Classic Business Books

The outsiders : eight unconventional CEOs and their radically rational blueprint for success

William N. Thorndike, Jr
2012
ISBN: 9781422162675

What makes a successful CEO? Most people call to mind a familiar definition: “a seasoned manager with deep industry expertise." Others might point to the qualities of today's so-called celebrity CEOs—charisma, virtuoso communication skills, and a confident management style. But what really matters when you run an organization? What is the hallmark of exceptional CEO performance? Quite simply, it is the returns for the shareholders of that company over the long term. In this refreshing, counterintuitive book, author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms' average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty—in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. You may not know all their names, but you will recognize their companies: General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. In The Outsiders, you'll learn the traits and methods—striking for their consistency and relentless rationality—that helped these unique leaders achieve such exceptional performance.

Too big to fail : the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis--and themselves

Andrew Ross Sorkin
2009
ISBN: 9780670021253

Presents a moment-by-moment account of the recent financial collapse that documents state efforts to prevent an economic disaster, offering insight into the pivotal consequences of decisions made throughout the past decade.

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The black swan : the impact of the highly improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
2007
ISBN: 9781400063512

"A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives. Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don't know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the 'impossible.' For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. Now, in this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don't know. He offers surprisingly simple tricks for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them."--Jacket.

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The art of war

Sun Tzu ; a new translation by Michael Nylan
2020
ISBN: 9781324004899

"For the first time in any modern language, a female scholar and translator reimagines The Art of War. Sun Tzu's ancient book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was first written 2,500 years ago. In a world forever at odds, his rules for anticipating the motivations and strategies of our competitors never cease to inspire leaders of all kinds. Michael Nylan, in her provocative introduction, sees new and unexpected lessons to be learned from The Art of War- in business ventures, relationships, games of skill, academic careers, and medical practices. Strategy, like conflict, is woven into society's very roots. Nylan's crisp translation "offers a masterly new evaluation of this classic work, which balances the overtly military content with a profound and thought- provoking analysis" (Oliva Milburn). Readers newly engaging with ancient Chinese culture will be inspired by Nylan's authoritative voice. She proves that Sun Tzu is more relevant than ever, helping us navigate the conflicts we know and those we have yet to endure"-- Provided by publisher.

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Daring greatly : how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead

Brené Brown
2012
ISBN: 9781592407330

Based on twelve years of research, thought leader Dr. Brené Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

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Thrive : the third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder

Arianna Huffington
2014
ISBN: 9780804140843

As co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, this is the author's case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success, money and power, has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In a commencement address she gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we are going to topple over. We need a third leg, a third metric for defining success, to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, she shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives. -- From book jacket.

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Built to last : successful habits of visionary companies

James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras
2002
ISBN: 9780060516406

Presenting new insight into such companies as 3M, Walt Disney, and General Electric, a study on what makes companies successful examines their flexibility, ideology, and strong purpose.

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Good to great : why some companies make the leap-- and others don't

Jim Collins
2001
ISBN: 9780066620992

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The 7 habits of highly effective people : powerful lessons in personal change

Stephen R. Covey
2013
ISBN: 9781451639612

A leading management consultant outlines seven organizational rules for improving effectiveness and increasing productivity at work and at home.

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Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead

Sheryl Sandberg ; with Nell Scovell
2013
ISBN: 9780385349949

In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

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How to win friends and influence people

Dale Carnegie
2009
ISBN: 9781439167342

Introduces principles that can be applied to both business and life itself, in a book that focuses on how to best affectively communicate with people.

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Blue ocean strategy : how to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant

W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
2005
ISBN: 9781591396192

In a book that challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success, Kim and Mauborgne argue that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and 30 industries, the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors, but from creating "blue oceans"--Untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Such strategic moves--which the authors call "value innovation"--create powerful leaps in value that often render rivals obsolete for more than a decade. Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant.--From publisher description.

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Library in a box [kit] : financial literacy


2020
ISBN: 9780060555665

This kit is designed to help you understand basic financial literacy and to look at what your income, bills, investment, and retirement options are. Use these books and library and finance informational group resource sheets to better understand what options are available for all levels of investing. The included USB drive has guide to help teach about email uses and online file drives like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. Keep your notes and files in the included notebook and USB drive for future use. Title on CD container: It's easy to be rich-- if you have a strong financial education. Ages 14 and up.

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Business adventures : twelve classic tales from the world of Wall Street

John Brooks
2014
ISBN: 9781497644892

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America. What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened. Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks's insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself. Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers ... Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

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Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think

Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
2018
ISBN: 9781250107817

When asked simple questions about global trends -- what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school -- we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective, from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

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