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Friedman, consultant on human motivation, reports that the more invested people are in their work, the more successful their organization is on a variety of levels. He presents many valuable ideas and lessons in that regard, including those arising from a hostage negotiation and how to motivate top performance. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Simon & Schuster, $26 (9781476709567).
The authors offer entrepreneurs access to exponential tools and technologies to realize wealth in this manual designed to aid today’s big thinkers in becoming tomorrow’s bold leaders, using crowd-powered tools accessible to everyone. Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism. By Bartow J. Elmore. Norton, $27.95 (9780393241129).
“Coca-Cola capitalism” as a corporate strategy—keeping the secret formula but outsourcing all the risk to suppliers and franchisers—has been so successful that other soft-drink makers, fast-food companies, and software firms have followed. Elmore takes a riveting look at the origins and success of Coca-Cola. Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive. By Edward M. Hallowell. Harvard Business Review, $26 (9781422186411).
The current workplace expectation of doing more with fewer resources is putting additional pressure on workers, leading to longer hours, multitasking, and inability to effectively focus on tasks. Readers who feel that the distractions of work and life are causing them to be less productive at work may be interested to learn how to improve focus from this practical, encouraging guide. Economics: The User’s Guide. By Ha-Joon Chang. Bloomsbury, $30 (9781620408124).
In an excellent primer written for the college-educated reader, the author sets out to show how to think rather than what to think. The book follows efforts by some academics to seek a readership market beyond the classroom.God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. By Gerald Posner. Simon & Schuster, $30 (9781416576570); e-book (9781439109861).
Posner sifted through thousands of government papers, court records, and private-company documents scattered around the world to piece together this remarkably taut exposé, which will captivate those who prefer their historical nonfiction spiked with real-life tales of murder, power, and intrigue. Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement. By Peter T. Coleman and Robert Ferguson. Houghton, $26 (9780544148390).
This is an excellent workbook-like guide based on the authors’ seven strategies for dealing with conflict, all underscored by the book’s general purpose: “know yourself better in conflict.”Never Be Closing: How to Sell Better without Screwing Your Clients, Your Colleagues, or Yourself. By Tim Hurson and Tim Dunne. Portfolio, $27.95 (9781591846765).
Hurson and Dunne have produced an intelligent, easy-to-understand guide from which professional and novice sales folks alike will gain a great deal of information and comfort. Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economics Have Damaged America and the World. By Jeff Madrick, Knopf, $26.95 (9780307961181).
Financial journalist Madrick draws on the works of several well-regarded economists, including John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman, to examine the shortcomings of contemporary economics in a highly accessible look at the dismal “science” of economics and why it’s important to understand the philosophy behind that science. Zero to One: Notes on Startups; or, How to Build the Future. By Peter Thiel and Blake Masters. Crown Business, $27 (9780804139298).
A self-professed contrarian and proud of it, PayPal cofounder Thiel riffs on a series of his lectures given at Stanford. His major contention? That copycats are not what America needs; he calls for, instead, those entrepreneurs who’ll challenge convention and build a different, better world.
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