37 Business and Strategy Books For 2011 [updated]
BY POPULAR DEMAND, HERE’S A LIST OF WHAT’S ON MY BOOK STACK FOR 2011!
On Jan 1st, we were discussing Books to read with fellow #usguys, and I tweeted a listing of the
30 or so 37 titles I have already set on my Kindle app for 2011. That’s a rather long list, and it’s actually not even finished – my plan is to read one a week, as recommended by @julien. Not as hard as you may think – that’s just about 40 pages a day, as most books average 300 pages these days.
Anyway – a lot of folks tweeted back saying it was a good list, and suggested I made of post of it… so here it is!
Now please, add your recommendations in the comments… I still need another
Blue Ocean Strategy
by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
A “classic” on strategy and innovation, recommended by PepsiCo’s former head of International Mike White. Sits high on my stack.
Brains on Fire [Finished and reviewed here]
by Robbin Phillips, Greg Cordell, Geno Church and Spike Jones
The one I started the year with, as recommended by Scott Stratten (@unmarketing), author of the excellent Un-Marketing, which would have made my list if I had not read it already.
Changing The Game
by David Edery and Ethan Mollick
You’ll notice a theme on “gamification” of business in my list… as Marketing guy and avid gamer, this is a theme I’m really interested in this year!
by Michael E. Porter
Need I say more?
Confessions of a Public Speaker
by Scott Berkun
Recommended in comments by David Cusack
by Ann Handley, CC Chapman and David Meerman Scott
Another recommendation by Scott (@unmarketing). That’s enough for me!
by Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos.com
This guys also has time to write books?? I really admire the success of Zappos, so curious to know more about Tony Hsieh’s story and ideas in this book.
The Dragonfly Effect
by Jennifer Aaker (@aaker) and Andy Smith (@kabbenbock)
This one was recommended by quite a large number of my Twitter followers. I’m told it’s a must to understand “movements”, and in particular their impact on social good.
by Brian Solis (@briansolis)
Yes, I know, I’m late to the party.
Good Boss, Bad Boss
by Robert I. Sutton
No particular reason to want to read this one, but the desire to improve as a manager and leader 🙂
by Bill Jensen and Josh Klein
I confess… the title really intrigued me; and the I read the subtitle – getting rid of the stupid rules at work. Now that’s for me!
I Live In The Future And Here’s How It Works
by Nick Bilton
Blame this one on Amazon smart recommendation engine. It kept appearing again, and again, and agin… sometime you just have to give in.
The Little Big Things
by Tom Peters
Once again, no particular need for an explanation there.
The Lords of Strategy
by Walter Kiechel
Recommended in comments by my friends Mick Doran and Sean McGinnis
by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
I have read many Tapscott books in the past, in particular Wikinomics, the prequel to the particular title. Amazing ideas. This one is an absolute must for anyone interested in modern economics, and collaboration.
Making Ideas Happen
by Scott Belsky, founder of the Behance network
I actually know Scott, and love his network, Behance – an amazing community and toolkit for creatives of any kind. I did not know until recently that he had written a book… I can’t wait to read it!
by Lisa Gansky
Another theme in my reading list – business through sharing and collaboration.
The Myths of Innovation
by Scot Berkun
Innovation and Myths! great, no? More seriously, the pitch here is to debunk pre-conceived ideas about innovation and the innovation process. Very interested!
The New Capitalist Manifesto
by Umair Haque
Recommended in comments by Ric Dragon
Real-Time Marketing and PR
by David Meerman Scott
I heard DM Scott (who also co-authored Content Rules) speak at the Future of Marketing micro-conference last year; I was quite interested by his idea of real-time marketing.
by Jason Fried and David H. Hansson
Another reco by Scott Stratten.
Seizing the White Space
by Mark W. Johnson
Another reco by Amazon!!!
by Bo Burlingham
Another reco by Scott!!!
Start With Why
by Simon Sinek
Recommended in comments by Chris Eh Young
by Chip and Dan Heath
Because I loved their previous title, Made to Stick!
Talent Is Overrated
by Geoff Colvin
Probably because my first instinct is to disagree with the title.
Talk Less, Say More
by Connie Dieken
Who here isn’t interested in being more influential and impactful?
by Michael J. Mauboussin
This feels a bit like Blink… I’ll tell you how it compares.
by Byron Reeves and J. Leighton Read
Another in the “gamification” theme – this time about using games to drive better engagement in the worplace.
by Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) and Julien Smith (@julien)
Now, this one is like Harry Potter to me… I have to know what the fuss is all about!
What Technology Wants
by Kevin Kelly
A close choice to “I’ve Seen the Future…” and “The Myths of Innovation”, in my innovation reading theme.
What Women Want
by Paco Underhill
What man wouldn’t want to read this book? Joke apart, this one comes from an expert in shopper marketing and looks at the most overlooked business opportunity for the next few years – marketing with real women insights.
Where Good Ideas Come From
by Steven Johnson
I’m really curious, I really wwant to know, don’t you? This is actually a history of ideas.
by Marty Neumeier
I love zaggers, challengers, those who go against the grain.
Not out yet, but “pre-ordered”…
Social Media ROI
by Olivier Blanchard (@thebrandbuilder)
Despite the very bad cover, I’m curious to read Olivier’s book, being a big fan of his thinking and his blog.
Reality Is Broken
by Jane McGonigal
Probably the leading expert in gaming for business. I CAN’T WAIT to read her book.
by Stephen Denny (@note_to_CMO)
Stephen actually reached out on Twitter to add his book to my list; as it’s about “10 strategies to topple the leader in your industry” – a theme you’ll understand why I’m interested in – and as I respect him a lot, I was very happy to comply 😉
OK, that’s it! Any adds?