If jobs were constructed like games, Csikszentmihalyi posits, flow would be reached more often at work. From the Management section comes Lesson 64, The Acid Test for Hiring: Ask yourself, How would you feel having this same person working for your competition instead of for you? From the same section is Lesson 44, Your Best People May Spend Their Most Productive Time Staring at the Walls: If you discover one of your executives looking at the wall . The stories that Badaracco uses effectively move us past the rote rules most business books offer and more realistically reflect lifes variability. The Story Factor To help us rediscover our innate talent for storytelling, Simmons presents six different types of stories that have the power to influence others: Who I Am; Why I Am Here; the Vision; Teaching; Values-in-Action; and I Know What You Are Thinking. Losing yourself in the telling of your story means you are not as in control as when you are reading bullet points off slides or reading from notes. It is based on the concept that communication can only take place at the right time and under the right circumstances SCOTT BEDBURY WITH STEPHEN FENICHELL - A New Brand World Bedbury helped launch the Bo Knows and Just Do It campaigns. MARTY NEUMEIER - Zag For example, his depiction of Marketing is a man telling a woman, I am a great lover. The difference is subtle but clear: branding is all about what your customer understands about your product or message and has nothing to do with what you are telling the customer. Neumeier presents a process for differentiation by including chapters to help you find, design, build, and renew your zag. But, Neumeier says, to do that you need to know where your company is within the competition cycle. He uses the childs game of Rock Paper Scissors as an analogy to show the way large, medium, and small organizations go through that cycle. They grow by taking white space from larger paper companies because they can move more quickly to market or the large business is too busy to notice. The Rock Paper Scissors analogy beautifully illustrates how companies of different sizes transition between cycles and how the strengths and weaknesses of those companies change over time. The Tipping Point MALCOLM GLADWELL In social epidemics, Gladwell presents three essentials to the phenomenon: the Law of the Few; the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. The Mavens are the databank, brilliant people to whom we look for answers; Connectors are the social glue, those people who know people; and Salesmen are the people who have the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced of what we are hearing, and they are as critical to the tipping of word-of-mouth epidemics as the other two groups. To explain the second essential, the Stickiness Factor, Gladwell offers examples that include my favorite about the television show Blues Clues. Gladwell uses David Gunns work in overseeing a multibillion-dollar reclamation of the New York City subway system to show the reversal of just such a trend. The subway system was in a shambles, the cars were often covered with graffiti, and people were afraid to use the system. As people try to stay in step with a rapidly evolving business landscape, they are turning to journalistic books that bring the big picture into focus, like Thomas Friedmans The World Is Flat, Gladwells next book, Blink, and Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubners Freakonomics. The yellow hat is optimistic and covers hope and positive thinking. The green hat indicates creativity and new ideas. The blue hat is concerned with control, the organization of the thinking process, and the use of other hats. The Art of the Start 2.0 GUY KAWASAKI For example, in a list of ways to avoid hiring mistakes, he gives us the Top Ten lies job candidates use, including: Lie: Ive never been with a company for more than a year because I get bored easily. The essence of Mauboussins work lingers on investigating how humans can make better decisionssomething we can all use help with. To dismiss the work as not in your purview would be to miss the richness of sources Mauboussin draws from and miss the very point of using a broader base of knowledge to make better decisions. The breadth of subjects Mauboussin draws from and his central message that we should never put limits on what we know should inspire each of us to develop more numerous sources of inspiration as we try to make better sense of what we do and of the greater world around us.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen 3. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide T Getting The Right Things Done Peter F. How to be a Star at Work: 9 Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed Robert E. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Stephen R. The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lesson for Us All Michael Useem 14. Leadership Is an Art Max De Pree 16. The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership Steve Farber 17. Leading Change John P. The Experience Economy: Work is Theatre and Every Business a Stage B. Financial Intelligence: A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean Karen Berman and Joe Knight with John Case 43. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution Michael Hammer and James Champy 48. The Great Game of Business: Unlocking the Power and Profitablility of Open- Book Management Jack Stack with Bo Burlingham 50. A New Brand world: 8 Principles for Achieving Brand Leadership in the 21st Century Scott Bedbury with Stephen Fenichell 52. The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I Sutton 54. Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and made a fortune Doing Business My Way Richard Branson 63. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It Michael E. The Partnership Charter: How to Start Out Right with New Business Partnership (or Fix the One You'll In) David Gage 67. Guerrilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business Jay Conrad Levinson 69. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in creativity from IDEO, America Leading Design Firm Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman 78. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander 82. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World Kevin Kelly 84. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life Richard Florida 85. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels Michael Watkins 91. Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness Jeffrey Gitomer 94. What the CEO Wants You to Know: Using Business Acumen to Understand How Your Company Really Works Ram Charan 95. A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM Thomas J. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques Michael Michalko 100. More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places Michael J.
A lot of work went into defining a structure for the book to put related topics together, to making the key ideas easily accessible, and to providing cross-references so the reviews can be approached in many different ways.
This is a treasure, and business book readers everywhere are in Jack and Todd's debt.
I open it and the first book that comes out is "Flow" and I am already reading it.
Then read for an audience, don't be afraid to walk away from a book.
The reviews are a perfect length, typically 2-3 pages and tend to feel like a combination of critique, summary of important ideas and insight into the authors personal use of the book in real world business life.
Having just completed an MBA program, my brain was full of textbook data, yet I knew there were countless other business books that were important for me to read.