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Overview A guide to bringing American business into the next century includes advice on how to spot a new trend, help key people adapt to change, and manage intractable problems
How would like to spot future trends before the competition?
We all know the rules for success in our business or professions, yet we also know that these rules--paradigms--can change at any time. What Joel Barker does in Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future is explain how to spot paradigm shifts, how they unfold, and how to profit from them. Through the power of this method--paradigm spotting--you can: find the people in your organization most likely to spot a new trendhelp your key people adept when a massive change is occurringlearn to effectively grapple with your "intractable problems" and improve your results incalculably.
In addition, Paradigms is full of concrete examples of paradigm shifts and predictions for the future, and contains a new introduction detailing recent developments and pointing out areas to watch tor paradigm shifts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 26, 1993
ISBN 0887306470 ISBN13 9780887306471 UPC 099455015004
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More About Joel A. Barker
Joel Arthur Barker has been a teacher and advertising executive and has served as director of the Future Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota. His corporate clients include IBM, Monsanto, AT&T, General Mills, U.S. Sprint, the Mayo Clinic, 3M, Motorola, and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Reviews - What do customers think about Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future?
Pioneers Jul 18, 2007
I had the oppotunity to see a video on Paradigms. I bought this book as I have work colleagues who wil not move.(their way is best) I read the book thouroughly and enjoyed it very much and will pass it onto my colleagues. Having read the book I am convinced I am a pioneer who cannot get past the settlers. If you want to improve, read it.
A Book for winners Jan 10, 2007
Joel Arthur Barker brings you greater insights in how paradigms operate within the coorporate world of today. He gives you understanding of different peoples approach to changes and how to take advantage of the invetible major paradigmshifts that occur in every decade. He helps you shift your thinking as a leader regarding a small group of employees - the ones who can see paradigmshifts coming. A fantastic book that raises your level of understanding in so many areas.
Spotting a Paradigm Shift - That could be the Real Secret Weapon towards Success Jul 15, 2006
Paradigms are around us everywhere. They are difficult to recognize because we become used to the things that we believe are the standards.
In the current world, where "the only thing that is constant, is change" being able to spot a paradigm change in order to adapt and take advantage of it before the competition, it what can make you a real asset for your company. This book tries to teach us how to identify paradigms through many real life examples from the corporate world.
Sound confusing and subjective, and it is, but is just evolution. Adapt to changes in order to survive. But what if you don't want just to survive, but to be successful,... well then you have to be the one breaking the rules. For that, you have to learn the business of discovering the future, and that is what this book is about.
Very good book on "mental models" May 31, 2006
This is a good book for many reasons.
It really challenges our conventional ways of thinking. I found it quite enjoyable. There are many great paradigm examples given: the swiss watchmakers losing marketshare, long distance runners overcoming the 26 mile barrier.
This book allows the reader to identify paradigms and through that understanding spot them as they are occurring. This understanding is most valuable in business and life.
A great read, highly recommended.
Snake oil for corporate America Mar 9, 2005
A useful tool to try and get people to accept ideas (usually bad ones). To shift your paradigm (knowledge filter) means to a) roll with the punches b) free yourself from independent thought or c) goose step...right...left...right....left... There are plenty of used copies! HR people love this approach because it gets the American worker to do HR's job for them, ie. brainwash herself/himself into accepting lousy ideas that will hurt the average American in the long run.