Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Read A Good Book Lately?

By Virgil Carter

Have you read a good book lately? This is the time of year when many folks look for a good book, or two, for reading and relaxing as time permits. If this is your situation, take heart! Strategy + Business just released their “best business books 2012” list, and I’ll summarize it here:

For biographies:
Eisenhower in War and Peace, Jean Edward Smith, Random House
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster
Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man, Mark Kurlansky, Doubleday

For business strategy:
The New Emerging Market Multinationals: Four Strategies for Disrupting Markets and Building Brands, Amitava Chattopadhyay and Rajeev Batra, with Aysegul Ozsomer, McGraw-Hill

Pragmatic Strategy: Eastern Wisdom, Global Success, Ikujiro Nonaka and Zhichang Zhu, Cambridge University Press

Competitive Strategy: Options and Games, Benoit Chevalier-Roignant and Lenos Trigeorgis, MIT Press

For marketing:
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, Jim Stengel, Crown Business

Brand Real: How Smart Companies Live Their Brand Promise and Inspire Fierce Customer Loyalty, Laurence Vincent, Amacom

The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, Doc Searls, Harvard Business Review Press

On innovation:
The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation, Ron Adner, Portfolio/Penguin
Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, Thomas M. Koulopoulos, BibliomVijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, Harvard Business Review Press
Cloud Surfing: A New Way to Think about Risk, Innovation, Scale, and Success, Thomas M. Koulopoulos, Bibliomotion

On organizational culture:
Productive Workplaces: dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century: 25th Anniversary Edition, Marvin R. Weisbord, Jossey-Bass
Kill the Company: end the Status Quo, Start and Innovation Revolution, Lisa Bodell, Bibliomotion
Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations, Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, Harvard Business Review Press

These should satisfy that desire for reading! For the full article in Strategy+Business, go here:

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