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STRATEGY

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.

Competitive Advantage, Michael Porter

The complement to Competitive Strategy. The focus is on the company itself using activity based theory.

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.

The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen

Why outstanding companies that do everything right lost market leadership due to technological changes.

 

The Strategy Focused Organization, Robert Kaplan & David Norton

Ideas on implementing the Balanced Scorecard

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki

Great read with plenty of tips for any entrepreneur

 

The Entrepreneurial Journey, Tom O’Malia

Tom makes everything sound so easy. He provides simple ways of analyzing complex problems.

The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen

Why outstanding companies that did everything right lost market leadership due to technological changes.

The Individualized Corporation, Sumantra Ghoshal & Christopher Bartlett

Great companies are defined by purpose, process and people. Leverage your human capital for competitive advantage.

Value Migration, Adrian Slywotzky

How to locate the value in your company and develop a superior business design.

Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawat

Practical uses in the workplace for emotional intelligence.

The Successful Business Plan: strategies and secrets, Rhonda Abrams

One of the better business plan books.

Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies, George Day and Paul Schoemaker

An important selection for technical entrepreneurship.

Bringing New Technology to Market by Kathleen Allen

A shameless plug for a good friend’s book.

The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman

The importance of design as a competitive edge

The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder

A Pulitzer winner. Enough said.

Banvard’s Folly, Paul Collins

Short stories of the most famous people of their time. These individuals did not change the world. Some believe that to know how to be a success is to understand why others were not.

The Brand Called You, Peter Montoya

Be the CEO of the brand You.

How Breakthroughs Happen, Andrew Hargadon

Innovation is really about creatively recombining ideas.

Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies, George Day, Paul Schoemaker

How managers assess technologies and markets

Marketing of High-Technology Products and Innovations, Jakki Mohr, Sanjit Sendupta, Stanley Slater

Systematic decision making about marketing high –tech

Digital Business, Concepts and Strategy, Eloise Coupey

How traditional concepts of business strategy are influenced by the internet

Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey Moore

Marketing for the high tech entrepreneur

COMMUNICATION

Influencing with Integrity, Genie Laborde

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

ORGANIZATIONS

The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge

Another classic. Learning organizations and systems thinking.

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, Peter Senge, et al

Companion and a “how to guide” for building a learning organization.

The Individualized Corporation, Sumantra Ghoshal & Christopher Bartlett

Great Companies are defined by purpose, process and people. Leverage your human capital for competitive advantage.

Built to Last, James Collins and Jerry Porras

Why a few American companies have been able to achieve long-term success.

Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar Schein

Leadership, culture and organizational effectiveness

Intervention Resource Guide, Danny Langdon

A resource on common solving common performance problems in the workplace

CHANGE

Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

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

Shaping the Adaptive Organization, William Fulmer

How to prepare a company to adapt to the challenges in a changing environment.

Improving Performance, Geary Rummler and Alan Brache

Process Improvement by managing the flow between departments rather than within them.

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE

Value Migration, Adrian Slywotzky

How to locate the value in your company and develop a superior business design.

FINANCE

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

Value-Driven Intellectual Capital, Patrick Sullivan

An easy to read primer on how to extract value from your intellectual capital.

The Balanced Scorecard, Robert Kaplan & David Norton

Linking strategies with day to day activities.

LEADERSHIP

Coaching and Mentoring Skills, Andrew Dubin

Nice small handbook

 

Real Change Leaders, Jon Katzenbach

How mid level managers have adapted to the need for change and what they do that works.

Human Capability, Elliott Jaques and Kathryn Cason

Measuring human capability and predicting success in the workplace.

Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawat

Practical uses in the workplace for emotional intelligence.

Leadership: Research findings, practice and skills. Andrew J Dubrin. A nice leadership text.

 

The Leadership Challenge. James M Kouzes & Barry Z Posner. A classic in leadership reading.

 

The Leadership Challenge Workbook. James M Kouzes & Barry Z Posner. The accompanying workbook

 

Coaching and Mentoring Skills. Andrew J Dubrin. A nice primer on coaching.

OTHER

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.