August 25, 2008
News & Opinion: Bunches of Business Book Recommendations
There has been quite a run in the blogosphere in the last two weeks with people recommending business books.
Josh Kauffman may have started this tidal wave with his updated 2008 version of The Personal MBA. His list is 77 books long with the mantra "skip b-school and the $100,000 loan: you can get a world-class business education simply by reading these books."
BusinessPundit followed with their 25 Best Business Books Ever post, placing Adam Smith at #25 and In Search of Excellence at the top spot.
For The Best Business Book of 2008 (so Far), Marketing & Strategy Innovation Blog directs people to The Opposable Mind, Presentation Zen, Rain Making, Groundswell, Senior Leadership Teams and Brain Rules.
And then people started finding old lists to highlight. A "Business Book" hit on tweetscan directed me to a October 2007 post at Newly Corporate titled "15 Books For Rogue Professionals and How To Read Them At No Cost." Their no-cost solution is the library, and they recommend everything from Carnegie to Chris Anderson to China Inc.
- Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute
- First, Break All The Rules by Buckingham and Coffman
- The Thin Book of Naming Elephants by Hammond
- Getting to Yes by Fisher
- Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Lencioni
- Crucial Conversations by Patterson
- Cultivating Careers by Cynthia Golden
- We Are Smarter Than Me by Libert and Spector
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.