January 11, 2006
News & Opinion: Blogging on Business Books
There has been a lot of talk on the business book scene that I thought I should direct you to.
Robert Scoble thinks most business books suck. Obviously, I am a little partial to the subject, but I think walking into a bookstore and deciding what you are going to read based on what is on the shelves is a bit like walking into a grocery store and deciding what to eat based on what is on their shelves. Neither is going to give you a very good diet. Sure there are good things, but you need to know what you are looking for. (Robert has a book coming out at the end of the month - Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk With Customers.)
Tom Peters thinks the best book of 2005 is Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Now, the book is published in 2002, but he thinks it is still the only book on how to systematically get things done. Tom has been doing alot of reading and writing over the last six weeks. Here are some of the other books he has suggested:
- Prime Solution: Close the Value Gap, Increase Margins, and Win the Complex Sales by Jeff Thull
- To Be of Use: The Seven Seeds of Meaningful Work by Dave Smith (of Smith and Hawken fame)
- Creative Company: How St. Luke's Became "the Ad Agency to End All Ad Agencies" by Andy Law
- Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
- Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.