Only a select few projects deliver their purpose, meet their expected goals, achieve sustainable benefits, satisfy most stakeholders, meet their deadlines and stay within their original financial budget. So what is the secret? What can we learn from the thousands of failed projects? And how can we develop a framework or tool that guarantees, or at least significantly increases the chance of, project success?
Many of … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez | Subject: Project Management
“Every chapter of Horowitz’s no-holds-barred book offers hard-won lessons for the CEOs of startups and rapid-growth tech companies. Unlike the pablum that many business book authors deliver, this entrepreneur and VC (Horowitz is a co-founder of Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz) refuses to sanitize the story: for instance, he admits that CEOs often don’t have great choices and, instead, must find the least-worst option to … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Ben Horowitz | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management
This concise, handy guide is packed with quick tips on a broad range of topics, organized into three major skills every manager must master:
– Managing yourself
– Managing your team
– Managing your business
Drawing from HBR’s popular Management Tip of the Day, the book puts the best management practices and insights, from top thinkers in the field, right at your fingertips. Pick it up any time you … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Source: “Harvard Business Review” | Subject: Management
In 1996, having completed a two-year research study, longtime Economist journalists and editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge published The Witch Doctors, an explosive critique of management theory and its legions of evangelists and followers. The book became a bestseller, widely praised by reviewers and devoured by readers confused by the buzzwords and concepts the management “industry” creates. At the time, ideas about “reengineering,” “the … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Adrian Wooldridge | Subject: Management
By exploring measures that have transformed businesses, David Parmenter has developed a methodology that is breathtaking in its simplicity and yet profound in its impact. Now in an updated and expanded Second Edition, Key Performance Indicators is a proactive guide representing a significant shift in the way KPIs are developed and used, with an abundance of implementation tools, including:
– The four foundation stones that … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: David Parmenter | Subject: Management
Regardless of from which side of the desk one has experienced the rite known as the performance appraisal, there are many who will welcome the authors’ provocative proposal. Coens is an attorney and organizational trainer; Jenkins is a former human resources director at a division of General Motors. They acknowledge the countless books about performance appraisals and note that most suggest ways to make appraisal … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Mary Jenkins, Tom Coens | Subjects: Human Resources, Management, Organizational Behavior
There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Patrick M. Lencioni | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior
The small-business guru behind Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine teaches readers how to establish lasting commitment in their employees, customers, and businesses.
Why are some companies able to generate committed, long-term customers while others struggle to stay afloat? Why do the employees of some organizations fully dedicate themselves while others punch the clock without enthusiasm?
By studying the ins and outs of companies … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: John Jantsch | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior
That first mile—where an innovation moves from an idea on paper to the market—is often plagued by failure. In fact, less than one percent of ideas launched by big companies end up having real impact. The ideas aren’t the problem. It’s the process.
The First Mile focuses on the critical moment when an innovator moves from planning to reality. It is a perilous place where hidden … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Scott D. Anthony | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management
We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it.
That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen | Subjects: Career, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior
Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry.
Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Edgar H. Schein | Subjects: Leadership, Management, Personal Development
“Rough diamonds” are the best performing firms in the BRIC (Brazil-Russia-India-China) countries. These firms compare favorably with the top 500 firms and the top 25 manufacturing firms in their countries and comparable firms worldwide, exceeding them profit margins and return on assets over an extended time period. This book outlines who these firms are and explains their exemplary performance through the Four Cs for Sustaining … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Gerardo R. Ungson, Nan Zhou, Seung Ho Park | Subjects: International, Management
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Subjects: Management, Strategy
Josh Kaufman’s updated list of his 99 “personal MBA” books, categorized and with descriptions of each.
Content: Book | Author: Josh Kaufman | Source: “ChangeThis” | Subject: Management
Whether you’re newly-promoted into your first management role, an established veteran of the C-suite, or somewhere between, your most powerful skill as a leader is the ability to hold effective conversations.
After a promotion to a management or leadership role, most people struggle with how to leave behind former priorities and mindsets. Leadership Conversations defines and distinguishes the very different mindsets of management and leadership, and … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Alan S. Berson, Richard G. Stieglitz | Subjects: Career, Leadership, Management, Personal Development
If your company is like most, it has a handful of people who generate disproportionate quantities of value: A researcher creates products that bankroll the entire organization for decades. A manager spots consumer-spending patterns no one else sees and defines new market categories your enterprise can serve. A strategist anticipates global changes and correctly interprets their business implications. Companies’ competitiveness, even survival, increasingly hinge on … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Gareth Jones, Rob Goffee | Subjects: Human Resources, Management
From the bestselling coauthor of the business classic The Wisdom of Teams comes an all-new exploration of the modern workplace, and how leaders and managers must embrace it for success. Katzenbach and Khan examine how two distinct factions together form the bigger picture for how organizations actually work: the more defined “formal” organization of a company-the management structure, performance metrics, and processes-and the “informal”-the culture, … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Jon R. Katzenbach, Zia Khan | Subjects: Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior
Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?
The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Chip Heath, Dan Heath | Subjects: Change Management, Management, Organizational Behavior
Most managers assume that surviving, especially in recessions, requires slashing wages, benefits, and other workforce expenses. And lowest-skilled workers are often viewed as the most expendable.
In Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder, Jody Heymann overturns these assumptions. Drawing from thousands of interviews with employees from front line to C-suite at companies around the world, Heymann shows how enterprises have profited more by improving working … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Jody Heymann | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior
This tome reports the findings of a cross-sectional academic study of the leading business schools in the U.S. and Europe. The target audience for the book is deans of business schools and administrators of business programs, but the book is relevant for anyone interested in the evolution of management ideas and the way they are deployed. The authors address four broad themes: the need for … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Julian Birkinshaw | Subject: Management