Business Book Club
Luck by Ed Smith.
(Bloomsbury, London, 2012, RRP$35.00)
It’s fashionable to talk about the connection between sport and business at the moment. Luck, however, doesn’t hold such pretensions. It’s basically about, well, luck.
Like a Virgin by Richard Branson.
(Virgin Books, London, 2012, RRP$32.95)
You have to admire Richard Branson. Here’s someone who just doesn’t fit the mould.
Be Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz, with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy
(Simon & Schuster, London, 2010, 334pp, RRP$29.95)
Here’s a nifty little book. You may have heard some of it before, but Schwartz and his collaborators have put the best management thinking – both old and new – into a very practical volume.
Sustainagility: How Innovation and Agility Will Save the World by Patrick Dixon and Johan Gorecki
(Kogan Page, London, 2010, 212pp, RRP$29.95)
If you want to get anything out of this book, you’ll need to get over two things: The dreadful title and the assumptions of the authors.
The Decisive Moment: How the brain makes up its mind by Jonah Lehrer
(Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2010, 294pp, RRP$29.99)
Here’s a book that tells us what we already know: We often make decisions without thinking.
Iconoclast, by Gregory Berns
(Harvard Business Press, 2010, 250pp, RRP$29.99)
According to author Gregory Berns, an iconoclast is a person who does something that others say can’t be done.
The Big Book of Small Business by Andrew Griffiths
(Allen & Unwin, 2011, 368pp, RRP$35)
I first picked up an Andrew Griffiths book five years ago in tropical north Queensland. It was the only business book in the Port Douglas bookshop.
Boomerang by Michael Lewis
(Allen Lane, UK, 2011, RRP$40)
Michael Lewis’ earlier book, The Big Short, was a widely acclaimed, definitive book on the sub-prime crisis and everything that followed.
Managing by Henry Mintzberg
(Prentice Hall, UK, 2011, RRP$24.95)
“One damn thing after another.” For many a manager, that tidily sums up what they do.
Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T Hansen
(Random House, RRP$45)
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