Tribal Business School: Lessons in Business Survival and Success from the Ultimate Survivors

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"This unusual and engaging book is a clarion call to simplicity andfundamental organisations. It is full of great stories, sharpobservations and acute parallels between the lives of tribes andbusinesses. Tremendous fun."
—Nigel Nicholson

"An entertaining and highly original perspective on the art ofleadership."
—Heath Monk

"Jo Owen's unique insights into business success and survivalare practical and ...

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Overview

"This unusual and engaging book is a clarion call to simplicity andfundamental organisations. It is full of great stories, sharpobservations and acute parallels between the lives of tribes andbusinesses. Tremendous fun."
—Nigel Nicholson

"An entertaining and highly original perspective on the art ofleadership."
—Heath Monk

"Jo Owen's unique insights into business success and survivalare practical and inspiring."
Juliet Hope

"Tribal Business School shows that the challenges ofmodern business leaders are in essence similar to the challenges ofleaders of any other tribe. What is a real eye opener, is how muchcorporate leaders can learn from centuries of accumulated wisdom ofthose who have been through it before."
—Brett Wigdortz

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“This is an entertaining read with many striking photos – altogether, good food for thought.” (People Management, Thursday 17th April 2008)
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Meet the Author

JO OWEN is a successful business leader, social entrepreneurand speaker. He is a co-founder of three charities: Teach First,which is now one of the UK’s top graduate recruiters, FutureLeaders which develops head teachers for urban schools and StartUpwhich helps offenders start their own businesses on release fromprison.
As a business leader, Jo led a business in Japan for three years;he was a partner at Accenture and was the architect of what is nowHBOS business banking. He was also the best nappy salesman inBirmingham and put the blue speckle in Daz.
He has written extensively for the business press and his booksinclude How to Lead and How to Manage (both Pearson).He is in demand as a speaker on leadership, change, organisation,strategy and the corporate tribe. He can be contacted atjo.owen@leadershippartnership.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Strategy and Competition.

Kill or cooperate.

2. Change.

Change or die.

3. Leadership.

Respect, responsibility, courage and contribution.

Leadership in traditional societies.

Leadership as a contact sport.

How to avoid messing up as a leader.

4. Learning to Lead.

Role models and the role of books and courses.

5. Skills and Knowledge.

From “know what” to “know how”: tacitversus explicit knowledge.

6. Information Management.

Trust the messenger not the message, and never trust aspreadsheet.

7. Culture and Values.

Respect for the community: social versus economic capital.

Anthropology at your desk: discover your tribe’sculture.

Tribal versus corporate culture: three tests.

8. Control and Systems.

The lore and the law.

Control and compliance.

9. Survival and Success.

A journey to the dark side of the tribe.

The social costs of the tribe.

The struggle for economic success.

10. From Bush to Boardroom.

Putting bush craft into practice.

About the Book and Acknowledgements.

Index.

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