Archive for December 7th, 2004

Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card. 1994. ISBN 0812550706. A book that predates world thought leadership via the Internet, the net result of present game playing, and an introduction to a very prolific thoughtful writer. Good writing and his other books are well worth the time, and they are all different. You may also then enjoy. Ender’s Shadow, Speaker for the Dead, Hegemon, Xenocide as examples of ethical dilemmas set in the future.

From the publisher In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

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The Slow Pace of Fast Change. Bhaskar Chakravorti

The Slow Pace of Fast Change. Bhaskar Chakravorti. 2003. ISBN 157651780X. This is the seminal book for moving technology into markets. Chakravorti is a partner with Schwartz in the Monitor Group. Combining thoughts and analysis of major market innovations and non events, truth rings out from these pages. Using John Nash’s “beautiful mind’ theory of the equilibrium of social networks being composed of individuals who act out of personal self interest and expect all others to do the same, Chakravorti shows how “an individual” seeking to introduce a “disruptive” innovation must behave in order to succeed, else the system will react to preserve the status quo and negate his efforts. A tremendous complement to Innovators Solution and others, Chakravorti presents a thought process and intellectual methodology of working back from the desired endgame, in order to make the appropriate strategic decisions based on the application of serious game theory. A must have book, very readable and compelling. Brilliant.

The Art of the Long View. Peter Schwarz

The Art of the Long View. Peter Schwarz. 1991. ISBN0385267320. One of the books that could change your life. From 1982 to 1986, Peter headed scenario planning for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in London. His team conducted comprehensive analyses of the global business and political environment and worked with senior management to create successful strategies. Before joining Royal Dutch/Shell, Peter directed the Strategic Environment Center at SRI International. The Center researched the business milieu, life-styles, and consumer values, and conducted scenario planning for corporate and government clients. This his first book, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning and has been translated into multiple languages. very easy to read, it predicts three scenarios for 2005, that will likely knock you over. A library must have, it may be tough to obtain. He has however written several recent books.

Peter is the author of Inevitable Surprises (Gotham, 2003), a provocative look at the dynamic forces at play in the world today and their implications for business and society. He is also the co-author of The Long Boom (Perseus, 1999), a vision for the world characterized by global openness, prosperity, and discovery; When Good Companies Do Bad Things (Wiley, 1999), an examination of, and argument for, corporate social responsibility; and China’s Futures (Jossey-Bass, 2001), which describes several very different scenarios for China. He publishes and lectures widely and served as a script consultant on the films “Minority Report,” “Deep Impact,” “Sneakers,” and “War Games.” is quite a resource for managers wishing to get “A Longer View”.

The Art of the Long View

The Saint the Surfer and the CEO. Robin Sharma.

The Saint the Surfer and the CEO. Robin Sharma. 2003. ISBN1401900593 (Living your Hearts desires) Thanks to Kathy Troup for passing this book along. Very easy read but lots of depth as you read a “story” of how a young man came to realize how to get all that his life can offer. For those of us workaholics this is a good prescription to seek better balance. You just may like this book – great summer read.

Rich Dad – Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad – Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki. 1998. ISBN 0446677450.

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and listen to the audiotape that is free on the site. This books sparks lots of debate between friends, parents and spouses. Good read, and he makes too much sense. I bought a copy for each of my four sons.

Rich Dad – Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki. 1998. ISBN 0446677450.

Go the

and listen to the audiotape that is free on the site. This books sparks lots of debate between friends, parents and spouses. Good read, and he makes too much sense. I bought a copy for each of my four sons.

Cash Flow Quadrant. Robert T.Kiyosaki. 1999. ISBN 0446677477. Part II of the Rich Dad series.

This book shows us how owning your own business is just about the smartest thing you could ever do. Find out if you have whatt it takes to stop being a fully taxed employee. He advocates starting many businesses until you find what works for you. Easy read.

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The New Market Leaders. Fred Wiersema. Who’s winning and how in the battle for customers

The New Market Leaders. Fred Wiersema. 2003. ISBN 0743204662. The co-author of The Discipline of Market Leaders, Wiersema revisited and created a top 100 list of companies who have a proven ability to win the battle for customers. Most of the leaders you know are there, but there are many surprises as he studied over 5600 companies over the world to get to this list. This is a good book for your bookshelf as there is lots to take home from it. There are a few companies that did not survive the shake out, but surprisingly few, which validates his thorough methodology. A good theory into practise book with a very readable style. Good short travel book as well.

The New Market Leaders : Who's Winning and How in the Battle for Customers

Strategy as Destiny. Robt A. Burgelman

Strategy as Destiny. Robt A. Burgelman. 2002. ISBN 0684855542. An academic history of Intel strategy over 12 years. Moore,Grove and Barret’s use of strategy to build Intel and shape an industry. Something for everyone is in this book, but it is not for the faint of heart. Burgelman and Grove taught MBA classes together for 12 years and the theory is very well rooted in practise. The models are very well thought out as to the disparate strategies occurring simultaneously in a company and how to keep the chaos useful. Good for very long plane flights and absolutely essential if you intend to or are doing business with Intel. Its on cheap at the Book Warehouse. Else look for it at the library. Go for the extended loan!

The Goal. Eli Goldratt

The Goal. Eli Goldratt. 1984. ISBN 0884270610. A classic, but I reread it because it does such pragmatic job on change management. It was also one of the first “novels about business” example I had come across. Still a good read and certainly the parts about bringing pressures home and the havoc that wrecks on the personal realtionships in your life is all too true. Look beyond the focus on operations and see the value in processes that is pointed out. Worth a look and get it from any library.

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Change management research Millers Bolt. Thomas Stirr.

Change management research Millers Bolt. Thomas Stirr. 1997. ISBN 0201143798. A business fiction story on how a top notch manager was in danger of getting fired. His work was terrific, but his relationships with co-workers became increasingly antagonistic. This is a very practical book that cloaks learning about change management with entertainment. A very easy read and thoroughly enjoyable. You may want to keep it as it addresses the “soft” costs of running a business. Plus the characters are certainly quite realistic and up to date.

The Art of the Start. Guy Kawasaki.

The Art of the Start. Guy Kawasaki. ISBN 1591840562. 2004. So how many books by Guy have I read? 3-4 starting with the Macintosh Way. As is said, he has his fans and distractors. This is a very useful book, if only you read it for the art of pitching to investors, sales, and partners. There are many more gems here, in a fast readable impactful format. As someone said to me, the information is not harmful. Get this one for your library. Hear him at 

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