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Tag Archive for ‘Management’

The Lean Startup—an indispensable guide for entrepreneurs

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries @@@@ (4 out of 5) Bloomberg reports that 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months — and most big, established companies have trouble generating truly innovative new products. So, the process of introducing innovation to… Read More ›

The problem-solvers who won World War II

Engineers of Victory: The Problem-Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War, by Paul Kennedy @@@@@ (5 out of 5) What use is history? This question has been kicked around for centuries, but I’m not certain that those who venture opinions about it have bothered to ask a follow-up question: What do you mean… Read More ›

Self-help gurus get their comeuppance from Christopher Buckley

God Is My Broker: A Monk-Tycoon Reveals the 7-1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth, by Christopher Buckley and John Tierney @@@@@ (5 out of 5) At his best, Christopher Buckley writes breathtakingly hilarious novels. God Is My Broker is one of them. However, if you’re a devotee of Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Dale Carnegie,… Read More ›

The true story of Ben & Jerry’s fight to build a responsible company

Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s, by Brad Edmondson @@@@@ (5 out of 5) One of my most vivid memories of the dozens of Social Venture Network (SVN) conferences I’ve attended over the years was seeing Ben Cohen walking into the dining hall in 2000, in tears over the… Read More ›

Mindfulness at school, in sports, on the job, and in leadership

A review of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, by Daniel Goleman @@@ (3 out of 5) Daniel Goleman returned to Berkeley not long ago to speak to a large and enthusiastic audience at International House about the themes in his new book, Focus. Though he’d spent only his junior year as an undergraduate at… Read More ›

Why do successful firms fail?

A review of The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton Christensen @@@ (3 out of 5) Chances are, you’re reading this review on an example of disruptive technology. An iPhone or other smartphone. An iPad or a notebook computer. Or simply a laptop. Every one of these devices turned… Read More ›

Why I hate

A review of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone @@@@ (4 out of 5) I confess: I read this book on my Kindle — my eighth Kindle, no less! — and of course I bought the book from As I have practically every other book I’ve read… Read More ›

When America was united in common purpose

A review of Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, by Arthur Herman @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Since I was born six months before the U.S. entry into World War II, I grew up familiar with a long list of names — little-heard now, more than half a century later —… Read More ›

My top five books about business (plus 25 others)

Of the dozens of books about business that I’ve read during the three-and-a-half years since I launched this blog, five books stand out. They remain fresh in my mind, and the lessons they teach continue to illuminate the path as I make my way through the thickets of the business world in all its dimensions,… Read More ›

The coming Big Data revolution

A review of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schoeneberger and Kenneth Cukier. @@@@ (4 out of 5). An overview of the computer-based phenomenon that is playing an ever-larger role in our lives, our work, and our future, written by two world-class authorities in the field.