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“Business” touches us all, whether you are actively engaged in sales, marketing, investing, or starting a business. Just buying groceries involves you in business. The diversity of the business world is reflected in our choices for the best business books reviewed in Booklist between July 2013 and May 15, 2014.
Before Happiness. By Shawn Achor. 2013. Crown Business, $26 (9780770436735).
The concept here is fairly simple: that change is possible only when we link our lives to others. That positivity, in turn, results from applying five factors (which are enumerated here) to change your reality. The book is an extraordinarily compelling argument to actively work on changing mind-sets.
The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success. By Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack. 2013. Crown Business, $24 (9780307886675).
In this small but thought-provoking book, two organizational and leadership experts explain their thesis on the need for “contained chaos” in our personal and work lives so that new and creative ideas can emerge “out of nowhere.”
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation. By Blake J. Harris. 2014. HarperCollins/It, $28.99 (9780062276698).
This is a remarkably detailed and fast-paced book, pitting speedy Sonic against more-of-the-same Mario in a blow-by-blow account of the battle for supremacy in the burgeoning video-game industry.
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty. By Jerry Oppenheimer. 2013. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (9780312662110).
The author rivetingly chronicles five generations of the Johnson dynasty, from the three brothers who founded the world’s largest health-care business in 1888 through the high domestic drama of the subsequent generations.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. By Malcolm Gladwell. 2013. Little, Brown, $29 (9780316204361).
Gladwell examines and challenges our concepts of “advantage” and “disadvantage” in a way that may seem intuitive to some and surprising to others. As usual, he presents his research in a fresh and easy-to-understand context.
The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. By Ben Horowitz. 2014. HarperBusiness, $29.99 (9780062273208).
In this collection of blogs, loosely strung together and united in their varied perspective on start-ups, CEO-dom, and business in general, Horowitz imparts valuable insights on hard lessons he’s learned that apply to any manager, whether in the executive suite or not.
The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company. By Michael S. Malone. 2014. HarperBusiness, $34.99 (9780062226761).
The modern semiconductor industry grew out of a faction of dissenting employees of Fairchild Semiconductor often called the Traitorous Eight, who left to form Intel Inc., a risky start-up that was transformed into the most successful technology company of the computer age; this revolves around the three men who founded and led Intel throughout its first four decades.
The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems. By Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B. Rasmussen. 2014. Harvard Business, $28 (9781422191903).
The authors describe the time when a business and its executives know something’s wrong but can’t quite define it. They advocate “sensemaking,” and their strong, seductive arguments will sway the logic and process makers among us.
Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together. By Christine Comaford. 2013. Penguin/Portfolio, $26.95 (9781591846482).
Impressively, Comaford creates a concrete plan for corporate change (and growth and performance) without mentioning the actual word change; her presentation is very contemporary in tone and information.
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know. By Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey. 2014. NYU, $24.95 (9781479835454).
This book is filled with street-smart advice and plain old savvy about the way life works in corporate America as the authors provide an insightful guide for women who want to break through the glass ceiling.
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