BOOK CLUB Compass reviews four new titles

EXPLOSION: WHAT THE INTERNET IS NOW DOING TO US PERSONALLY - IN A PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WAY - ANDY LAW

In Explosion, leading business thought leader Andy Law considers how technology has become so entrenched in our daily activities that we’re now behaving as businesses do – using a range of new skills to get what we want at the right price. And this is just the start; today’s new ‘normal’ is affecting our relationships, thinking, leisure activities and more. The result: changing expectations for quality and delivery, which means businesses must find new ways of engaging with consumers.

160 pages, Lid Publishing, May 2015, US$19.99 (hardcover)

NO ORDINARY DISRUPTION: THE FOUR GLOBAL FORCES BREAKING ALL THE TRENDS RICHARD DOBBS, JAMES MANYIKA, JONATHAN WOETZEL

In today’s world of “near-constant discontinuity,” business models can be upended in months. The directors of the McKinsey Global Institute discuss how four fundamental disruptive trends – the rise of emerging markets, the impact of technology, an aging population and connected trading systems – are producing “monumental” change.

To survive, the authors say, businesses must “reset their intuition,” focusing on the new opportunities available to them rather than holding onto what has worked in the past.

288 pages, PublicAffairs, May 2015, US$27.99 (hardcover)

VAPORIZED: HOW TO THRIVE IN A DEMATERIALIZED WORLD ROBERT TERCEK

Media companies already know how digital technology can change entire industries – and now what happened to media is about to happen in every industry.

In this eye-opening account, digital innovation expert Tercek explains how the rest of the world will follow the path of books, music, newspapers and magazines and become Vaporized, forcing companies to reinvent their business models and adapt if they want to tap into this new, exciting economy.

256 pages, LifeTree Media, September 2015, US$26.99 (hardcover)

LET THE ELEPHANTS RUN: UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY AND CHANGE EVERYTHING DAVID USHER

Do you ever feel that somehow you’ve lost your creativity? According to musician and entrepreneur David Usher, adults often feel that they’ve lost their creativity because, as they’ve grown up, they’ve forgotten to be curious and to imagine – have become separated from the “child’s mind.”

In this beautifully presented book complete with photographs, illustrations and action pages, Usher teaches adults how to reset their creative thinking and spur their imaginations to create objects, change habits and transform people.

256 pages, House of Anansi Press, May 2015, US$24.95 (hardcover)houseofanansi.com

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