much needed guidance for a successful transformation.
Fundamentals of Power Electronics, Second Edition , is an up-to-date and authoritative text and reference book on power electronics. This new edition retains the original objective and philosophy of focusing on the fundamental principles, models, and technical requirements needed for designing practical power electronic systems while adding a wealth of new material. Improved features of this new edition include: A new chapter on input filters, showing how to design single and multiple section filters; Major revisions of material on averaged switch modeling, low-harmonic rectifiers, and the chapter on AC modeling of the discontinuous conduction mode; New material on soft switching, active-clamp snubbers, zero-voltage transition full-bridge converter, and auxiliary resonant commutated pole. Also, new sections on design of multiple-winding magnetic and resonant inverter design; Additional appendices on Computer Simulation of Converters using averaged switch modeling, and Middlebrook´s Extra Element Theorem, including four tutorial examples; and Expanded treatment of current programmed control with complete results for basic converters, and much more. This edition includes many new examples, illustrations, and exercises to guide students and professionals through the intricacies of power electronics design. Fundamentals of Power Electronics, Second Edition , is intended for use in introductory power electronics courses and related fields for both senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students interested in converter circuits and electronics, control systems, and magnetic and power systems. It will also be an invaluable reference for professionals working in power electronics, power conversion, and analogue and digital electronics.
SWOTed by strategy models? Crunched by analysis? Strategy doesnt have to be this way. Strategy is really all about being different. Thinking about it shouldn´t make you reach for the snooze button. Strategy Bites Back brings you a provocative, imaginative and surprising mix of perspectives to help stimulate more creative strategic thinking and more enjoyable strategy making. From voices as diverse as and Lucy Kellaway, Mao Tse Tung and Jack Welch, even Michael Porter and Gary Hamel, you can enjoy exploring the sharper side of strategy. Strategy as a Little Black Dress Forecasting: Whoops! Management and Magic Strategy and the Art of Seduction The Soft Underbelly of Hard Data Strategy as destiny Jack Welch on Planning The Seven Deadly Sins of Planning Strategy One Step at a Time and many, many more. Why not have a good time reading a strategy book for a change? Product Description SWOTed by strategy models? Crunched by analysis? Strategy doesnt have to be this way. Strategy is really all about being different. Thinking about it shouldn´t make you reach for the snooze button. Strategy Bites Back brings you a provocative, imaginative and surprising mix of perspectives to help stimulate more creative strategic thinking and more enjoyable strategy making. From voices as diverse as and Lucy Kellaway, Mao Tse Tung and Jack Welch, even Michael Porter and Gary Hamel, you can enjoy exploring the sharper side of strategy. Strategy as a Little Black Dress Forecasting: Whoops! Management and Magic Strategy and the Art of Seduction The Soft Underbelly of Hard Data Strategy as destiny Jack Welch on Planning The Seven Deadly Sins of Planning Strategy One Step at a Time and many, many more. Why not have a good time reading a strategy book for a change? Backcover Henry Mintzberg´s views are a breath of fresh air The Observer a mine full of nuggets Guardian A tasty smorgasbord of writings on strategy Director This true gem of a book should sit proudly on any strategists bookshelf. The Edge SWOTed by strategy models? Crunched by analysis? Strategy doesnt have to be this way. Strategy is really all about being different. Thinking about it shouldnt make you reach for the snooze button. Strategy really can be fun! To show you how , Strategy Bites Back brings you a provocative, imaginative and surprising mix of perspectives from a diverse choir of voices with something different to say about strategy. With a medley of writings from Michael Porter, Gary Hamel and Jack Welch, to Lucy Kellaway, John Kay and yes even Hans Christian Andersen, theres something in here for everyone. SO DIVE IN, ENJOY AND SOON YOULL BE BITTEN BY THE STRATEGY BUG! For more on strategy and on some of the authors other books, see www.pearson-books.com/mintzberg STRATEGY BITES BACK - CONTENTS 1. What´s In A Word? What´s in a Buzzword? Lucy Kellaway Eenie, meenie, minie, mo The Economist What is Strategy? John Kay Five Ps for Strategy, Henry Mintzberg Beware of Strategy A. Inkpen and N. Choudhry 2. Swoted by Strategy The other Tower of Babel Joseph Lampel Strategy as a Little Black Dress Jeanne Liedtka The CEO as Strategist Michael Porter The manager as Orchestra Conductor? The Tortoise and the Hare: a fable for senior executives John Kay Jack´s Turn Henry Mintzberg 3 STRATEGY CAREFULLY The Revolution in Strategic Planning - John Byrne Jack Welch on Planning - Jack Welch The Seven Deadly Sins of Planning - I. Wilson How To Build Scenarios - Lawrence Wilkinson Forecasting Whoops Plans in Case you are Stuck Karl Weick The creation Anonymous How to Plan A Strategy Speech of the Second Planning Session of the Eighth Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada Mao Tse-tung Planning and Flexibility- Henry Mintzberg Management and Magic - M.L.Gimpl and S.R. Dakin 4. FIGURING STRATEGY Launching Strategy - Henry Mintzberg Positioning the Derriere (Japanese Masters Get Closer to the Toilet Nirvana) - James Brooke The Soft Underbelly of Hard Data - Henry Mintzberg The glory of numbers Reversing the Images of the Growth Share Matrix - John Seeger 5. A VISION OF STRATEGY To see or not to see Imaging Strategy Henry Mintzberg and Frances Westley Strategic Thinking as Seeing - Henry Mintzberg Seeing a Symphony The problem with problems Smullyan Marketing Myopia - Henry Mintzberg Recognizing the CEO as an Artist - Patricia Pitcher Reflections of An Entrepreneur - Richard Branson Entrepreneurship and Planning - A. Bhide Managing quietly Henry Mintzberg What My Mother Taught Me