Ibis Associates 


December 1999

Volume 1 No. 7

As 1999 comes to an end, everyone is contemplating the best books of the year. Knowledge is power. Thus, the last issue of the year is a list of recommended readings.For your convenience a hyperlink directly to Amazon.com is included. Remember that fifteen percent of the price of the book is donated directly to El Nido Family Centers.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">


Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter

Originally published in 1980 this book is the definitive book about strategy and how to analyze industries. A great reference book.


Competing for the Future, Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad

The new strategy:Get to the future first! Unlearn your past before you create your future. Learn how to stretch your goals.


Hypercompetition, Richard D’Aveni

The new theory in this hyper competitive environment is to create, destroy and then re-create.



Influencing with Integrity, Genie Laborde

An easy read about how to best use and learn communication skills both verbal and non-verbal.



The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge

Another classic. Learning organizations and systems thinking.



Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

An entertaining book written as a fable. Deal with the issue of change. Keep looking for new cheese



EVA – Economic Value Added, Al Ehrbar

The Stern Stewart view that each measurement of profit is charged with the cost of capital. A more realistic view of net profits



Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond

Why did successful human civilizations suffer decline and extinction? A Pulitzer Prize winner about the historical reason for the inequality of human society through time.


Seasons Greetings and best wishes for a happy New Year to all.


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