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There is an exciting new crop of business and leadership books coming in 2017 and here are anticipated titles from various published lists:

From Inc.com
Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story, by Alexandra Wolfe, Jan. 10
Own ItThe Power of Women at Work, by Sallie Krawcheck, Jan. 17
The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking, by Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack, Feb. 17
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, Feb. 21
The Great Question of Tomorrow: The Ideas that Will Remake the World (TED Books), by David Rothkopf, Apr. 18
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road, by Nick Bilton, May 2
Psyched Up: How the Moments Before Any Challenge Determine Your Success, by Daniel McGinn, June 6
Many Teams, One Mission: A Blueprint for Building Your Team of Teams, by Chris Fussell and Charles Goodyear, July 11
The Power of Onlyness: How to Make Your Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, by Nilofer Merchant, Aug. 29
Untitled Autobiography, by Ralph Lauren, Sept. 10

From TIME
Hit Refresh, by Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO), fall 2017

From Signature Reads
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, by Adam Alter, Mar. 7

From The Washington Post
Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, by Christine Porath, Dec. 27
Own It: The Power of Women at Work, by Sallie Krawcheck, Jan. 17
Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less -and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined, by Scott Sonenshein, Feb. 7
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Helene Cooper, Mar. 7
Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly, by Isaac Lidsky, Mar. 14
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott, Mar. 14
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, Apr. 24
The Captain Class: The Driving Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams, by Sam Walker, May 16
The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, by Tommy Caldwell, May 16
Gorbachev: His Life and Times, by William Taubman, Sept. 7

From Publisher’s Weekly
The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions… and Created Plenty of Controversy, by Leigh Gallagher, Feb. 14
The CEO Pay Machine: How It Trashes America and How to Stop It, by Steven Clifford, May 16
Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today, by Ilana Gershon, Apr. 10
Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters, by Louis Uchitelle, May 2
Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, by Adam Lashinsky, May 23

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The shortlist for the 2016 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. The prestigious award “recognises a work which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

This year’s shortlist:

What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby

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What business titles are popular with readers this summer? A glance at various published lists lets us know what is hot this summer.

The New York Times Monthly Business Best Seller List – July 2016

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Habit: Wht We Do What We Do In Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

Self-Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, by Nely Galan

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World, by Ruchir Sjarma

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms, by Vishen Lakhiani

The Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business – Best-Selling Books, Week Ended July 3, With data from Nielsen BookScan

StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick M. Lencioni

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, by Jon Gordon

Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey

Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

Living Forword A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues, by Patrick M. Lencioni

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg is the most borrowed and requested (placed on hold) business related book at public libraries throughout the United States, according to Library Journal, June 2016.

Business Insider has selected their “favorite business memoirs, career guides, and the most exciting research on the future of work,” to read on vacation. The first ten listed are:

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition, by David Novak and Christina Bourg

How to Have a Good Day, by Caroline Webb

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two, by Jim Koch

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

Ego Is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

 

 

 

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Sunday is Father’s Day and recently there have been several posts and articles published that recommend gift ideas for the special dad in your life. Digging through the lists, there are many that include books, and within those are some interesting business titles. Not all of these titles are your typical “business book,” and that is just fine. Here are selected titles found in the lists:

The Monocle Guide to Good Business, by Monocle – Business Insider, “21 Great Coffee Table Books to Pick Up for Dad This Father’s Day”

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight – Book Clubbish, “10 Awesome Books For Father’s Day”

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis – Book Clubbish, “10 Awesome Books For Father’s Day”

The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail but Some Don’t – Nate Silver, Popsugar, “Father’s Day Gift Ideas: The Best Books for Every Type of Dad”

Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits, by David Haskell and Colin Spoelman – Popsugar, “Father’s Day Gift Ideas: The Best Books for Every Type of Dad”

We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time, by Kara Platoni, The Cut, NYMag.com , “11 Books That Make the Best Father’s Day Gifts”

Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs, by Michele Malkin – Real Simple, “18 Father’s Day Books That Cover All of Dad’s Interests”

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance – Real Simple, “18 Father’s Day Books That Cover All of Dad’s Interests”

Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney – Barnes and Noble.com, “Hooray for Dads! 15 Picture Books Perfect for Father Day” (Not a business book but I had to include this! It’s a classic.)

 

mook marcsEvery once in a while something new comes along that makes one wonder why it took so long for it to be conceptualized and created. It seems so obvious because it is such a marvelous idea. Book Marks, a book review aggregator, launched by Literary Hub is a perfect example of this. There are so many great things about this new literary offering. Book Marks can be thought of as a crowdsourcing site for book reviews, such as Goodreads, Amazon, or Library Thing, but how and why the particular books get selected for inclusion is key. A book grade is given to each book based on multiple critical book reviews that appear in the “the most important and active outlets of literary journalism in America.” Book Marks “aggregates reviews from more than 70 sources—newspapers, magazines, and websites—and average them into a letter grade, as well as linking back to their source.” The belief is “that Book Marks will lead more readers to reviews, and amplify critics’ voices in a way that benefits readers and writers alike…[and will] help readers discover books, while spotlighting books that deserve more attention.”

Categories of interest to business readers are Social Sciences and Technology. Selected books for business professionals so far on Book Marks include:

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg – B

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer – A-

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, by Virginia Hefferman – B

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, by Duncan Clark – B

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, by Dan Lyons – B

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The universal mission of public libraries is to serve and meet the cultural and information needs of their local communities. The business community, without doubt, is an important sector and services are offered with the goal to help local businesses thrive. Unfortunately, many businesses do not know about all the wonderful resources that are available. Here is a list and reasons why businesses, both large and small, should be utilizing the offerings provided by public libraries. It is not necessary to physically visit the library, as most resources are available in 24/7 accessible digital formats.

Business Research Databases

Accessing quality business research data can be expensive and many times the high cost of business databases limits the purchasing of these types of resources. Most public libraries have at least one or two databases that provide company and industry information and access to key business and trade publications. Larger libraries provide access to many of the databases widely used in corporations. Databases that provide the ability to create targeted company lists for sales and supplier identification are commonly available.

Business Publications

It’s true that your business probably subscribes to the key trade publications that are important in the industry in which you practice. What to do when you want to read more than just a select few? The library has access to many key business journals, in addition to local and regional business newspapers (which are important for searching small, private companies). For general business, Zinio is a service that provides access to magazines online and there a Business/Finance genre where publications can be viewed/downloaded.

Business Books

The business book collection in your local library will contain titles that are hot off the press, popular titles, and classics. Business books can be expensive to purchase, which might limit the enthusiasm to read and keep current. Many books can be downloaded on a device of choice from Overdrive or Hoopla and enjoyed while you are commuting to work or jogging around the block.

Books, Music, and Movies for Enjoyment or Relaxation

Download or check out the latest best sellers, songs, or movies. Enjoying fiction and non-fiction books either by reading or listening to them lets you get far away from the stresses of work. Libraries have unique and excellent DVD collections that include hard-to-find foreign films and documentaries.

Access to Search Experts

Many librarians take on subject expert roles, and there is a good chance that one of your local librarians has expertise in business research. Tap into that knowledge to learn the best resources to use for your information need and how to perform research that gets results. Research and digging up information is what reference librarians truly love to do and the harder the challenge, the better!

Free Meeting Spaces

If you are a solopreneur and don’t want to meet clients at your home office (and want a break from the usual coffee shop) the library has small meeting rooms available for free.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Let the librarians find that obscure or hard-to-get article, report, or book. If your local library does not have what you need, the librarians can make a loan request to a lending library, anywhere in the country.

Free Wi-Fi and Computer Use

Many professionals do not work in an office and often work with a laptop anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection. Also, computers are available for use, along with printers and scanners. As a minimum, expect most to have all the Office applications available.

 

Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff have been named the winners of the National Business Book Award for their book, Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry. The award is co-sponsored by PwC and BMO Financial Group and is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.

“Losing the Signal is the riveting story of how BlackBerry engineered a spectacular technological upset of the twenty-first century. The company lost its way leading to the breakdown of one of the most successful partnerships in the history of Canadian business. The book sheds light on relationship between RIM’s founders, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, as the company evolved.”

The short list for this year’s National Business Book Award included:

  • John Stackhouse, Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution
  • William Watson, The Inequality Trap: Fighting Capitalism Instead of Poverty