The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy by Patrick Lambe
What has the new economy got to do with blind tour guides? In what ways are new economy CEOs similar to deceased Viking heroes? Why do geeks,women and criminals seem better adapted to the needs of the 21st century?
In this highly readable book, published in 2002, Patrick Lambe explores the impact of technological change on business and working life, providing a frontline view of the day-to-day changes that accompany one of the most incredible transformations of society in the world today - the much debated new economy.
Though the book’s context and perspective are written from Singapore, the issues discussed are global ones. The thoughtful analysis and engaging style of its British writer range widely over new economy issues from the forests of Sweden (becoming rapidly depleted of women), to the cyber cafes of Kazakhstan (where teenagers eye Australian immigration rules).
Along the way he makes brief forays into history to display the older resonances with how humankind has adapted to technological change in the past, and to draw pointers for how organizations can continue to learn, innovate and manage risk in the connected economy.
Advance praise for this book:
“Your essays on risk are terrific.”
Thomas A. Stewart, author of Intellectual Capital and The Wealth of Knowledge
“Excellent! How neatly you tie seemingly unrelated events in history to issues in the new economy.”
Dr Saul Carliner, author of An Overview of Online Learning and ISD for E-learning
”…...your writing is full of historical context to help us learn from history”
Wong Kok Seng, SME Development, SPRING Singapore
”... keep up the great work of easing people into the new paradigm!”
Kim Sbarcea, Chief Knowledge Officer, Ernst and Young Australia
”...I liked your metaphor of the blind tour guide to explain the new role of management in the new economy.”
Jef Staes, Consultant, Learning Organization, Siemens Belgium