Best Business Books – 2013



Change

by: Joel, Mitch.
Ctrl alt delete : reboot your business. reboot your life. your future depends on it /
Business Plus, 2013.
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by: Charan, Ram.
Global tilt : leading your business through the great economic shift /
Crown Business, 2013.
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by: Bodell, Lisa.
Kill the company : end the status quo, start an innovation revolution /
Bibliomotion, c2012.
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Communications

by: Sjodin, Terri L.
Small message, big impact : the elevator speech effect /
Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.
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by: Groysberg, Boris.
Talk, Inc. : how trusted leaders use conversation to power their organizations /
Harvard Business Review Press, c2012.
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Competition

by: Weylman, C. Richard.
The power of why : breaking out in a competitive marketplace /

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Creativity

by: Boyd, Drew.
Inside the box : a proven system of creativity for breakthrough results /

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by: Wahl, Erik.
Unthink : rediscover your creative genius /

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Customer Service

by: Curtin, Steve.
Delight your customers : 7 simple ways to raise your customer service from ordinary to extraordinary /

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Decision Making

by: Abrahamson, Shaun,
Crowdstorm : the future of innovation, ideas, and problem solving /
Wiley, c2013.
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by: Heath, Chip.
Decisive : how to make better choices in life and work /
Crown Business, c2013.
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View DescriptionThe authors introduce a four-step process designed to counteract the biases that inevitably creep into the decision-making process. Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We are overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that does not. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings does not fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better? In this book the authors, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. It takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions. Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course? This book offers strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.


Entrepreneurial Biographies

by: Hendricks, John.
A curious discovery : an entrepreneur’s story
Harper Business, c2013.
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Financial Disasters

by: Barofsky, Neil M.
Bailout : an inside account of how Washington abandoned Main Street while rescuing Wall Street
Free Press, 2013, c2012.
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View DescriptionIn this account of his stranger-than-fiction baptism into the corrupted ways of Washington, Neil Barofsky offers an irrefutable indictment, from an insider of the Bush and Obama administrations, of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. In behind-the-scenes detail, he reveals proof of the extreme degree to which our government officials bent over backward to serve the interests of Wall Street firms at the expense of the broader public–and at the expense of effective financial reform. During the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Barofsky gave up his job as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York City, where he had convicted drug kingpins, Wall Street executives, and perpetrators of mortgage fraud, to become the special inspector general in charge of oversight of the spending of the bailout money. From his first day on the job, his efforts to protect against fraud and to hold the big banks accountable for how they spent taxpayer money were met with outright hostility from the Treasury officials in charge of the bailouts. Barofsky discloses how, in serving the interests of the banks, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his team worked with Wall Street executives to design programs that would funnel vast amounts of taxpayer money to their firms and would have allowed them to game the markets and make huge profits with almost no risk and no accountability, while repeatedly fighting Barofsky’s efforts to put the necessary fraud protections in place. His investigations also uncovered abject mismanagement of the bailout of insurance giant AIG and Geithner’s decision to allow the payment of millions of dollars in bonuses–including $7, 700 to a kitchen worker and $7,000 to a mail room assistant–and that the Obama administration’s “TARP czar” lobbied for the executives to retain their high pay. Providing details about how, meanwhile, the interests of homeowners and the broader public were betrayed, Barofsky recounts how Geithner and his team steadfastly failed to fix glaring flaws in the Obama administration’s homeowner relief program pointed out by Barofsky and other bailout watchdogs, rejecting anti-fraud measures, which unleashed a wave of abuses by mortgage providers against homeowners, even causing some who would not have lost their homes otherwise to go into foreclosure.


Forecasting

by: Taleb, Nassim.
Antifragile : things that gain from disorder /
Random House, c2012.
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by: Sharma, Ruchir.
Breakout nations : in pursuit of the next economic miracles /
W.W. Norton, c2012.
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Industry Profiles

by: Hoffman, Bryce G.
American icon : Alan Mulally and the fight to save Ford Motor Company /
Crown Business, c2012.
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by: Brawley, Otis Webb.
How we do harm : a doctor breaks ranks about being sick in America /
St. Martin’s Press, 2012.
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by: Acitelli, Tom.
The audacity of hops : the history of America’s craft beer revolution /

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Leadership

by: Gerzema, John,
The Athena doctrine : how women (and the men who think like them) will rule the future /
Jossey-Bass, c2013.
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by: Kellerman, Barbara.
The end of leadership
Harper Business, c2012.
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View Description“One of our foremost leadership experts dismantles obsolete assumptions and stimulates a new conversation about leadership in the twenty-first century. Becoming a leader has become a mantra. The explosive growth of the ‘leadership industry’ is based on the belief that leading is a path to power and money, a medium for achievement, and a mechanism for creating change. But there are other, parallel truths: that leaders of every stripe are in disrepute; that the tireless and often superficial teaching of leadership has brought us no closer to nirvana; and that followers nearly everywhere have become, on the one hand, disappointed and disillusioned, and, on the other, entitled and emboldened. The End of Leadership tells two tales. The first is about change–about how and why leadership and followership have changed over time, especially in the last forty years. As a result of cultural evolution and technological revolution, the balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted–with leaders becoming weaker and followers stronger. The second narrative is about the leadership industry itself. In this provocative and critical volume, Barbara Kellerman raises questions about leadership as both a scholarly pursuit and a set of practical skills: Does the industry do what it claims to do–grow leaders? Does the research justify the undertaking? Do we adequately measure the results of our efforts? Are leaders as all-important as we think they are? What about followers? Isn’t teaching good followership as important now as teaching good leadership? Finally, Kellerman asks: Given the precipitous decline of leaders in the estimation of their followers, are there alternatives to the existing models–ways of teaching leadership that take into account the vicissitudes of the twenty-first century? The End of Leadership takes on all these questions and then some–making it necessary reading for business, political, and community leaders alike.”–Publisher’s website.
by: Kouzes, James M.,
The leadership challenge : how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations /
Jossey-Bass, c2012.
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by: Marquet, L. David.
Turn the ship around! : how to create leadership at every level /
Greenleaf Book Group Press, c2012.
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Marketing

by: Loren, Jess.
Pinterest for business : how to pin your company to the top of the hottest social media network /
Que Pub., c2013.
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by: Brogan, Chris.
The impact equation : are you making things happen or just making noise? /
Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.
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Productivity

by: Weisbord, Marvin Ross.
Productive workplaces : dignity, meaning, and community in the 21st century /
Jossey-Bass, c2012.
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View Description“This third edition of the classic resource, Productive Workplaces, is smart, well-written and well-researched, thoughtful, somewhat provocative, and a one-of-a-kind review of the integration of economics, technology, and people. It covers such topics as: the work on self as integral to organizational change; the revision of Lewinian concepts for a new era; and the history behind “getting everybody improving whole systems” as a response to fast change and increasing diversity (not the same as using any particular method). The themes, case studies (many revisited), and models are as relevant as ever.”–Publisher’s website.


Psychology

by: Berger, Jonah.
Contagious : why things catch on /
Simon & Schuster, 2013.
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View DescriptionWhat makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Contagious combines research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread–for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.
by: Brown, Brene
Daring greatly : how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead /
Gotham Books, c2012.
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by: Robinson, Ken,
Finding your element : how to discover your talents and passions and transform your life /

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by: Cain, Susan.
Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking /
Crown Publishers, c2012.
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View DescriptionThis book demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society, from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Filled with indelible stories of real people, this book shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, the author charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the differences between extroverts and introverts. She introduces us to successful introverts, from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.” This book has the ability to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
by: Pink, Daniel H.
To sell is human : the surprising truth about moving others /
Riverhead Books, c2012.
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Social Change

Labor rising : the past and future of working people in America /
Distributed by Perseus Dist., 2012.
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View DescriptionWhen Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker threatened the collective bargaining rights of the state’s public-sector employees in early 2011, the massive protests that erupted in response put the labor movement back on the nation’s front pages. It was a powerful reminder of a not-so-distant past when the “labor question”, and the power of organized labor, was part and parcel of a century-long struggle for justice and equality in America. Now, as the reverberations from the “Occupy Wall Street” movement continue to be felt across the nation, the lessons of history, in seemingly short supply, are a vital handhold for the thousands of activists and citizens everywhere who sense that something has gone terribly wrong, and who believe that the labor movement can, and must be saved. This volume provides readers with an understanding of the history that is directly relevant to the economic and political crises working people face today, and points the way to a revitalized twenty-first-century labor movement. With original contributions from leading labor historians, social critics, and activists, the book makes crucial connections between the past and present, and then looks forward, asking how we might imagine a different future for all Americans.


Start-ups

by: Malinak, Jason.
Etsy-preneurship : everything you need to know to turn your handmade hobby into a thriving business /
John Wiley, c2013.
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by: Feld, Brad.
Startup communities : building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city /
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2012.
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View Description“‘Startup Communities’ documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other’s talent, creativity, and support. Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld’s experience in the field–as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities–this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more.”–From publisher description.
by: Stross, Randall E.
The launch pad : inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s most exclusive school for startups /
Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.
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Strategic Planning

by: Govindarajan, Vijay.
Reverse innovation : create far from home, win everywhere /
Harvard Business Review Press, c2012.
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Success

by: Jackson, Phil.
Eleven rings : the soul of success

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View DescriptionDuring his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed. This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.–From publisher description.
by: Lencioni, Patrick,
The advantage : why organizational health trumps everything else in business /
Jossey-Bass, c2012.
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by: Johansson, Frans.
The click moment : seizing opportunity in an unpredictable world /
Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.
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by: Wakeman, Cy.
The reality-based rules of the workplace : know what boosts your value, kills your chances, & will make you happier /

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Technological Innovation

by: Griffith, Terri.
The plugged-in manager : get in tune with your people, technology, and organization to thrive /
Jossey-Bass, c2012.
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US Economy and Budget

by: Blyth, Mark,
Austerity : the history of a dangerous idea /
Oxford University Press, 2013.
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by: Wessel, David.
Red ink : inside the high-stakes politics of the federal budget /
Crown Business, 2012.
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Wall Street

by: Lawson, Guy.
Octopus : Sam Israel, the secret market, and Wall Street’s wildest con
Crown Pub., c2012.
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View DescriptionThis story is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of a hedge fund fraud and the wild search, for a secret market beneath the financial market we all know. Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all, until the hedge fund he ran, Bayou, imploded and he became the target of a nationwide manhunt. Born into one of America’s most illustrious trading families, Israel was determined to strike out on his own. So after apprenticing with one of the greatest hedge fund traders of the 1980s, Sam founded his own fund and promised his investors guaranteed profits. With the proprietary computer program he had created, he claimed to be able to predict the future. But his future was already beginning to unravel. After suffering devastating losses and fabricating fake returns, Israel knew it was only a matter of time before his real performance would be discovered, so when a former black-ops intelligence operative told him about a secret market run by the Fed, Israel bet his last $150 million on a chance to make billions. Thus began his year-long adventure in the “Upperworld”, a society populated by clandestine bankers, shady European nobility, and spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus. Whether the secret market was real or a con, Israel was all in, and as the pressures mounted and increasingly sinister violence crept into his life, he struggled to break free of the Octopus’ tentacles.
by: Duff, Turney.
The buy side : a Wall Street trader’s tale of spectacular excess /

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