HBR’s 10 Must Reads The Essentials – This complilation collects 10 articles that business leaders should readily consider–strategies for broad aspects of business. Each article is summarized in a side bar with the key points. This is handy as the articles are 20-30 pages in length. Drucker, Porter, Christensen are all present with topics covering leadership, innovation, strategy, analytics and more. Standout articles: Michael Porter’s “What is Strategy?” and John P. Kotter’s “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail”. If you have access to a good library, you should be able to find these articles, and with some effort, Google Scholar can dig them up.
Click by Ori and Rom Brafman – Ever wonder what causes people to click? Ori and Rom divulge five factors: vulnerability, proximity, resonance, similarity and shared adversity. Also, there are individuals who can adjust their temperament to their circumstance, which they call high self monitors. The book is a quick read, under 200 pages, and illustrates each point with well told stories.
Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman – Ever wonder what MBAs learn? Josh Kaufman distills key, critical and essential concepts and principles across all facets of business. From the hard numbers of accounting, fuzziness of marketing and organizational development to fluidity of strategy, each concept is summarized and provided an example. It’s not meant to be read straight through, it’s meant to be read as a reference, or perhaps a means to translate business lingo into something concrete and meaningful.
Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander – Across 12 points, uplifting and inspirational stories are used to tell the power of being inclusive, constructive, positive and seeking understanding. Definitely worth a reread to focus on doing good things and keeping a good mindset.