The global financial Crisis of 2008 demonstrated the comprehensive failure of Economics and of the theory of economic management which has dominated Economics for more than 50 years. It was, in particular, a disastrous failure for macroeconomists, those economists who deal with the big economic factors like growth, inflation and employment and who act as policy advisors to governments. The book reviews the post-Crisis literature, including the accounts of the guilty parties (We Didn’t Do It!), conference reports and the commentaries of central bankers, other professional economists and journalists. Finally, the recent work of some social and political thinkers, with the insights of behavioral economics and randomized controlled trials, are welcome signs of a future where moral and social consequences resume their rightful place as the proper yardsticks for measuring how useful Economics and economists really are. With very few exceptions macroeconomists have proven little better than shamans – witch doctors – muttering their opaque ritual incantations and failing in their social function. Yet they continue to enjoy an attention and respect which is wholly undeserved. It is time for this dangerous delusion to stop. The book is written in plain language for the average reader. The book’s website – http://www.shamanomics.info – provides more detailed information. This book was written before the Corona virus struck but its conclusions remain fully valid.
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OP: Tell us a little bit about Rise of the Gig Leaders. What is it about?
Neil: Change is constant. Organizations are facing a crisis of leading ever-increasing change projects as well as tackling day-to-day operations. Asking internal leaders to take charge of these projects is challenging — they are a finite resource. Consultancies don’t necessarily have the industry or specialist experience to tackle complex change programs. Interim leaders are senior leaders who have held senior leadership roles and who are adept at leading change. An interim leader has no interest in a permanent career with a client organization, but is focused on delivery, pace, and excellence.
Gig Leaders provides a contemporary and thorough review of interim leadership with specific insight into its focus, business case, and potential. The book discusses the context of the gig economy, features testimonials from interim leaders as well as executives who have engaged interim services and provides numerous examples of interim leadership in action. A model is described which articulates interim leadership, competencies are defined which characterize how interims operate, and the distinctive value of interim leaders is featured.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Neil: I have been an interim leader for 17 years. There is a real need for senior leaders to understand the potential of interim leadership as a vital component in their leadership resourcing strategy. Other books on interim leadership are showing their age, and do not provide such a comprehensive analysis of this type of leadership resource for leading change.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Neil: I self-published the book through Outskirts Press.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Neil: All organizational leaders (business and non-profit), HR leaders, change leaders, and interim leaders both present and aspiring.
Neil: No other book on interim leadership provides a model that defines the DNA of an interim leader. Gig Leaders incorporates feedback from executives and interim leaders to show both sides of successful relationships. The book provides practical help with the recruitment of interim leaders as well an assessment for leaders to consider their suitability for an interim leadership career.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Neil: No, I have not.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
OP: Thanks for your time, Neil! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Neil Grant is the owner of Focal Leadership LLC, specializing in global interim and consulting services in strategic leadership and organizational development. With experience in numerous industry sectors around the world, he is a leading authority on interim leadership to fuel organizational growth and transformation. He delivers critical leadership development projects for clients, as well as workshops and conference talks.
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Venkareddy Chennareddy’s “Scientific Economics Achieved the Status of Sciences in Deserving a Nobel Prize Award.” Scientific economics was developed to explain the rational utility for efficient allocation of resources, distribution of income and wealth in an economy. The central bank of Sweden established the Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences in 1968 and 44 Nobel Prizes were awarded to economists. We need to make sure that the politicians do not disregard these good recommendations to create a financially-sound economy, which ensures financial safety, minimum prices to consumers and fair returns to investors.