New Books for the Week of October 7, 2013

index.phpBeyond the Idea: how to execute innovation in any organization by Vijay Govindarajan; Chris Trimble
In this timely book, Tuck School of Business professor Govindarajan and consultant Trimble (coauthors of Reverse Innovation) show how innovation can be used in any business situation. Noting that most companies are built for day-to-day operations rather than for innovation, the authors present strategies for change, deftly detailing three business models that overcome these limitations: model S, for small initiatives; model R, for repeatable initiatives; and model C, for other initiatives. Illustrating their theories with business plans from BMW, Apple, and other companies, the authors point out the potential pitfalls of each approach. Next, they explain how to assemble targeted teams to execute these initiatives: dedicated teams, which are assigned to these ventures full time, or nearly full time; and shared staff, who contribute to these projects while also performing their regular jobs. Govindarajan and Trimble describe how to avoid conflict between the two teams while simultaneously maximizing their output and inspiring their dedication.

index.phpThe Innovative University: changing the DNA of higher education from the inside out by Clayton M. Christensen
The Innovative University illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation , and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovation in higher education, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions. This book uncovers how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building on what it’s done best.

index.phpTransformative Encounters: the intervention of God in Christian counseling and pastoral care ed. David W. Appleby and George Ohlschlager
What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience? Building on Gary Collins’s classic work, The Rebuilding of Psychology, the essays in this volume explore what a God-centered model of Christian counseling or pastoral care would look like. The contributors share the conviction that God is able to bring about lasting psycho-spiritual change here and now.  This book seeks to encourage and aid counselors, pastors, church staff, clinical practitioners, academics and students in developing this kind of God-encountering, Christ-centered ministry of miraculous change.

The power of Music: pioneering discoveries in the new science of song by Elena Mannes
Mannes’s background as a documentary filmmaker and scion of one of the great American music families (relations include the Damrosch conductor/composers and the founders of the Mannes College of Music) has prepared her well for this investigation of how music affects people and other animals. Detailing a variety of scientific experiments, she shows the effects of sound frequencies and vibrations on body organs and brain waves; her study culminates in documentation supporting music therapy. Mannes’s intercontinental explorations range from songbird studies to infants’ melodic preferences to the origins of the universe (one topic on which her discussions seem rather far-fetched if fascinating). Interviews with influential musicians such as Bobby McFerrin help lighten an otherwise rather dense text.

index.phpThe Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
It’s the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller’s new second-grade teacher. It’s also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might “start forgetting things” due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there’s the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned-the bat cave he creates doesn’t turn out quite like he’d hoped. Henkes’s (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy’s relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8-12

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About aprilvanputten

April is the Acquisitions / Office Manager at Miller Library. She is also the Business Manager of the Association of Christian Librarians, a non-profit organization serving Christian librarians in institutions of higher learning. April is passionate about business and leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and three children.
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