With help from getAbstract, the world’s largest library of business book summaries, Working World takes a quick look at the TOP 5 Business Books.
1. The 4 Lenses of Innovation
Rowan Gibson, author of Innovation to the Core, provides a manual full of graphics, illustrations and photographs, with numerous pages tinted different shades to suggest that you can change how you see even ordinary things. Gibson proposes a system of innovation that incorporates various models of the human brain. He provides a broadly applicable set of tools to help you innovate by using four points of view or lenses: “challenging orthodoxies,” “harnessing trends,” “leveraging resources” and “understanding needs.” His examples are numerous and vivid. The clear style and jazzy – though sometimes a bit busy – design elements make Gibson’s ideas easy to apply. getAbstract recommends his guidebook to those seeking a boost in their creativity and ability to innovate, and to readers looking for tools to share with their entire organization.
Rowan Gibson | Wiley 2015 | 304 pg. | ISBN: 9781118740248
Many professionals make common mistakes that detract from their image and hamper the clear delivery of their intended message. Communications experts Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston identify the 16 worst communication blunders and tell you how to correct or avoid them. Common communication pitfalls, such as interrupting, reacting without planning what to say or not being aware of your image, may be holding you back professionally. Zoller and Preston’s strengths are their precision, brevity and concision, if not their originality. getAbstract recommends their highly useful manual as a handy guidebook for business newbies and as a welcome reminder for seasoned professionals.
Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston | Brown Books 2012 | 144 pg. | ISBN: 9781612540603
Leadership expert and prolific author John Maxwell offers 26 perceptive lessons for both new and experienced leaders. Maxwell peppers his book with great quotations from famous leaders and with warm personal anecdotes that illustrate his leadership lessons. He explains why leaders should learn from their experiences and from other people, why they need to understand people to lead them, and what leadership demands. He offers easy, practical formulas, tools and aphorisms. Maxwell’s encouraging advice, while not innovative, is reliably solid. getAbstract recommends his worthy lessons to seasoned leaders and up-and-comers alike.
John C. Maxwell | Nelson Publishers 2015 | 272 pg. | ISBN: 9781400205936
The Internet, that transformative force driving innovation, communication and collaboration worldwide, also has a dark underbelly. In this murky world of fakers and trolls, nothing is as it seems. One expert computer analysis found that “about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are fake.” That the restaurant review you referred to last night may come from someone paid by the restaurateur or by the restaurateur’s rival. Believe the credibility of that glowing book review on Amazon at your peril; the author may have ghostwritten it. Joseph M. Reagle Jr. jumps into this cesspool with a reporter’s gusto, delving into the unlit corners of Yelp, Twitter and coder conferences. His findings might not surprise those who are deeply embedded in the Internet culture, but for most readers, his exploration is an eye-opener. At times, Reagle veers into the stilted prose of academia and his language can be vulgar, since that accurately reflects the material he’s covering. Nonetheless, this mostly approachable book delves into a crucial topic. getAbstract recommends it to online retailers, investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who ever read anything on or ordered anything using the Internet. And that, of course, includes nearly everyone.
Joseph M. Reagle Jr. | MIT Press 2015 | 240 pg. | ISBN: 9780262028936
5. Grow Your Value
News anchor Mika Brzezinski finds peace in her success as a professional and a mother.
Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and best-selling author Mika Brzezinski seems to have it all – celebrity, a successful career, marriage and children. Yet even as she worked to empower other women through her books and seminars, Brzezinski questioned her own worth as a wife and mother. Here, she details her journey to find the same value in her personal life that she achieved professionally. As a mother, Brzezinski confesses to feeling guilty. She says other successful women are unwilling to address this topic, though thousands of books and articles on the issue beg to differ. Readers may find her problems – reconciling success, fame and salary with neglecting her family – enviable. And some may have difficulty relating to the experiences of the high-level working women Brzezinski depicts as her inner circle, including Olympian Bonny Warner Simi, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers and cosmetic queen Bobbi Brown. Nonetheless, getAbstract believes women facing professional challenges will enjoy getting to know them and will find value in Brzezinski’s account of her quest for inner harmony.
Mika Brzezinski | Perseus Books 2015 | 256 pg. | ISBN: 9781602862685
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