Right Here, Right Now: Politics And Leadership In The Age Of Disruption by Stephen J. HarperRight Here, Right Now: Politics And Leadership In The Age Of Disruption by Stephen J. Harper

Right Here, Right Now: Politics And Leadership In The Age Of Disruption

byStephen J. Harper

Hardcover | October 9, 2018

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In this timely and insightful new book, Stephen J. Harper, Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, draws on a decade of experience as a G-7 leader to help leaders in business and government understand, adapt, and thrive in an age of unprecedented disruption.

     The world is in flux. Disruptive technologies, ideas, and politicians are challenging business models, norms, and political conventions everywhere. How we, as leaders in business and politics, choose to respond matters greatly. Some voices refuse to concede the need for any change, while others advocate for radical realignment. But neither of these positions can sustainably address the legitimate concerns of disaffected citizens.
     Right Here, Right Now sets out a pragmatic, forward-looking vision for leaders in business and politics by analyzing how economic, social, and public policy trends--including globalized movements of capital, goods and services, and labour--have affected our economies, communities, and governments.       Harper contends that Donald Trump's surprise election and governing agenda clearly signal that political, economic, and social institutions must be more responsive to legitimate concerns about public policy, market regulation, immigration, and technology.       Urging readers to look past questions of style and gravitas, Harper thoughtfully examines the substantive underpinnings of how and why Donald Trump was able to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, and how these forces are manifesting themselves in other western democracies.       Analyzing international trade, market regulation, immigration, technology, and the role of government in the digital economy, Harper lays out the case for pragmatic leadership as a proven solution to the uncertainty and risk that businesses and governments face today.
STEPHEN JOSEPH HARPER is an economist, entrepreneur, and former G-7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister for nearly a decade, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. Today, he is the Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting,  a firm that helps its clients navigate global business risk. He speaks regularly to g...
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Title:Right Here, Right Now: Politics And Leadership In The Age Of DisruptionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.27 × 6.21 × 0.87 inPublished:October 9, 2018Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771038623

ISBN - 13:9780771038624

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Catalogue This Book Half-Way to the Fiction Section Political leaders should be required to sign a legally binding agreement that, after leaving office, they will not use the media to comment on their political life and experiences. The temptation for self-congratulation, self-justification and, the worst sin of all, revisionism is just too much. All these problems are evident in Harper's book, a too proud man to admit to any failings. I felt a bit like Rip van Winkle reading this book. It was as if I had missed ten years of my life because the 10 years of the Harper government that he describes are not what I remember. Truth be known, I have been a Progressive Conservative supporter (emphasis on Progressive) since the time of John Diefenbaker's massive populist victory in 1957-1958. I was one of Stephen Harper's earliest supporters. I was among many who would not listen to Joe Clark's warning about a regressive conservative party under Harper. We wanted to wear the rose-coloured glasses and paid the political price. As a conservative I have come to accept that a conservative government (since Arthur Meighen) will always find a way to screw up such that we would never earn the title of natural governing party of Canada. This book highlights the intolerance, divisiveness and animosity that became the dark underbelly of the Harper conservative manifestation and helps to explain why we have a current Liberal government. In fairness, the last chapter on Business is deserving of a read. The themes of Populism, Globalism and Immigration take advantage of a general lack of knowledge about politics and history. Any person with some depth of experience in these areas would quickly see how the "facts" have been selective or twisted to fit a narrative. The amount of "cherry picking" in this book would do the Okanagan Valley proud. As I read this book and compared the "facts" to the reality, I kept seeing this two-word phrase flashing off the pages: FAKE NEWS. For example, any study of populism and Third Party movements in the United States would reveal a long history of movements that have become increasingly complex in their makeup. Trump's victory was not the simple coming together of people "alienated" from the elite as Harper's narrative would suggest. No mention is made of the darker underbelly of the movement because that does not fit the picture Harper wants to draw. By the way, for Harper to express ongoing contempt for the "elite" is hypocritical. Born and raised in Leaside in Toronto? Well, is that not the pot calling the kettle black? The misrepresentation of populism in the U.S. is just one example of twisting and massaging in this book. Read the book, if you will. But, have a large shaker of salt right there beside you. Better still, have the salt in your Margarita. Helps to dull the senses as you read the literary equivalent of the old rubber, shapeable Pokey and Gumby dolls.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I just finished reading Mr. Harper's book and found it enlightening and well written. For me, it cast a new light on conservatism as the better political path to follow. He explains in easy-to-understand terms some of the major topics of the day and provided intelligent observations. I think that this is a must-read to all who have questions on what is going on; in Canada, the US and Europe. For those that don't have questions, they probably should read this book too, it might open their minds.
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I read in this year This is the best book I read in this year. Mr. Harper corrected me the viewpoint on leftist vs rightist vs populist, protectionism vs free trade, nationalism vs alienism, etc... He helped me to understand what’s going on in my country and our world today, and the most important; there is solution, not hopeless.
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading'particularly for Liberals I found there were no helpful reviews for this book to date in your web site. Some are dated before the book was available. I found two alternate sources for good reviews of this book. I thought Mr. Harper was very insightful about what is happening in USA and Britain today. He also explained why Canada supports immigration better than Britain and USA. He is not going to win any awards for literature but he wrote in a manner that can be easily understood. He is honest about his own faults and at times he is quite partisan. However, he did discuss some economic theories in a basic manner for the average reader. For some, you may actually have to focus on what you are reading, but at least Harper is "not underestimating our intelligence or overestimating our knowledge." He believes populism will continue as the political elite focus on the well educated urban people who are mobile rather than the poorly educated rural people who are not mobile. Ignore the working people who are most vulnerable will create American type problems in Canada. Politicians seem to worry about people who wash up before going to work rather than those who have to wash up after finishing work. The reader may not agree with everything Mr. Harper has to say but this book is worth reading, particularly for Liberals. This book demonstrates that Harper is more pragmatic than some believe.
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An incredibly dry and uninformative read I could easily look past the authors lack of literary ability if there were anything redeeming in the content. Unfortunately, the book simply makes rather obvious and tired observations such as "we're in an age where public opinion can form very quickly" Indeed. Unlike other books that use ghost writers this one appears to be entirely the author's own work as no writer would have allowed something this hackneyed, uninformative, and bland to go to press. If you're looking for insight into anything other than the robotic thought process of the author you're probably looking at the wrong book. This is the literally equivalent of watching someone paint a fence.
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good In this timely and insightful new book, Stephen J. Harper, Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, draws on a decade of experience as a G-7 leader
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I am usually not into politics, but this was well written and easy to understand which made it easy to enjoy!
Date published: 2018-06-04