May 8, 2006
News & Opinion: WSJ Recommended Reading: Build and Expand Your Business
In today's special section of the Wall Street Journal, the topic is small business. Writer Sarah Needleman asks Container Store CEO Kip Tindell what he would recommend for your reading list.
Tindell says that Co-Opetition is:
"probably the best business book I've ever read. It talks about not being typical, paranoid business people, but rather looking for ways that your competitors and you can cooperate to strengthen both your businesses. We've followed some of the principals in this book by putting our stores right next to some of our competitors. It makes the shopping center a stronger draw."
Here is his complete list:
- Minding The Store: A Memoir by Stenley Marcus
- Co-Opetition: 1. A Revolutionary Mindset That Combines Competition and Cooperation 2. The Game Theory Strategy That's Changing the Game of Business by Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff
- Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends On It by Al Ries
- Discovering The Soul of Service: The Nine Drivers of Sustainable Business Success by Leonard Berry
- A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World by Peter Tertzakian
- Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity by Steven F. Hayward
- Appetite for Life: A Biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch
- It's a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra
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.