Soundview is a company that has been providing audio summaries of business books for over 35 years to top executives needing to stay up-to-date on the latest business trends and practices. Every year they provide a best business book list. Soundview writes: “Our editorial board is continually watching the business books that are being prepared for publication, to choose those that we think provide new information, while giving principles and practices that can be put to immediate use by our subscribers.” This year they have chosen 30 titles. They are listed, with descriptions, in two blog posts (Part I and Part II). Here is a sampling of some of the books, with descriptions, directly quoted:

Bringing Strategy Back, by Jeffrey Sampler – Strategy expert Jeffrey Sampler introduces four “strategic shock absorbers” that enable leaders to build resilient organizations that can withstand even the most unexpected global turbulence.

The Good Ones, by Bruce Weinstein – Ethics expert Bruce Weinstein presents 10 crucial qualities associated with high-character employees that can enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships and the bottom line.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz – Ben Horowitz tells it straight as he shares insights gained from developing, managing, selling, buying investing in and supervising technology companies.

Low-Hanging Fruit, by Jeremy Eden & Terri Long – Jeremy Eden and Terri Long have distilled 77 of their most effective techniques for generating real performance improvements drawn from their success working with major companies.

Peers Inc, by Robin Chase – A co-founder of Zipcar, Robin Chase, introduces the collaborative economy in which companies and governments are using the Internet’s ability to facilitate collaboration by leveraging expertise, assets and resources outside their sphere of control.

The Power of Thanks, by Derek Irvine & Eric Mosley – Globoforce executives Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine explain how a Culture of Recognition can boost employee engagement and loyalty, stronger teamwork and a more innovative culture.

Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith – Goldsmith details six engaging questions that can help us enact meaningful and lasting change in order to become the person we want to be.

 

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