the-stupidity-paradox

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson & André Spicer. Reviewed by Vaughan S Roberts

The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson & André Spicer Profile Books, 2016, xii + 276pp, ISBN 978-1-78125-541-4, £9.99. Purchase here Reviewed by Vaughan S Roberts This volume had its genesis in a conversation between the two authors about a student who had done an internship with…

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online-mission-and-ministry

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Online Mission and Ministry: A theological and practical guide, by Pam Smith. Reviewed by Richard Steel

Online Mission and Ministry: A theological and practical guide, by Pam Smith SPCK, 2015, ix + 130pp, ISBN 978-0-281-07151-7, £9.99. Purchase here Reviewed by Richard Steel A book such as this has been needed for some while, and Pam Smith is a good person to write it. She began going online in the 1990s when…

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Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, by Herminia Ibarra. Reviewed by David Sims

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, by Herminia Ibarra Harvard Business Review Press, 2015, 220pp, ISBN 978-1-4221-8412-7, £20 Purchase here Reviewed by David Sims This book immediately stimulated me in opposite directions. It is a general sounding book about leadership, and life is too short to read any more of those. It is…

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multi-congregation-ministry

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Multi-Congregation Ministry: Theology and Practice in a Changing Church, by Malcolm Grundy. Reviewed by Paul Burden

Multi-Congregation Ministry: Theology and Practice in a Changing Church, by Malcolm Grundy Canterbury Press, 2015, x + 164pp, ISBN 978-1-84825-791-7, £18.99 Purchase here Reviewed by Paul Burden Malcolm Grundy is well-known to Modem, as a writer and trainer in leadership. This helpful book comes from his observation that, for local congregations, ‘the ways in which…

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Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Leadership: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, edited by Brigdid Carroll, Jackie Ford and Scott Taylor. Reviewed by Tim Harle

Leadership: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, edited by Brigdid Carroll, Jackie Ford and Scott Taylor Sage, 2015, xxvii + 298pp, ISBN 978-1-4462-9438-3, £30.99 Purchase here Reviewed by Tim Harle Don’t be put off by the opening words of this book’s foreword. The author suggests you would only be reading it because it’s a set text on a…

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the-widening-circle

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of Blessing the World, by Graham Tomlin. Reviewed by Timothy Hewitt

The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of Blessing the World, by Graham Tomlin SPCK, 2014, 192pp, ISBN 978-0-281-06902-6, £10.99. Purchase here Reviewed by Timothy Hewitt It is always good to read a timely book, and Graham Tomlin’s The Widening Circle can be described as timely. Tomlin seeks to understand priesthood within a framework of…

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doing-the-math-of-mission

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness, and Metrics, by Gil Rendle. Reviewed by Jeremy Fagan

Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness, and Metrics, by Gil Rendle Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, vii + 147pp, ISBN 978-1-5669-722-5, £9.99. Purchase here Reviewed by Jeremy Fagan Gil Rendle has extensive experience of churches through his work with the respected Alban Institute. He starts this helpful little book by asking, Can ministry be measured…

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what-clergy-do

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

What Clergy Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing, by Emma Percy. Reviewed by Michael Lofthouse

What Clergy Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing, by Emma Percy. SPCK, 2014, 176pp, ISBN 978-0-281-07024-4. £12.99 Purchase here Reviewed by Michael Lofthouse The title of the book fails to do justice to the contents. This is not just a narrative about doing – it is also substantially about how, who, when and why….

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Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

Host: Six New Roles of Engagement for Teams, Organizations, Communities, Movements, by Mark McKergow & Helen Bailey. Reviewed by Julie Couchman-Boor

Host: Six New Roles of Engagement for Teams, Organizations, Communities, Movements, by Mark McKergow & Helen Bailey. Solutions Books, 2014, xiii + 237pp, ISBN 978-0-95499749-8-5, £11.99. Purchase here Reviewed by Julie Couchman-Boor I awaited the arrival of this book with excitement and wasn’t disappointed. It is that rare mixture of easy read, practical ideas and…

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myth-of-the-strong-leader

Published by Rachel Noel on 15th September 2016

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, by Archie Brown. Reviewed by Vaughan S Roberts

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, by Archie Brown. The Bodley Head, 2014, x + 466pp, ISBN 978-1-847-92175-8, £25.00. Reviewed by Vaughan S Roberts Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and a prolific author, particularly on the political culture of the Soviet Union…

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