Learn why bad decisions happen to good managers—and how to make better ones.
If you read nothing else on decision making, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you and your organization make better choices and avoid common traps.
Leading experts such as Ram Charan, Michael Mankins, and Thomas Davenport provide the insights and advice you need to:
• Make bold decisions that challenge the status quo
• Support your decisions with diverse data
• Evaluate risks and benefits with equal rigor
• Check for faulty cause-and-effect reasoning
• Test your decisions with experiments
• Foster and address constructive criticism
• Defeat indecisiveness with clear accountability₵80.00
The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.
If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself.
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to:
Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life
Tap into your deepest values
Solicit candid feedback
Replenish physical and mental energy
Balance work, home, community, and self
Spread positive energy throughout your organization
Rebound from tough times
Decrease distractibility and frenzy
Delegate and develop employees’ initiative₵80.00
Stop pushing products—and start cultivating relationships with the right customers.
If you read nothing else on marketing that delivers competitive advantage, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you reinvent your marketing by putting it—and your customers—at the center of your business.
Leading experts such as Ted Levitt and Clayton Christensen provide the insights and advice you need to:
• Figure out what business you’re really in
• Create products that perform the jobs people need to get done
• Get a bird’s-eye view of your brand’s strengths and weaknesses
• Tap a market that’s larger than China and India combined
• Deliver superior value to your B2B customers
• End the war between sales and marketing₵80.00
Is your company spending too much time on strategy development—with too little to show for it?
If you read nothing else on strategy, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter). We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization’s strategy development and execution.
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy will inspire you to:
• Distinguish your company from rivals
• Clarify what your company will and won’t do
• Craft a vision for an uncertain future
• Create blue oceans of uncontested market space
• Use the Balanced Scorecard to measure your strategy
• Capture your strategy in a memorable phrase
• Make priorities explicit
• Allocate resources early
• Clarify decision rights for faster decision making₵80.00
Change is the one constant in business, and we must adapt or face obsolescence. Yet certain challenges never go away. That’s what makes this book “must read.” These are the 10 seminal articles by management’s most influential experts, on topics of perennial concern to ambitious managers and leaders hungry for inspiration–and ready to run with big ideas to accelerate their own and their companies’ success.
If you read nothing else – full stop – read:
- Michael Porter on creating competitive advantage and distinguishing your company from rivals
- John Kotter on leading change through eight critical stages
- Daniel Goleman on using emotional intelligence to maximize performance
- Peter Drucker on managing your career by evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses
- Clay Christensen on orchestrating innovation within established organizations
- Tom Davenport on using analytics to determine how to keep your customers loyal
- Robert Kaplan and David Norton on measuring your company’s strategy with the Balanced Scorecard
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter on avoiding common mistakes when pushing innovation forward
- Ted Levitt on understanding who your customers are and what they really want
- C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on identifying the unique, integrated systems that support your strategy
A ball of hot money rolls around the world. It seeks anonymity and political refuge. It dodges taxes and sidesteps currency controls. It rolls through offshore shell companies and secret bank accounts, phoney charities and fraudulent religious foundations. It is kept rolling by white-collar criminals, gun-runners, drug dealers, insurgent groups, scam artists, tax evaders, gold and gem smugglers, and, not least, secret service agents plotting coups and financing revolutions. R.T. Naylor explains the origins of this pool of hot and homeless money, its origins, its uses and abuses, how the world of high finance, corporate and governmental, became hostage to it, and the price the world is paying and will continue to pay until the hostages are released.This book was one of the first, and remains the most comprehensive, to dissect the world of offshore finance, capital flight, money laundering, and tax evasion. Once a subject of concern principally to tax authorities and finance ministries, since the September 11, 2001 hot and homeless money has now become a central preoccupation for police forces and intelligence services around the world.₵60.00
Decline can be avoided.
Decline can be detected.
Decline can be reversed.
Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?
In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Collins’ research project—more than four years in duration—uncovered five step-wise stages of decline:
Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success
Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More
Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death
By understanding these stages of decline, leaders can substantially reduce their chances of falling all the way to the bottom.
Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover.
Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top. Anyone can fall and most eventually do. But, as Collins’ research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover—in some cases, coming back even stronger—even after having crashed into the depths of Stage 4.
Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted, and the path to recovery lies largely within our own hands. We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our history, or even our staggering defeats along the way. As long as we never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.₵70.00
From the author of Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo’s How the West was Lost explores how the ‘first world’ has its wasted inheritance with flawed economic policy – and what can be done to reverse the decline.
We think we know what’s coming. But is it already too late?
How the West Was Lost is a wake-up call for all of us. Dambisa Moyo argues that during the last fifty years the most advanced countries on earth have squandered their advantage through fatally flawed policies: obsessing over property, ravenously consuming and building up debt instead of investing. Here Moyo outlines solutions that could help stem the tide. By rethinking many of the things we take for granted, she shows, it may yet be possible for the West to get back into the race.
‘An outspoken iconoclast … Moyo shows well how fundamental economic liberalisation espoused by what she calls the profligate, greedy, self-interested West has come back to bite it.’ — Guardian
‘Succinct and sophisticated … I applaud her brave alarum against our economic and social complacency.’ — Observer
‘A well-reasoned look at how the world’s most-advanced nations are squandering their economic lead…a prescription for stopping the rot.’ — Bloomberg
‘Clear and brazen…This argument has rarely have been made more concisely.’ — The Times
‘An economist who makes waves.’ — Sunday Telegraph₵60.00
How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett: Profiting from the Bargain Hunting Strategies of the World’s Greatest Value Investor – Hardcover
A $10,000 investment in Warren Buffett’s original 1956 portfolio would today be worth a staggering $250 million … after taxes! What are his investing secrets? How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett contains the answers and shows, step-by-profitable-step, how any investor can follow Buffett’s path to consistently find bargains in all markets: up, down, or sideways.
How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett sticks to the basics: how Buffett continually finds bargain stocks passed over by others. Written by an actual financial analyst who uses Buffett’s strategies professionally, this tactical how-to book includes:
- Comprehensive financial tools and information
- Strategy-packed “Buffett in action” boxes
- Buffett’s own stock portfoliocontinually updated on the author’s website!
This management handbook covers the most up-to-date thinking on key business issues, such as the impact of new technology and the Internet, customer focus, e-commerce, the new economy, and the globalization of business. The book includes a business directory of management organizations and institutions.₵60.00