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Beyond Bullsh*t Straight-Talk at Work

Samuel A. Culbert

ISBN – 10:0804758859

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Straight-talk at work! Grumblings in offices everywhere suggest that there is not much that we crave more, but don”t get often enough. Beyond Bullsh*t reveals the dynamics of bullsh*t and why it has become the corporate etiquette of choice.


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The Trusted Advisor

David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, Robert M. Galford

ISBN 10:0743212347

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In today”s fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of one”s discipline is not enough, 


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why some people succeed and some don’t

by Malcolm Gladwell


Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Author: Don Tapscott

ISBN – 10:0071508635

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The Net Generation Has Arrived. Are you ready for it? Chances are you know a person between the ages of 11 and 30. You”ve seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen, and doing who-knows-what on Facebook or MySpace. They”re the first generation to have literally grown up digital–and they”re part of a global cultural phenomenon that”s here to stay. The bottom line is this: If you understand the Net …

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
Clayton M. Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, Michael B. Horn

ISBN – 10:0071592067

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A crash course in the business of learning-from the bestselling author of The Innovator”s Dilemma and The Innovator”s Solution… “A brilliant teacher, Christensen brings clarity to a muddled and chaotic world of education.”-Jim Collins, bestselling author of Good to Great According to recent studies in neuroscience, the way we learn doesn”t always match up with the way we are taught. If we hope to stay competitive-academically, economically, and technologically-we need to rethink our …

Sense of Urgency
John P. Kotter
ISBN – 10:1422179710
ISBN – 13:9781422179710
About the Book
In his international bestseller “Leading Change,” Kotter provided an action plan for implementing successful transformations. Now, he shines the spotlight on the crucial first step in his framework: creating a sense of urgency by getting people to actually see and feel the need for change.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
Jim Collins
ISBN – 10:0066620996
ISBN – 13:9780066620992
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The Challenge Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? The Study For years

The Practice of Management
Author: Peter F Drucker
ISBN – 10:0060878975
ISBN – 13:9780060878979
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A classic since its publication in 1954, The Practice of Management was the first book to look at management as a whole and being a manager as a separate responsibility. The Practice of Management created the discipline of modern management practices. Readable, fundamental, and basic, it remains an essential book for students, aspiring managers, and seasoned professionals.

Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff
ISBN – 10:1422125009
ISBN – 13:9781422125007
About the Book
Offering a strategy to winning in a world transformed by social technologies (blogs, podcasts, and social networking sites), the authors have designed a four-step process for building these technologies into a business.

A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons Of The World’s Greatest Management Teacher
William A. Cohen
ISBN – 10:0814409199
ISBN – 13:9780814409190
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From 1975-1979, author William Cohen studied under the father of modern management, Peter Drucker, and became the first graduate of Drucker’s doctoral program. He went on to become a major general in the Air Force, a professor, management consultant, multibook author, and university president. Here, Cohen shares new accounts of his mentor’s wisdom, ideas that never made it it into his previous books or articles.

Risk: The Science And Politics Of Fear
Author: Dan Gardner

ISBN – 10:0771032994
ISBN – 13:9780771032998
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In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, Gardner explores a new way of thinking about the decisions we make.We are the safest and healthiest human beings who ever lived, and yet irrational fear is growing, with deadly consequences — such as the 1,595 Americans killed when they made the mistake of switching from planes to cars after September 11. In part, this irrationality is caused by those — politicians, activists, and the media — who promote fear for their own gain. Culture also matters

The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks
C.K. Prahalad
ISBN – 10:0071598286
ISBN – 13:9780071598286
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The NEW global standard for innovation from the world”s most influential management thinker-C.K. Prahalad From the greatest minds in business today comes a brilliant new blueprint for corporate growth and innovation. With this new landmark work, C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan suggest a major shift in organizational structure-one where IT and the respective management structure form the fundamental foundation of a corporation.

Why Work Sucks And How To Fix It
Cali Ressler
ISBN – 10:1591842034
ISBN – 13:9781591842033
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Do you hate cramming all of your errands into the weekend? Do you resent having to beg permission to watch your kidas weekday soccer game? Are you tired of seeing people who arenat very good at their jobs get promoted because they arrive early and stay late? Thereas got to be a better wayaand there is Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson show that “everyone” benefits when we change the focus from hours to outcomes. It

Bounce!: Failure, Resiliency, And Confidence To Achieve Your Next Great Success
Barry J. Moltz
ISBN – 10:0470224088
ISBN – 13:9780470224083
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Conventional business wisdom tells you that there’s always something to learn from failure. Not true, says Barry Moltz. Sometimes, failure just stinks. Bounce! explains how success and failure are simply normal outcomes in the regular lifecycle of a business and that process over the long term matters far more than individual outcomes. This book shows you how to build a business that can “bounce” through these cycles for long-term success.

The Big Switch
Nicholas Carr
ISBN – 10:0393062287
ISBN – 13:9780393062281
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An eye-opening look at the new computer revolution and the coming transformation of our economy, society, and culture. A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence.

Assault On Reason
Al Gore

ISBN – 10:0143113623
ISBN – 13:9780143113621

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A #1 “New York Times” bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected and influential public intellectuals in America today. “The Assault on Reason” takes an unprecedented look at how faith in the power of reasonathe idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debateais now under assault.

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Author: Don Tapscott, Anthony Williams
ISBN – 10:1591841380
ISBN – 13:9781591841388

The E-Myth Revisited
Author: Mich Gerber
ISBN – 10:0887307280
ISBN – 13:9780887307287
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In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed

Finance For Managers

Author: Harvard Business Essentials

ISBN – 10:1578518768
ISBN – 13:9781578518760

Calculating and assessing the overall financial health of the business

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques From The Best Damn Ship In The Navy

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

ISBN – 10:0446529117
ISBN – 13:9780446529112

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Other than the sobering fact that real lives are regularly at stake, running a navy ship is a lot like running a business: leaders of both must get the most out of their crews to operate at peak efficiency and complete the tasks at hand. As commander of the highly acclaimed USS Benfold, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff irrefutably demonstrated how progressive management can succeed at sea; in It”s Your Ship, he translates his methods into an approach that can also be applied by land-bound captains

Leading Change
ISBN – 10:0875847471
ISBN – 13:9780875847474
Author: John P Kotter

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In Leading Change, John Kotter examines the efforts of more than 100 companies to remake themselves into better competitors. He identifies the most common mistakes leaders and managers make in attempting to create change and offers an eight-step process to overcome the obstacles and carry out the firm”s agenda: establishing a greater sense of urgency, creating the guiding coalition, developing a vision and strategy.

Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, And Opportunity
Author: Lynn E. Foster

ISBN – 10:0131927566
ISBN – 13:9780131927568

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During the past century, human life spans have almost doubled, and travel and communication happen with an ease and speed that would have been considered science fiction only a few generations ago. Remarkably, the pace of innovation is actually increasing over that of the past. Science has now advanced to the point that those on the cutting edge of research work with individual atoms and molecules. This is the defining characteristic of the new metafield of nanotechnology


Outsmart!: How to Do What Your Competitors Can’t

Author: Jim Champy
ISBN – 10:0132357771
ISBN – 13:9780132357777
From the Publisher
This concise, fast-paced book is about consistently outsmarting the competition in an environment where even the best strategies rarely prevail. It’s about companies that have accelerated to the leading edge of business practice and stayed there, year after year. And it’s from the author who has written one of the most revolutionary books of all time

The Game-changer: How You Can Drive Revenue And Profit Growth With Innovation

Author: A.g. Lafley, Ram Charan
ISBN – 10:0307381730
ISBN – 13:9780307381736
From the Publisher
How you can increase and sustain organic revenue and profit growth . . . whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job.Over the past seven years, Procter & Gamble has tripled profits; significantly improved organic revenue growth, cash flow, and operating margins; and averaged earnings per share growth of 12 percent.

Influential Reading

Managing IT as a Business

A Survival Guide for CEOs

by Mark Lutchen




















Geoffrey Moore Crossing the Chasm ISBN:0060517123 Publisher: Collins By Geoffrey Moore

Synopsis: This book is the entrepreneur executives guide to growing your business from the early adopter phase, to crossing the chasm to reach the mass market. Along with the marketing stats, focus and execution

Charan and Bossidy Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done ISBN:0609610570 Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Authors: – Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan Synopsis: I found this to be an excellent book. Ever been in a meeting – great ideas come around – but nothing ever really happens? The text is specifically geared to CEO level executives. But in my opinion approximately 50 to 60% of it should be read by any program, project or managerial staff at all levels. Executing well is not just throwing a plan over the wall So good I have had to purchase it three times. (I keep giving away copies!) Large organization or small, you have plans, you have ideas, but the gap that appears between these ideas and the results are huge. The authors argue that execution is a discipline in its own right. Read it and I think you will agree.

Severance Authors: Dennis G. Severance & Jacque Passino – University of Michigan Business School Published by Jossey-Bass – ISBN 0-7879-6384-4 Synopsis: It is generally accepted that there is no menu or formulae to ensure successful I/T strategic planing. But the authors do a good job of synthesizing 10 studied organizations into one fictitious example. They lay out a series of questions that they deem should be re-iterated at every status change of an I/T strategy as it moves from program to project management. Geared towards I/T executives and business technology executives.

Author: Peter F. Drucker Published by Truman Talley Books – ISBN0-312-28977-4 Synopsis: Peter Drucker – need I say more? The book is actually a collection of texts previously published from 1998 through 1992.

IT Services Authors: Anthony F. Taudugno, Thomas R. DiPasquale, Robert E. Matthews Published by Harris Kern / Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-019195-7 Synopsis: Approximately 50 person years of experience providing a detailed process oriented book on integrated service delivery for IT. Very granular level including sample work flows and charts. Audience is IT Managers / Executives in the IT Operations field.

Bill GatesAuthor: Bill Gates Published by Warner Books – ISBN 0-446-52568-5 Synopsis: This book is geared to senior business managers and executives.It is definately non-technical in nature but provides clear information on the value of technology in business terms. As an I/T Manager, if you only see your CEO at the Christmas party – buy it for him – and read it yourself to improve your ability to converse in business-speak rather then geek-speak!

Mary ModahlAuthor: Mary Mohdal – Vice President of Research, Forrester Research Inc. Published by Harper Business – ISBN 0-06-662012-0 Synopsis: Published in 2000 – at the height of the era, it gives some good market research on the market phsycology of internet consumers. (what Forrester calls Technographics) Geared towards any business or marketing executive.It is actually of benefit to I/T managers as well – our internal I/T “customers” fit in these technographic categories as well.

DemingAuthors: Kenneth T. DeLavigne and J. Daniel Robertson Published by Prentice – Hall – ISBN 01-13-292690-3 Synopsis: W. Edwards Deming wrote approximately 7 books on statistal variation and management theory. This book provides an overview of his theory without going to heavily into the statistical theory. (for non-mathematics speaking people like me) If you have not read any of Deming’s work – this is a good start.

Makridas Author: Spyros G. Makridakis Published by Free Press – a Division of McMillan ISBN 9-02-919781-3 Synopsis: As of 2003 this book is getting a little old – but it still has staying power. Going from sociology to statistical analysis the book presents the myths and actual capabilities in short & long term planning and forecasting.


2 Responses to “The Bookshelf”

  1. elliotross Says:

    raino – thanks for dropping by 🙂

    I do confess to a lot of reading!

  2. raino Says:

    i’m loving your reading list. will p/u beyong bullshit and the malcom gladwell one. i like that guy, great funny presenter as well.

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