Technology has changed what it means for communities to "be together." Digital tools are now part of most communities' habitats. This book develops a new literacy and language to describe the practice of stewarding technology for communities. Whether you want to ground your technology stewardship in theory and deepen your practice, whether you are a community leader or sponsor who wants to understand how communities and technology intersect, or whether you just want practical advice, this is the book for you.
Today's marketplace is fueled by knowledge. Yet organizing systematically to leverage knowledge remains a challenge. Leading companies have discovered that technology is not enough, and that cultivating communities of practice is the keystone of an effective knowledge strategy. Communities of practice come together around common interests and expertise- whether they consist of first-line managers or customer service representatives, neurosurgeons or software programmers, city managers or home-improvement amateurs. They create, share, and apply knowledge within and across the boundaries of teams, business units, and even entire companies-providing a concrete path toward creating a true knowledge organization. In Cultivating Communities of Practice, Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder argue that while communities form naturally, organizations need to become more proactive and systematic about developing and integrating them into their strategy. This book provides practical models and methods for stewarding these communities to reach their full potential-without squelching the inner drive that makes them so valuable. Through in-depth cases from firms such as DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey & Company, Shell, and the World Bank, the authors demonstrate how communities of practice can be leveraged to drive overall company strategy, generate new business opportunities, tie personal development to corporate goals, transfer best practices, and recruit and retain top talent. They define the unique features of these communities and outline principles for nurturing their essential elements. They provide guidelines to support communities of practice through their major stages of development, address the potential downsides of communities, and discuss the specific challenges of distributed communities. And they show how to recognize the value created by communities of practice and how to build a corporate knowledge strategy around them. Essential reading for any leader in today's knowledge economy, this is the definitive guide to developing communities of practice for the benefit-and long-term success-of organizations and the individuals who work in them. Etienne Wenger is a renowned expert and consultant on knowledge management and communities of practice in San Juan, California. Richard McDermott is a leading expert of organization and community development in Boulder, Colorado. William M. Snyder is a founding partner of Social Capital Group, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary soccer coach Arsène Wenger finally tells his own story for the very first time. Wenger opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, personal development, and management. This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club. • Covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for FIFA • Wenger offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness, and the winning edge. •He popularized the attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining. • Includes full-color photo insert. Among the most successful managers of all time, Wenger, affectionately nicknamed "the professor," has won multiple championships and run one undefeated and unmatched English Premier League season. This is a must-read for Arsenal fans, soccer fans, athletes, trainers, business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. The story of one of the most revered and successful coaches—and his tactics and vision—in the world's largest sport • Makes a great book for diehard soccer fans around the world • You'll love this book if you love books like Alex Ferguson: My Biography by Alex Ferguson, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham and Tom Watt, and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty. Digital audio edition read by the author.
In the six years since his arrival at Highbury, Arsene Wenger has made Arsenal FC double Double winners and transformed the reputation of English football in general. Jasper Rees has been granted unprecedented access to Wenger's friends and family, players, and rival managers to write the untold story behind this deeply private man. He follows him from childhood in Alsace, through his period as a journeyman player, to his days as a coach at Nancy, Monaco, Grampus Eight, and finally Arsenal. A surprise appointment at Highbury at the time, Wenger has since converted millions of sceptics to his way of thinking. His revolutionary ideas about management, psychology, diet, and fitness have turned a team of old English crocks, young French misfits, and a Dutch master or two into one of the most sublime footballing teams ever seen.
Arsene Wenger is credited with revolutionising one of the biggest clubs in Europe – famously bringing free-flowing football to ‘boring, boring Arsenal’ – and with influencing approaches to the modern game. In an industry of disposable contracts and ruthless sacking, his long tenure is testament to his success and dedication, and to the loyalty of players and fans. Wenger has said he is far too young to write his autobiography. Instead, he has cooperated with leading sports journalist Xavier Rivoire in this new authorised and definitive biography, which includes exclusive interviews with Wenger, ex and current players, family, colleagues and observers, across Japan, France and England. The result is a highly readable portrait of an astute and incisive manager, a shrewd talent scout and man manager, as well as an intensely private and intriguing man.
ARSÈNE WENGER, French football manager and former player, has managed Arsenal since 1996, and has become the club s longest-serving and most successful manager. Wenger has contributed to the revolution of football in England, introducing several changes in training and the diet of players. Under his tenure, Arsenal have completed two League and FA Cup doubles, spent the 2003/04 League season undefeated, and reached the Champions League final in 2006. Season 2013/14 culminated in an FA Cup win, despite doubts over Wenger s contract being renewed. In 2014, 'Le Professeur' oversaw his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal, and was rewarded with a new three-year contract as manager. In Arsène Wenger: Fifty Defining Fixtures, journalist Layth Yousif takes a look at the great man's career as manager, and tracks those games that have defined one of the most successful managers of all time.
When Arsene Wenger was appointed as manager by Arsenal Football Club in 1996, football fans everywhere gave a puzzled look and asked, 'who?' They were soon to find out just what kind of man had become a part of English football, as Wenger added to Arsenal's first Double win by leading them to another in 1998 and a third in 2002. Since then, he has amused and entertained with his erudition and always pertinent evaluations of Arsenal's merits and those of the game in general. Here are the most diverting and most intriguing comments of manager Arsene Wenger.