Top Ten Online Colleges provides an interesting infograhic entitled, “The Ten Most Important Work Skills in 2020.” The data is from a report published by the Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute.

Important Work Skills for 2020
Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org

Console_Wars                       Creativity Inc.

Just when you don’t think you can add another book to your pile on the nightstand, Book Riot contributors share the best books of 2014 so far. Two non-fiction, business-related  titles are:

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that defined a Generation, by Blake J. Harris – “Console Wars is the story behind the “battle” for supremacy between Sega, the quirky underdog, and Nintendo, the establishment, during the early 1990s.”

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace – “Catmull was one of the handful of people who made Pixar what it is: the most consistently commercially and critically successful film studio of our time.”

It is worthwhile to read the entire list of titles (mostly fiction) and the elegant descriptions. Here is a sampling:

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Robot Uprisings, edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams

Elizabeth Rowe of Bookish lists seven business classics and lessons that can be learned from reading them. “These nonfiction narratives about business disasters, market peaks, and scandals ranging from Enron to the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco by KKR capture precarious situations and very, very expensive mistakes.” Here they are:

  1. Barbarians At the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, by Bryan Burrough – “The biggest LBO isn’t necessarily the best.”
  2. The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, by Diana B. Henriques – “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”
  3. Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin – “Sometimes home values fall.”
  4. Liar’s Poker, by Michael Lewis – “Corporate culture matters.”
  5. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Raise and Scandalous Fall of Enron – “Just because mark-to-market accounting is legal doesn’t mean you should use it.”
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street, by Jordan Belfort – “Creatively interpreting disclosure laws will cost you.”
  7. Den of Thieves, by James B. Stewart – “Insider trading is illegal. Period.”

It has been way too long since I have posted on my blog – but there is a good reason for the lapse. I have had the fortune of writing a book with Kelly Barner, co-owner of Buyers Meeting Point, and the deadline for the manuscript is today. We met the deadline (with a few days to spare)!

Kelly shared in one of her posts how rewarding the experience has been and I too feel exactly the same way. I asked Kelly to co-author a book with me on supply market intelligence and to my delight she agreed to do it. All anyone has to do is read a few of Kelly’s thought pieces to know what an exceptional writer and thinker she is. We have very similar backgrounds in that we both have Master of Library Science degrees in addition to years of experience working in procurement environments.

An excerpt from our upcoming book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources, was posted by Kelly and published in ThomasNet.com’s IMT Procurement Journal.

The excerpt focuses on the importance of knowledge management in regards to supply market intelligence. Here is a paragraph from the excerpt:

There are many opportunities for procurement to build positive relationships through supply market intelligence, and the manager of knowledge-based documentation is critical to the effort. A number of business functions, in addition to executive leadership and external supply partners, will see great value in being able to access and even contribute to the supply market intelligence that procurement creates and documents.

Our new book is a guide on how to develop, execute, and maintain a supply market intelligence program and a reference source for identifying the best resources to use when researching specific markets and suppliers. Kelly and I are very proud of the book and share the vision that supply market intelligence is the key to improving procurement’s performance. It is being published by J. Ross and will be available in October.

I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to start posting again.

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Co., are offering a prize of £15,000 for the best proposal for a book about the challenges and opportunities of growth. “The main theme should be forward-looking and the judges will favor authors who write with knowledge, creativity, originality, and style, and whose proposed books promise to break new ground, or examine pressing business challenges in original ways.” The entry form is available on the Financial Times website. Writers who are under 35 on November 11, 2014 are eligible.

Jason Abbruzzese (Mashable.com) reports that Merriam-Webster has added more than 150 words to its collegiate dictionary. Many of the words reflect “the collision of technology and pop culture.” Here are some of the new words added: hashtag, selfie, tweep, catfish (a person who sets up a deceptive social network profile) crowd funding, gamification, and steampunk.

Sam McNerney of 250 Words writes about recommended books that are being published this summer. Here are five of the eleven titles:

1.  Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignatio Palacios-Huerta (May 25)

2.  Complexity and the Art of Public Policy by David Colander & Roland Kupers (May 25)

3.  The Secret Club That Runs the World by Kate Kelly (June 3)

4.  Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000 by Doug Menuez (June 3)

5.  Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon (June 3)

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