Content tagged with "business"

4 Disciplines of Execution
Book Review
September 23, 2016
28

“I did not write a review for this book.”

Acquired: Now What?: Embrace the flux and uncertainty of M&A and become a savvy and bulletproof business professional.
Book Review
August 27, 2019
137

“Odd book. I thought it was a book about M&A, but it turned out to be a book about what do when your company gets acquired. However, most of the book was just general business advice. There wasn’t a…”

The Age of Intent: Using Artificial Intelligence to Deliver a Superior Customer Experience
Reading List
Book Review
November 5, 2019
144

“An okay overview. I think I was looking for more of an in-depth title that got down into specifics of how a chatbot services might work, but perhaps that’s a different book. This is a very promotional…”

Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups
Reading List
Book Review
May 3, 2018
135

“Fantastic overview of the VC/angel process. Even if you’re on the other side – so, not investing, but looking at taking investment money – it gives you a good understanding of the entire process. If…”

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Reading List
Book Review
March 31, 2020
159

“An appalling, infuriating book about shocking hubris and dishonesty. The fact that Theranos managed to perpetuate their fraud as long as they did is frankly a little amazing. And all these people who…”

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
Reading List
Book Review
March 31, 2020
156

“This book is meant to describe a new approach/strategy to marketing. The ‘blue ocean’ strategy means that you find some aspect of your market that no one is doing, and try to dominate that, rather…”

The Cold Start Problem
Reading List
Book Review
June 23, 2022
370

“This is one of those books that I feel like you should read in a group. You should study discuss every chapter. There’s just so much here. The book is about products that require ‘network effects’ to…”

The Consulting Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Expand a Seven-Figure Consulting Practice
Reading List
Book Review
March 12, 2014
175

“A very good book, if a little uneven. On the one hand, it provides solid, unrelenting advice for consulting. On the other, it sometimes delves too far into what you should be doing for your clients….”

Creating a Data-Driven Organization: Practical Advice from the Trenches
Reading List
Book Review
March 14, 2016
166

“This book approaches big data a little differently than most. It’s less about actually slicing and dicing statistics and is more about the organizational challenges to building an organization that…”

Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past
Reading List
Book Review
November 8, 2020
220

“This is a classic business strategy book by the author of ‘Crossing the Chasm.’ It’s not really practical advice – the author concedes that it’s a ‘framework of frameworks’ that help you think about…”

The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business
Reading List
Book Review
October 23, 2016
37

“I did not write a review for this book.”

Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies
Reading List
Book Review
December 26, 2019
138

“This both a history of Koch Industries and the details of a management philosophy that Charles Koch calls ‘market based management’ (MBM). The book is at its best when he’s explaining some of the…”

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Reading List
Book Review
August 28, 2014
192

“I listened to this on audiobook. It was the long tale about Ben Horowitz and his adventures with Loudcloud, Opsware, and now the Andressen-Horowitz VC fund. It was so full of information that I found…”

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone
Reading List
Book Review
October 15, 2017
164

“I didn’t quite know what to make of this book. I couldn’t really figure out the point. It seems to be equal parts a reflection on Nadella’s first 2-3 years as Microsoft CEO, and a look to the future…”

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business
Reading List
Book Review
April 18, 2021
368

“This book is a legendary examination of how companies handle ‘innovation,’ by which the author means new aspects of their business that come out of nowhere and eventually come to dominate their…”

Intuition at Work: Why Developing Your Gut Instincts Will Make You Better at What You Do
Reading List
Book Review
July 24, 2017
64

“This is the ‘business’ version of Klein’s more academic ‘Sources of Power.’ A good book, but a lot to absorb. The key takeaway: map potential decision points, and role-play and practice scenarios.”

Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism
Reading List
Book Review
February 8, 2019
298

“This was my second partial abandon of the year. I actually read half of it, then skimmed the rest. The author is an English/literature professor, and he seeks to prove that capitalism has corrupted…”

Learning to See
Reading List
Book Review
March 1, 2019
114

“I’m not rating this because it was a book fundamentally about manufacturing. I’m very interesting in value-stream mapping at the moment, in the context of professional services, so it didn’t quite…”

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
Reading List
Book Review
June 12, 2022
220

“The basic idea behind the book is that innovation is incremental, not revolutionary. You make ‘little bets’ that change the status quo slightly, and then iterate on those, rather than wiping the slate…”

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
Reading List
Book Review
November 3, 2016
62

“Turns out, ‘strategy’ is fairly new in business. This is the story of the Big Three business strategy firms – Bain, BCG, and McKinsey – how they created a new industry throughout the 20th century.”

The Machine That Changed The World
Reading List
Book Review
April 6, 2019
332

“A disappointing book. It’s about making cars. You might think, ‘Well, yeah, this is about Toyota, right?’ And it is, so I should of known it was about making cars, but it’s really about making cars,…”

Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design
Reading List
Book Review
June 27, 2016
279

“This is a solid book about larger scale digital governance. I say ‘larger scale’ because it’s primarily about how to get order at the higher-levels – C-level, VP level, and steering committee level….”

Measure What Matters
Reading List
Book Review
December 16, 2019
125

“This is the masterwork about OKRs – Objectives and Key Results. OKRs are a management concept pioneered by Andy Grove in the 1970s at Intel, and currently championed by Google. The author, John Doerr,…”

Mergers & Acquisitions from A to Z
Reading List
Book Review
August 31, 2019
66

“A well-done book which is everything it claims to be – all the stuff about M&A from the start (why do it) to the end (challenges in integrating the companies; alternatives to M&A). Some of it is…”

The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World
Reading List
Book Review
September 12, 2021
222

“This is a weird and wonderful book. The author is a private investigator, and it seems he just decided to write a book one day about cases he’s worked on. And the book is really good. Each chapter…”

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Reading List
Book Review
January 4, 2014
37

“I did not write a review for this book.”

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
Reading List
Book Review
January 19, 2019
390

“So, this is an objectively good book, but would be hard to put into practice I think. The author (well, I think he had a ghostwriter) is/was an FBI hostage negotiator. He has a LOT of stories about…”

Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--and How to Make Them Work for You
Reading List
Book Review
July 29, 2019
86

“A book about the rise of ‘platforms’ – systems that don’t do anything except connect other people. Think AirBnB, Facebook, Uber, etc. A good look at all the challenges, especially things like network…”

Project Management for Humans
Reading List
Book Review
August 19, 2017
70

“An absolutely solid introduction to project management. If you’re new to the practice, then this is your book. However, if you’ve been managing projects for any period of time, I don’t think you’re…”

Race Against The Machine
Reading List
Book Review
November 9, 2014
83

“A good overview of how technology is changing the employment landscape. Technology is eliminating jobs, and the authors present the case, along with 19 things we need to do as a society to increase…”

Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success
Reading List
Book Review
November 8, 2018
86

“I think maybe I was the wrong audience for this. It’s very much directed towards encouraging people to do thought leadership, whereas I was looking for something on how to measure engagement, and…”

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Reading List
Book Review
January 25, 2016
332

“This was on many ‘best of’ books for 2015, It’s a broad overview of the problems of automation and the potential effects on the economy and society. Beyond the standard litany of automation horror…”

The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company
Reading List
Book Review
September 18, 2014
287

“This is a fairly awful book. I didn’t disagree with anything Koch wrote, but the problem is that (1) he’s a poor writer, and (2) he’s not saying anything profound. His writing just careens back and…”

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Reading List
Book Review
October 22, 2018
117

“Entertaining history of Nike from its beginning in 1962 through to when it went public in 1980. Those 18 years were run on a shoestring budget, and the company was constantly, hilariously broke. In…”

The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers
Reading List
Book Review
March 8, 2016
309

“This book wasn’t what I expected. It doesn’t really have much actionable in it (except a few pages in the conclusion). Instead, it’s basically a set of stories about information silos – where one…”

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
Reading List
Book Review
April 8, 2022
383

“This is a history of Fred Koch and his sons. Fred started what would become Koch Industries. He had four sons: Frederick, who never took much interest in the business, never married, and apparently…”

The Soul of a New Machine
Reading List
Book Review
October 5, 2019
101

“Honestly, I just didn’t get it. This book was described in near-mythical terms, but it seemed tedious to me. Maybe I’m just not used to hardware design, or I’m not an engineer anymore – I don’t know…”

Superhubs: How the Financial Elite and their Networks Rule Our World
Reading List
Book Review
June 12, 2022
289

“I was mixed on this book. Three stars is too low for this, but four stars is probably too high. The book is about all the large-scale economic players and theatrics that happen behind the scenes. This…”

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Reading List
Book Review
April 2, 2017
92

“Extremely readable summary of pop psychology hacks for making change. It still runs into the problem that people are generally hard-pressed to put these things to use, but it’s well-written and…”

The Systems Bible: The Beginner's Guide to Systems Large and Small: Being the Third Edition of Systemantics
Reading List
Book Review
December 10, 2018
178

“This book infuriated me. I wanted a serious discussion of systems theory, but what I got was a Dilbert-esque attempt at comedy. The book is incredibly hard to follow. I started off diligently trying…”

Traction
Reading List
Book Review
October 5, 2018
76

“An explanation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). This is a philosophy of management that my company is implementing. Your enjoyment of this book will correspond highly with your belief…”

The Tyranny of Metrics
Reading List
Book Review
March 13, 2022
190

“An excellent look at how metrics can be used poorly to justify bad policies. Either we measure the wrong thing, measure it the wrong way, or – more often than not – game the measurement system so that…”

The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth
Reading List
Book Review
December 25, 2018
123

“A solid introduction to the Net Promoter Score methodology of performance reporting that falls into a common trap: it could be a blog post, or a 30-page ebook. To get this thing published, the authors…”

Whiteboard Selling: Empowering Sales Through Visuals
Reading List
Book Review
May 19, 2018
99

“At best, this book introduced me to the idea of using a whiteboard as a sales tool. However, its grand vision as a whiteboard as a universal presentation tool is a bit flawed because (1) I will often…”

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto
Reading List
Book Review
June 17, 2018
168

“A remarkable book about how to take the power back in the professional services relationship. Instead of chasing after clients, make them chase after you. The book is 12 principles, from ‘We Will…”