List of Popular Books on Business and Management

List of Popular Books on Business and Management

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Title: Concept of the Corporation

<p><b>Concept of the Corporation</b> was the first study ever of the constitution, structure, and internal dynamics of a major business enterprise. Basing his work on a two-year analysis of the company done during the closing years of World War II, Drucker looks at the General Motors managerial organization from within. He tries to understand what makes the company work so effectively, what its core principles are, and how they contribute to its successes. The themes this volume addresses go far beyond the business corporation, into a consideration of the dynamics of the so-called corporate state itself.</p> <p>When the book initially appeared, General Motors managers rejected it as unfairly critical and antibusiness. Yet, the GM concept of the corporation and its principles of organization later became models for organizations worldwide. Not only businesses, but also government agencies, research laboratories, hospitals, and universities have found in <b>Concept of the Corporation</b> a basis for effective organization and management.</p> <p>Because it offers a fundamental theory of corporate goals, this book is a valuable resource for business professionals and organization analysts. It will also be of interest to students and professionals in economics, public administration, and political science. Professional and technical readers who admire Peter Drucker’s work will want to be certain this volume is in their personal library. At a time when everything from the size to the structure of corporations is being questioned, this classic should prove a valuable guide.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781560006251
Pages: 360
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Title: Adventures of a Bystander

This book reflects Drucker's vitality, infinite curiosity, and interest in people, ideas, and the force behind them. His book is a personal and informal account of the rich life of an independent man of letters, a life that spans eight decades and two continents. He writes with wit and spirit about people he has encountered, including Sigmund Freud, Henry Luce, Alfred Sloan, John L. Lewis, and Marshal McLuhan.

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781560007388
Pages: 360
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Title: Empowerment Takes More than a Minute 2 Ed

<p>"Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute" explains that empowerment is not "giving power to people." Rather, it is "releasing the knowledge, experience, and motivation they already have."</p> <p>Drawing on ten years of research and consultation with a wide variety of leading companies, the coauthor of the One Minute Manager series joins forces with a motivational speaker and an internationally known management educator and consultant to identify three keys to making empowerment work in organizations--both large and small. 14 charts. </p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9781576751534
Pages: 135
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Title: The 3 Keys to Empowerment: Release the Power Within People for Astonishing Results

<p>"Empowerment" can be a mind-numbing topic, but in The 3 Keys to Empowerment, Ken Blanchard and his coauthors use concrete examples, a Q&amp;A format, case histories, and entertaining sidebars to keep the discussion lively. The authors show that empowerment is not about giving people power, it's about releasing the power they already have.</p> <p>Expands on three main keys to empowering others, focusing on the idea that empowerment is simply a way of releasing the power people already have inside them. Hands-on guide for managers to create a culture of empowerment in the workplace, providing a set of actions and issues that arise during all stages of the quest for empowerment. </p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9781576751602
Pages: 298
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Title: The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action

The market for business knowledge is booming, as companies looking to improve their performance pour billions of dollars into training programs, consultants, and executive education. Why, then, are there so many gaps between what firms know they should do and what they actually do? Why do so many companies fail to implement the experience and insight they've worked so hard to acquire? The Knowing-Doing Gap is the first book to confront the challenge of turning knowledge about how to improve performance into actions that produce measurable results.

Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, well-known authors and teachers, identify the causes of the knowing-doing gap and explain how to close it. The message is clear-firms that turn knowledge into action avoid the "smart talk trap." Executives must use plans, analysis, meetings, and presentations to inspire deeds, not as substitutes for action. Companies that act on their knowledge also eliminate fear, abolish destructive internal competition, measure what matters, and promote leaders who understand the work people do in their firms. The authors use examples from dozens of firms that show how some overcome the knowing-doing gap, why others try but fail, and how still others avoid the gap in the first place.

The Knowing-Doing Gap is sure to resonate with executives everywhere who struggle daily to make their firms both know and do what they know. It is a refreshingly candid, useful, and realistic guide for improving performance in today's business.

Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton Close The Knowing-Doing Gap and Win Management General's Management "Book Of The Year" for 2000
The Knowing-Doing Gap shows how insincere talk, faulty memory, irrational fear, misguided measurement, and errant internal competition can block companies from taking good things they already know and converting them into things they can do-now! The book is brash, fiery in its opinions and phrasings, willing to impose "tough love" on managers who may be too easily content with high-gloss yet merely cosmetic fads. Pfeffer and Sutton close the knowing-doing gap; open their book and you can too!"

Management General, December 2000

Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9781578511242
Pages: 336
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Title: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future

In today's über-competitive climate, you can't just wing it when you graduate and count on finding a great job (or a great job finding you). It pays to figure out your interests early, so you can decide what additional schooling—and tuition debt—makes sense for your chosen field. In What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, career authorities Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles not only help you plan for these decisions, but also help you define the unique passions that will lead you to your dream job. With new chapters on social media and sustainable jobs—along with all-new profiles of twentysomethings who've found work in solar energy, magazine writing, and more—this new edition has all the nitty-gritty details you need to get started now. Most importantly, it's packed with the big-picture advice that will set you up to land the job that's perfect for who you are—and who you want to be.

Author(s): Christen, Carol , Bolles, Richard N. , Blomquist, Jean M.
ISBN 13: 9781580081412
Pages: 192
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Title: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future

Today's economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there's still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the world's best-selling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement offers both a holistic, big-picture look at these years as well as practical tools and exercises to help you build a life full of security, vitality, and community.

This second edition contains updates throughout, including a section on Social Security, an in-depth exercise on values and how they inform your retirement map, and the one-of-a-kind resource for organizing the sea of information on finances and mental and physical health: the Retirement Well-Being Profile. More than a guide on where to live, how to stay active, or which investments to choose, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement helps you develop a detailed picture of your ideal retirement, so that-whether you're planning retirement or are there already-you can take a comprehensive approach to make the most of these vital years.

Author(s): Nelson, John E. , Bolles, Richard N.
ISBN 13: 9781580082051
Pages: 288
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Title: The Career Counselor's Handbook

With more than sixty-five combined years of experience in the career development field, Howard Figler and Richard Nelson Bolles are the undisputed authorities when it comes to helping people find meaningful work. In this revised and updated second edition of their classic guide for career counselors, Figler and Bolles show aspiring counselors how to break into the business, and give experienced counselors ideas for improving effectiveness and recharging their practice. Outlining tools, problem-solving tips, and ethical values for today's career counselor, The Career Counselor's Handbook features new information about performing the Annual Career Checkup, choosing Essence over Ego, and using the Internet-while celebrating the fact that even career counselors need counsel once in a while.

About the Author:
Howard Figler, Ph.D., was formerly the career center director at the University of Texas at Austin and director of counseling at Dickinson College

Author(s): Richard N. Bolles
ISBN 13: 9781580088701
Pages: 320
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Title: The Last of All Possible Worlds and The Temptation to Do Good

The Temptation to Do Good tells the story of Father Heinz Zimmerman, the well-regarded president of an American Catholic university.
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781589881082
Pages: 348
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Title: Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

Does your family need a five-star general at the helm? A psychologist? A referee? Ken Blanchard, best-selling co-author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus, points to a better role model: the Son of God. Joined by veteran parents and authors Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer, renowned business mentor Blanchard shows how every family member benefits when parents take the reins as servant-leaders. Moms and dads will see themselves in a whole new light—as life-changers who get their example, strength, and joy from following Jesus at home. This user-friendly book’s practical principles and personal stories mark the path to a truly Christ-centered family, where integrity, love, grace, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness make all the difference. Tyndale House Publishers

Author(s): Tricia Goyer
ISBN 13: 9781589977204
Pages: 208
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Title: The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

Whether challenged with taking on a startup, turning a business around, or inheriting a high-performing unit, a new leader's success or failure is determined within the first 90 days on the job.

In this hands-on guide, Michael Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions, offers proven strategies for moving successfully into a new role at any point in one's career. The First 90 Days provides a framework for transition acceleration that will help leaders diagnose their situations, craft winning transition strategies, and take charge quickly.

Practical examples illustrate how to learn about new organizations, build teams, create coalitions, secure early wins, and lay the foundation for longer-term success. In addition, Watkins provides strategies for avoiding the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter, and shows how individuals can protect themselves-emotionally as well as professionally-during what is often an intense and vulnerable period.

Concise and actionable, this is the survival guide no new leader should be without.

Author(s): Michael Watkins
ISBN 13: 9781591391104
Pages: 208
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Title: Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role

"This book can help the recently promoted cope with those frightening career moments that arise as soon as you get what you're after." -BookPage

Whether you are succeeding a much-admired boss or charged with implementing sweeping, potentially unsettling change initiatives, a new role is fraught with obstacles. To ensure that your first steps in a new job will lead to enduring success, Right from the Start lays out an action-oriented framework to follow during the early months of a transition. Dan Ciampa and Michael D. Watkins prepare you for the often-treacherous task of navigating an organization's strategy, politics, and culture so that you can smoothly and effectively get to work on your new agenda. Right from the Start combines this tactical advice with absorbing profiles of CEOs, COOs, and EVPs who candidly discuss their experiences—the successes and the failures—with transitioning to a new leadership role.

Author Biography:

Dan Ciampa is an adviser to leaders moving into new positions and on creating a culture that sustains new technology and operational improvements. Michael D. Watkins is the founder of Genesis Advisers, a leadership and strategy consultancy. Watkins is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels.

Author(s): Dan Ciampa
ISBN 13: 9781591397922
Pages: 316
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Title: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management

A Better Way to Separate Sound Management Ideas from Seductive Hype The best organizations have the best talent. . . Financial incentives drive company performance. . . Firms must change or die. Popular axioms like these drive business decisions every day. Yet too much common management "wisdom" isn’t wise at all-but, instead, flawed knowledge based on "best practices" that are actually poor, incomplete, or outright obsolete. Worse, legions of managers use this dubious knowledge to make decisions that are hazardous to organizational health. Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton show how companies can bolster performance and trump the competition through evidence-based management, an approach to decision-making and action that is driven by hard facts rather than half-truths or hype. This book guides managers in using this approach to dismantle six widely held-but ultimately flawed-management beliefs in core areas including leadership, strategy, change, talent, financial incentives, and work-life balance. The authors show managers how to find and apply the best practices for their companies, rather than blindly copy what seems to have worked elsewhere. This practical and candid book challenges leaders to commit to evidence-based management as a way of organizational life - and shows how to finally turn this common sense into common practice.

2006 'Best Of' lists:

  • Advertising Age: Ten Books You Should Have Read in 2006
  • Strategy+Business: Best Business Books of 2006 - Management category
  • Globe and Mail: Managing Books Top Ten of 2006
  • Financial Review: Top 50 Management Books for 2006
  • Globe and Mail - 2006 Best Business Book of the Year

Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9781591398622
Pages: 276
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Title: The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Managers at All Levels

More than 250,000 public sector managers in the United States take on new positions each year and many more aspire to leadership. Each will confront special challenges from higher public profiles to a greater number of stakeholders to volatile political environments that will make their transitions even more challenging than in the business world. Now Michael Watkins, author of the bestselling book The First 90 Days, applies his proven leadership transition framework to the public sector. Watkins and coauthor Peter Daly address the crucial differences between the private and public sectors that go to the heart of how success and failure are defined, measured, and rewarded or penalized.

This concise, practical book provides a roadmap that will help new government leaders at all levels accelerate their transitions by overcoming nine transition challenges, ranging from clarifying expectations to defining goals to building a team to managing personal stress. The authors also offer detailed strategies for avoiding major transition traps.

Zeroing in on the challenges faced by new government leaders, The First 90 Days in Government is the indispensable guide for anyone seeking to lead and succeed in the public sector.

Author(s): Peter H. Daly
ISBN 13: 9781591399551
Pages: 272
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Title: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

"Dilbert creator Scott Adams offers his most personal book ever--a ... memoir of his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success. Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the game plan he’s followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares how he turned one failure after another—including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants—into something good and lasting. There’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance: • Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners. • “Passion” is bull. What you need is personal energy. • A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable. • You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others. Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: “This is a story of one person’s unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me.”
Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9781591847748
Pages: 256
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Title: The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society

The closing decades of the twentieth century have been characterized as a period of disruption and discontinuity in which the structure and meaning of economy, polity, and society have been radically altered. In this volume, Drucker focuses with great clarity and perception on the forces of change that are transforming the economic landscape and creating tomorrow's society.

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781560006183
Pages: 436
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Title: The End Of Economic Man

<p>In this long recognized cornerstone work, Drucker explains and interprets fascism and Nazism as fundamental revolutions. It is a social and political effort to explain the subjective consequences of the social upheavals caused by warfare. This work was singled out for praise in both sides of the Atlantic, and is considered by the author to be his most prescient effort in social history. The New York Times calls it "�a challenging and penetrating analytical study of the totalitarian state."</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781560006213
Pages: 312
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Title: The New Society

<p>Drucker analyzes large business enterprises, governments, labor unions, and the place of the individual within the social context of these institutions. Although written when the industrial society he describes was at its peak of productivity, Drucker's basic conceptual frame has well stood the test of time.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9781560006244
Pages: 382
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Title: Everybody Matters

And everyone stops counting the minutes until it's time to go home. This book chronicles Chapman's journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration.
Author(s): Bob Chapman
ISBN 13: 9781591847793
Pages: 272
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Title: America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

A tour de force of historical reportage, America’s Bank illuminates the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle that it was ever established. For nearly a century, America, alone among developed nations, refused to consider any central or organizing agency in its financial system. Americans’ mistrust of big government......
Author(s): Roger Lowenstein
ISBN 13: 9781594205491
Pages: 368
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Title: Reclaiming Conversation

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity --and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.
Author(s): Sherry Turkle
ISBN 13: 9781594205552
Pages: 448
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Title: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment—and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

Author(s): Daniel H. Pink
ISBN 13: 9781594481710
Pages: 288
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Title: Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need

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There’s never been a career guide like The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). Told in manga—the Japanese comic book format that’s an international sensation—it’s the fully illustrated story of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job.

Johnny Bunko is new to the Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early months as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to rethink his approach. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work. A groundbreaking guide to surviving and flourishing in any career, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is smart, engaging and insightful, and offers practical advice for anyone looking for a life of rewarding work.

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Author(s): Daniel H. Pink
ISBN 13: 9781594482915
Pages: 160
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Title: Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:

*Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives
*Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters
*Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

Author(s): Daniel H. Pink
ISBN 13: 9781594484803
Pages: 272
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Title: To Sell Is Human

Author(s): Daniel H. Pink
ISBN 13: 9781594631900
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