Business Book Summaries

“Reading books slows down the pace of today’s text communication long enough for you to think instead of being pounded by messages.”

Rudy Giuliani (Former Mayor of New York City)

To help you in your search for the most relevant and helpful books, I list below many excellent business and business leadership books.  But, I know that time is always tight.  So, to help you further, I have written a book summary for most of these books which you can find by clicking on the hyperlinked title.

A Complaint is a Gift: Recovering Customer Loyalty When Things Go Wrong (Janelle Barlow and Claus Moller)

Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School (Philip Delves Broughton)

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant (Chan W. Kim and Renée Mauborgne)

Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (Michael E Porter)

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? (Martin Zwilling)

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan)

Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager (John W. Davis)

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t (Jim Collins)

High Impact Selling: Power Strategies for Successful Selling (William T. Brooks)

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In (Jim Collins)

How to Grow When Markets Don’t (Adrian Slywotzky and Richard Wise with Karl Weber)

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (Michael Abrashoff)

Jack: Straight from the Gut (Jack Welch with John A. Byrne)

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness by Being a Good Leader (Kenneth H. Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi, and Drea Zigarmi)

Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performance Organizations (Kenneth H. Blanchard)

Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity as a Competitive Tool in Business (Jason Jennings)

Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use (Orit Gadiesh and Hugh MacArthur)

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (Chip and Dan Heath)

Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service (Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Sheldon Bowles

Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity (Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn)

Skills for Success: The Experts Show the Way (Soundview Editorial Staff, Eds.)

Spin Selling (Neil Rackham)

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard (Chip and Dan Heath)

The 4-Hour Workweek(Timothy Ferriss)

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (Steven R. Covey)

The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade (Michael Hammer)

The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writing on Management (Peter Drucker)

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement (Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox)

The Leadership Machine: Architecture to Develop Leaders for any Future  (Michael M. Lombardo and Robert W. Eichinger)

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company (Ram Charan, Steve Drotter and Jim Noel)

The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World (Tim Harford)

The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy (Matthew Stewart)

The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Ethan M. Rasiel)

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan (George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check, Jorge E. Pedraza)

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Gary Keller with Jay Papasan)

The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Corporate Accountability (Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman)

The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World’s Top Companies Build Value and Wealth (Arthur B. Laffer, William J. Hass and Shepherd G. Pryor IV)

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey)

Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs (Craig Stull, Phil Myers & David Meerman Scott)

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy (Joan Magretta)

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful (Marshall Goldsmith)

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise Through Dramatic Change (Louis V. Gerstner Jr.)

Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes (Sydney Finkelstein)

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney)

Winning (Jack and Suzy Welch)

World Class Selling: The Science of Selling (Roy E. Chitwood)