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Leading business information architect and IT entrepreneur Pekka A. Viljakainen's book "No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age" looks at how business leaders can attract and harness Digital Cowboys, essentially the crème de la crème of a new generation of digital natives, in order to future-proof their organizations.
"Gamification by Design" by gamification expert and chair of the Gamification Summit Gabe Zimmerman, and entrepreneur and veteran technologist Christopher Cunningham, is targeted at more than just games or application designers. If you are a brand marketer, a user experience architect or even a client-facing suit from a creative agency, understanding the concepts within will make you that much better a professional in your own space.
In the book "Three Commitments of Leadership: How Clarity, Stability, and Rhythm Create Great Leaders", authors Tom Endersbe, Jon Wortmann, and Jay Therrien - all of whom are learning and development experts - attempt to distil individual experiences and learning to piece together a model of leadership that can be applied to any organization, big or small.
Anchoring its core ideas in psychology and human behaviour, Simon Sinek’s book "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" teaches us that outstanding leaders and organisations achieve a disproportionate degree of influence by following the principles of the “Golden Circle”.
"The Lean Startup" is an invaluable resource for anybody charged with starting a new business venture - be they entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. By embracing the philosophy of thinking big and starting small coupled with a meticulous step-by-step analysis of what went right or wrong, startups can improve their chances of success.
You know the conventional advice that can now be found everywhere, in books, blogs, newspapers and entrepreneur magazines? Jonathan Moules, who has devoted six years to interviewing and reporting on successful entrepreneurs as the Enterprise Editor for The Financial Times, tries to turn some of this advice on its head with his book "The Rebel Entrepreneur".
Every now and then, you pick up a book which offer such a compelling new idea that you simply cannot put down. "The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing" by Lisa Gansky is one such title.
In a world inundated with numerous management theories, "Execution" provides a great reminder that winning companies are not built through brilliant strategies but a relentless focus on implementation.
To win over increasingly cynical consumers who expects nothing less than total transparency, what should companies and businesses do? Enter "movement marketing". Scott Goodson's book "Uprising: How to Build a Brand - and Change the World - By Sparking Cultural Movements" argues that the future of business is seeded in revolutions both big and small.
How do we build strong brands in the digital age? Should brand marketers “bow to algorithmic salvation”, allowing data and process to ride roughshod over inspiration and creativity? Chairman of JWT Asia Pacific Tom Doctoroff provides compelling answers to these burning questions in his latest book "Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing".
Have you wondered how seemingly ordinary folks - policemen, plumbers, teachers and housewives - have risen to become well-known household names? If you do, consider adopting the principles written by Marsha Friedman in "Celebritize Yourself: The 3-Step Method To Increase Your Visibility and Explode Your Business".
The selection of books on business seems limitless, but entrepreneurs can pay special attention to those that offer a spark of entrepreneurial spirit. Inspiration, innovation, management, leadership, and more are all addressed in these books.
How do companies like 3M, Apple, Google, Xerox, Siemens and Grameen Bank continually generate game changing products and services? What can large organizations do to retain talent while building innovative cultures? The answer may be in the book, "Corporate Entrepreneurship: How to Create a Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit Throughout Your Company".
Boost Juice founder Janine Allis pens her entrepreneurial journey in the book "The Secrets of My Success: The Story of Boost Juice, Juicy Bits and All", where she distills that experience into 30 business and leadership tips she calls her ‘recipes for success’.
Are you an unusually excellent leader? Leadership expert John Hamm's book, "Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership" delves deep into the key aspects that defines a great leader and sets a framework for helping you apply these fundamentals of leadership.