Mar 15th, 2012 by marilyn
The lean startup : how today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses / Eric Ries.
“He explains that startups cannot use traditional planning an management tools because their product and customers are unknown. So, what else? Here he comes up with his Lean Startup Methodology – which is a scientific approach for creating and managing startups. Since the product and customer are not known, startups needs to develop a process of “validated learning” through which they can learn to build a sustainable business. This is different from learning through failure – which is a very expensive and wasteful process. Startups need to have a “Build-Measure-Learn” process and get continuous feedback from the market, so that they can decide whether to continue with the current plan or `pivot’ into other directions…I loved the concepts of `MVP’ – minimum viable product and `power of small batches’ which allow companies to be agile and experiment quickly without committing too much resources.” (Amazon reviewer)
The secrets of successful communication : a simple guide to effective encounters in business / Kevin T. McCarney.
“This concise book will help you realize where and why communication breakdown happens. Using our Big Brain means responding to situations by taking the time to think through just what our answer should be and responding. In stressful situations (especially when we’re time stressed) we switch to Little Brain mode and react to situations, usually basing our actions on emotions instead of thinking logically about the situation and then responding.” (Amazon reviewer)
Preventing stress in organizations : how to develop positive managers / Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Joanna Yarker, and Rachel Lewis.
“Work-related stress presents a major challenge to today’s organizations. Yet for such a widespread problem, surprisingly little guidance is available on developing stress prevention management skills – and even less is backed up by solid research.Preventing Stress in Organizations addresses this problem by presenting an accessible, evidence-based exploration of how managers can reduce and prevent stress in their staff. The authors introduce an innovative programme based on their own ongoing research study (for which they were awarded ‘Practitioner of the Year’ by the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology), along with other relevant theories and cutting-edge work from the field. After providing a broad introduction to the importance of work-related stress and its management, they reveal a unique set of ‘Positive Manager Behaviours’ – skills they have identified as critical to preventing stress and promoting a healthy, positive workplace. An in-depth discussion of these behaviours is supported by detailed case studies and practical exercises to facilitate real-world implementation.Preventing Stress in Organizations offers groundbreaking insights and invaluable hands-on skills to maintain and promote the health and well-being of individuals and organizations alike. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)
The rare find : spotting exceptional talent before everyone else / George Anders.
“An amazing look into companies and organizations where we all wish we could spend a day. The book is very well researched and informed. Anders takes us from Special Forces to Facebook and helps us see the correlation in productive talent picking. One does not need to be a corporate exec to appreciate the lessons…this book is about people. You won’t regret it.” (Amazon reviewer)
The art of managing professional services : insights from leaders of the world’s top firms / Maureen Broderick.
“I have read dozens and dozens of business books in my life, but only a few of them come close to this one. The author succeeds in sharing philosophies from a multitude of highly respected leaders in the Professional Services Industry. After reading her book I feel that I have gained incredibly valuable insights.. not from one person, but from many. I found the book to be an easy read. With my short attention span I often quit reading after chapter two, however with this book I just kept on reading till the end. In my opinion there are only two books on Professional Services management that’s worth reading. This one, and David Maister’s Managing the Professional Services Firm. I suggest you read both, however if you have time for one book only, start with this one. It’s more up-to-date and it’s easier to read”. (Amazon reviewer)
Breaking the fear barrier : how fear destroys companies from the inside out and what to do about it / Tom Rieger.“This book holds a wealth of information for those who are living, working, and breathing in the Corporate world. The author does a great job illustrating how fear within the ranks hinder productivity and growth at every level of a company and how to go about combating fear and its negative effects. The book is easy to read and the concepts are laid out simply. It is a lifeline to companies that are in trouble, giving them the much needed support to turn things around as well as a preemptive strike for those who are still thriving. I highly recommend it”. (Amazon reviewer)
Taking people with you : the only way to make big things happen / David Novak.
“A practical workbook to use beginning right now rather than a work of future theory…
There are lots of theoretical books from academics and consultants who want to persuade the world that their new idea is the way to go. And that’s fine. Some of them are truly wonderful and change the world. Most do not succeed and are almost immediately forgotten. This book by YUM! Brands CEO David Novak is a workbook on a program he has developed and personally used at his company since it was spun off from Pepsi fifteen years ago…This is NOT a book you read from beginning to end and mull over until you get to it someday, if ever. CEOs are often talked about as providing a vision for the organization. This book is a practical guide for any manager to figure out what the most important things are for them to get their team to do, and how to get your team, department, division, or company to see where you want to lead them, why they want to participate, what they can do to contribute, and why everyone has to be a part of the success.” (Amazon reviewer)