As 2010 comes to a close all means of the “Best of” lists are certain to arise in your favorite circles. Whether it’s best ice cream flavors, green idea, news stories, remixes, political figures, hospitals, celebrities, musicians, Internet trends, automobiles or my personal favorite books, the lists will surely arrive. To get you in the mood our friends at Booz & Company’s Strategy + Business magazine have delivered their 2010 Best Business Books list (slightly ahead of the holidays—just sayin’) Here’s are the nominees:
Slapped By The Invisible Hand: The Panic of 2007 – Gary B. Gordon
Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance – Boris Groysberg
Reflections on Leadership and Career Development – Manfred F.R. Ket de Vries
Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face – Richard S. Tedlow
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson
The Power of Positive Deviance – Richard T. Pascale et. al.
Country Driving – Peter Hessler
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition – Daniel Okrent
A wide ranging group of other authors get a nod including Charlene Li’s Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform The Way You Lead; Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age; Hagel, Brown and Davison’s The Power of Pull; Jody Heymann’s Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder; Dan Pink’s wonderful Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; The Heath Brother’s Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard; and from one of my favorite management thinkers Warren Bennis, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.
Undoubtedly, you have your own favorites or “best” choice for 2010 don’t you? Share your favorites by adding a comment or two. I’ll come back to update the listing a little bit later. Stay tuned. Here’s wishing you another rich bounty of great reading in 2011.
Who sits at your Board table? The movers and shakers of your profession or industry? Successful, recognized, long-time members? These are the people you need, right? Perhaps, but not as much as you might be inclined to believe. At the top, Boards increasingly need a diversity of interests, strategic insight, and closer contact with the member’s universe to deliver meaningful value. So where are the visionaries, wild-eyed optimists, and edgy entrepreneurs who have found a new pathway listening to the sounds of a different drummer for your profession? While many Boards have spent years seeking consensus in place of innovation—disruptive technologies, shifting global economies, emerging competitors, and dissident members are creating enormous pressure for change on those organizations. Where are the innovations, products, and new opportunities? How will you leverage them to benefit your membership? In the classic Bringing the Best to the Boardroom, you ‘ll find some new ideas for identifying and selecting high-potential leaders for your Board which offers a unique opportunity to accelerate your progress.
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