Five Must-Read Books for Business Leaders. Selection by Gapur Tsorojev (@GapurTs).
Remote: Office Not Required
Authors: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson explore the “work from home” phenomenon and show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished in Remote. David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done, wrote: “What you’ll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who’ve succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.”.
Authors: Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary
Topic: Platform Model
A practical guide to the new economy that is transforming the way we live, work, and play. Uber. Airbnb. Amazon. Apple. PayPal. All of these companies disrupted their markets when they launched. Today they are industry leaders. What’s the secret to their success? These cutting-edge businesses are built on platforms: two-sided markets that are revolutionizing the way we do business. Written by three of the most sought-after experts on platform businesses, Platform Revolution is the first authoritative, fact-based book on platform models.
Authors: Salim Ismail (Author), Michael S. Malone (Author), Yuri van Geest (Author)
Topic: Growth, Innovation, and Leadership
In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth. Three luminaries of the business world―Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone―have researched this phenomenon and documented ten characteristics of Exponential Organizations. Here, in EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS, they walk the reader through how any company, from a startup to a multi-national, can become an ExO, streamline its performance, and grow to the next level. This book is also the Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year.
Tools of Titans
Author: Timothy Ferriss
Topic: Business Culture
From the author of The 4-Hour Workweek: “For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview.” This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Author: Daniel Kahneman
Topic: Human Behavior
In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.
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