Archive for the 'Management' Category

Black Box Thinking. The surprising truth about success. Matthew Syed.

Black Box Thinking. The surprising truth about success and why some people never learn from their mistakes. . Matthew Syed. .  2015.  ISBN 9781473613775.  A very insightful book.  Ever wonder why airflight really learns from mistakes, while healthcare continues to make deathly mistakes every year ( despite tremendous leaps forward in medicine). You will be inspired and then dismayed by Syed’s book.  If you are any way involved in innovation, total quality, best practices and group productivity, this is a  book you need to read.  Funding/controlling bodies for institutions such as healthcare, governance, the legal system need to also read this book and act on it.  A compelling well written book.  Good for a four hour plane ride ,there and  back

how to kill a unicorn. How the world’s hottest innovation factory builds bold ideas that make it to market. Mark Payne.

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how to kill a unicorn. How the world’s hottest innovation factory builds bold ideas that make it to market. Mark Payne.2014. ISBN 9780804138734.   I really took my time with this book as it contains the kernel of how Fahrenheit 212 works.   It is easily one of the better innovation books on the market., right up there with Ed Cattmull’s,  Creativity Inc.    Payne explains exactly how they and you can follow their experience in getting to those breakthrough great ideas.  Key to it is their goal/ belief, ” Its more than great products, it’s  great businesses with products igniting them. ‘   A good cross  country read , that I am sure you will go back to many times to refresh your thoughts. The book  is applicable to all businesses.  Its also a concise, easy to read book.

The Lean CEO. Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. Jacob Stoller.

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The Lean CEO. Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. Jacob Stoller.   2015. ISBN 9780071833073.  This is the missing  book that puts together the plethora of lean successes across industries , public sector and geographies.  You will learn not only where Lean came from ( Deming and much more) , but how successful it has been in some many sectors and why it has not been more widely adopted in N America.  For tech companies after the Lean Startup you must  become the lean grownup to survive and grow. This book will help point the way.  Clearly written with  lots of examples makes this an engrossing book. Well worth anyone’s time to sit down and read it.

Contrepreneurs. Diane Francis.

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Contrepreneurs. Diane Francis. 1988. ISBN 0771599153.  Yes this is an older book, but the names of some of these blatant crooks seem to still pop up from time to time. This is the book that launched Diane Francis career of exposing the dirty underbelly of stock markets, banking, corruption and money laundering that still finds a home on Canada with these white collar criminals , who still remain at large and untouched. .  She has since become the author who details where the money and power is located in just a few powerful hands.  I recommend this book on the  Canadian stock markets as these tricks still continue. albeit with different players.

Innovation Thinking Methods. Disciplines of Thought That Can Help You Rethink Industries and Unlock 10X Better Solutions. Osama A Hashmi.

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Innovation Thinking Methods. Disciplines of Thought That Can Help You Rethink Industries and Unlock 10X Better Solutions. Osama A Hashmi. 2016.  The author is quite experienced in this area ( Successful entrepreneur in Seattle WA).  He  has really thought this out and  does a good job of covering various ways to “think” innovatively.  I read this in just a few readings because it flows well.  His style allows you to experience and  then add  each method to your own library of tactics.  This should be required reading for product managers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in all areas. Would be a great book at the college level as well as in teacher education.

From Impossible to Inevitable. How Hypergrowth Companies Create Predictable Revenue. Aaron Ross and Jason Lumkin

From Impossible to Inevitable.  How Hypergrowth Companies Create Predictable Revenue. Aaron Ross and Jason Lumkin. 2016. ISBN  9781119166733.  Aaron is the author of Predictable Revenue, one of my favorite lead gen books. Together with his co author they have created the go to book for building your company. Its framed around a SaaS firm, but the approach has very broad application.  Aaron sent me a review copy and I liked it so much  that within five chapters I bought two copies for my salesmen sons.  I could not help but see myself in many of the pages with my career experiences. None of the material is wasted and it all builds from sales and lead gen so that every department has a share in growing the company.  His rules of thumb are quite accurate and well worth keeping in mind.  This is a book that comes form people that have done this and they pull no punches in telling it as it is.   This is a must buy book if you are serious about building your company ( and yourself)

Sales Management. Brian Tracy.

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Sales Management. Brian Tracy. 2015. ISBN 9780814436295. A  recent addition to Amacom‘s Brian Tracy Success Library. These are little books that fit nicely in your briefcase for easy reference. I am sure the active salesmanager will turn to this book over and over. Tracy has the ability to really boil down the content to what is the true kernel of actionable information.  I make notes on the books I read and despite this books concise nature, I made voluminous notes.   An essential for the sales managers library and it will be very well used as you grow the sales teams performance

Destress To Success. Solving stress and winning big in relationships, wealth and life itself. Leo Willcocks.

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Destress To Success. Solving stress and winning big in relationships, wealth and life itself. Leo Willcocks. 2013.  This book surprised me. It was well written, clear with a delightful non judgmental tone to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it  to the point that I read it in two sittings. The author is able to take any example and make a very clear learning point out of it.

Lately I am measuring authors how much depth they bring to the topic,  how clearly they articulate their points and the applicability to real issues.  I am just tired of convoluted prose that in the end makes me feel stupid.

This book is a real star and one I highly recommend.  Its useful in your personal and professional life.  I just wish I had read it 35 years ago.  Great for a 3 hr plane ride – read it twice – ire also on the return trip.

Scrum.. The art of doing twice the work in half the time. Jeff Sutherland

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Scrum. The art of doing twice the work in half the time. Jeff Sutherland. 2014. ISBN 978038534645.  The author was the co creator of SCRUM.  He has had a fascinating career and a major impact on how software projects are managed today.  This book is one pat about SCRUM and another part about how it can be applied (and is applied) to any team based endeavor. It is clear, concise and fascinating.  I read it in one sitting, so it is a good four plane ride book.  A very good book for leaders who want to make productive changes in their organization.

Zero to One. Notes on startups, or now to build the future. Peter Thiel.

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Zero to One. Notes on startups, or now to build the future. Peter Thiel.2014. ISBN 9780804139298.  When a founder of Paypal and a core member of the Paypal mafia writes a book like this, you take note.   It was been touted in the much of the press, and it deserves to be.  I found myself agreeing with the author time after time.  His approaches to education,  investing, technology, and a myriad of other  interrelated topics  showed to be a very insightful mind and someone to learn from. This book is compiled from a series of lectures given on start ups  at Stanford, thus each chapter has been well thought through and distilled to an easy to assimilate essence. I especially enjoyed his power laws

A great book for every CEO to take note of