January 30, 2006

News & Opinion: Books To Watch For - Spring '06

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:58 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

We did this last fall and thought you might enjoy another look at the season ahead.

So, here are the books we think you should be watching for in the first part of 2006.

  • The Number by Lee Eisenberg (1/06, Free Press) - If you have walked into any Barnes & Noble since New Year's it would have been impossible to miss this book. We think it is a great book. Eisenberg takes Gladwell-like look at the complexities of retirement. As I said in my prior post, this one had me on an emotional rollercoaster. It is a great book and one everyone should read.
  • The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman - The long-time Fast Company editor writes an amazing book on what drives Wal-Mart and how that drives our economy. He has firsthand accounts from employees who started some of the company's biggest businesses. He also talks with suppliers about what it is like to work with the retail giant. What Fishman does best is shed some light a company that the public really doesn't know much about.
  • Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Pat Lencioni (2/06, Jossey-Bass) - We have just started reading this one, but it is hard to bet against this author after the classics of Death by Meeting and Five Dysfunctions of A Team.
  • The Ultimate Question by Fred Reichheld (3/06, Harvard Business School Press) - Reichheld has been writing books on customer loyalty for a number of years. He has done the research to show that you can ditch all the 47 question satisfaction surveys and ask your customers one simple question - "Would you recommend us to someone else?"
  • The Radical Edge by Steve Farber (4/06, Kaplan) - Jack just got done reading the manuscript and he says he may like it more than Radical Leap. Many of the familiar characters are back. This time, it is about taking personal responsibility and living life on your terms.
  • Questions of Character by Joseph Badaracco (4/06, Harvard Business School Press) - The subtitle says it all -- "Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature". The book is based on a class taught by the author at Harvard Business School. He says that fiction offers a unique way to teach leadership. It is possible to truly know what the characters are thinking, versus learning tools such as interviews and case studies. I think it is brilliant.