The holidays are a time I like to use to catch up on the backlog of business books that are on my bookshelf. Maybe you have one of these bookshelves too…it’s full of books that you keep meaning to read but simply can’t find the time to do so.
I managed to catch up on my reading a bit during some recent business travel and over the holidays, including a few technology and business books that I found extremely insightful and valuable.
So, if you have a New Year’s resolution to read more and stay abreast of technology and business trends in 2015, here are five books that I’d recommend.
Three were published recently and two are classics, but I believe all are relevant for today’s business environment. Happy reading!
The Network Always Wins by Peter Hinssen
Hinssen explores the age of networks and how organizations can make the most of opportunities in this new era of business and respond to the ever-changing environment with agility.
Critical Knowledge Transfer by Dorothy Leonard, Walter Swap & Gavin Barton
When highly skilled employees retire or leave their organizations, they often take years of valuable experience and knowledge with them.
This book includes tools and techniques for how to transfer and retain this ‘deep smart’ knowledge.
The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr
Carr looks at history, science and research studies to explore the impact of pervasive technology and automation from a personal and economic perspective.
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
As business becomes more global and the world becomes more connected, this classic book continues to be relevant and insightful, Friedman outlines the challenges and opportunities arising from globalization and how governments, societies and businesses must adapt.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Through a fictional business scenario, Lencioni’s bestseller on teambuilding identifies five common traits that cause teams to struggle and how to overcome them. The book highlights characteristics of high-performing teams and actionable steps to build cohesive, effective teams.