Reading for the fall: 11 of the mandatory books list Harvard business school

In the current abundance of business literature is easy to get confused. To help with the selection, the author HubSpot Lauren Hinz has studied the curricula at Harvard business school. To her surprise, most of the books were devoted to issues of leadership than Economics, marketing or best business practices.

Here are 11 interesting and important of the books she chose.

1. Lessons of outstanding leaders: How to develop and strengthen leadership qualities (True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership)


The book explains how and why a true leader can be any person. It is based on serious study and interviews with 125 known leaders. In particular, one of the authors, former CEO of Medtronic bill George, reveals the five steps to leadership:

1) know yourself;

2) define your values and leadership principles;

3) to understand their motives;

4) build group support;

5) to maintain an understanding of the most important things in life.

 2. Talent on demand (Talent on Demand)


Peter Capelli wrote this book to explore common problems in the management of people. It sets out four management principles that will allow you to transfer workers with the required skills at the right time. After reading the book you will learn how to combine the development of staff recruitment, will be better able to understand what people need, and improve the performance of your employees.


3. Money inventors: how venture capital creates new wealth (The Money of Invention: How Venture Capital Creates New Wealth)


A practical guide written by two industry experts, Paul Gompers and Josh Lerner, talks about the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in search of financing and venture capital solves these problems. The book also explains how corporations, state institutions and non-profit organizations can (and should) leverage the model of venture capital in their regions. No matter the industry in which you work, growth or decline, this book explains how to use venture capital to start or grow your business.

4. Uncomfortable Declaration: how one man changed the idea about the most unpopular organization in America (Many Unhappy Returns: One Man's Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization In America)


In 1997, the tax service of the USA was the biggest "customer base" in America — and the citizens were most unhappy with it. From the hearings it became known that the leadership constantly pressured staff to collect more fines and additionally accrued taxes. Some of them anonymously admitted that tax inspectors pulled out of taxpayers ' non-existent debt. In 1997, Charles Rossotti became the first businessman, who headed the internal revenue service and he was commissioned to rebuild the organ. In this book he has told a fascinating story of leadership and transformation of the organization.


5. The curve of ambition: what is the way of the leader (The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey)


Can you guess what the difference between a mediocre and an incredibly successful person? Two international experts in the field of management, Jim Ciampi and Nitin Noria, say that the key ingredient is ambition. Their book is a practical guide to the use of your personal and professional ambitions. The book details dozens of leaders from various fields.


6. How Cup for Cup built Starbucks (Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time )


Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, a distinguished and highly respected leader. His book tells in detail about one of the most victorious business stories of recent decades. Starbucks started with one coffee shop in Seattle and has grown into an international Corporation. In this book, Schultz reveals the fundamental principles that define Starbucks, and shares his wisdom.


7. Give freedom to innovation: how Whirlpool made the industry (Unleasing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry)


The book lays out the ins and outs of one of the most innovative, successful turns in American history. Its author — Nancy Snyder, Vice-President of Bosch innovation. Snyder tells how Bosch had a radical change of the embedded changes and innovations in their daily life that eventually brought her to the profitability.

8. Sticky: why some ideas survive and others die? (Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die)


Why do some ideas thrive, while others don't even have a chance of survival? And how to bring ideas ability to fight? In this book, written by excellent educators Chip and Dan HEEs contain answers to the difficult questions associated with how ideas become popular and how to ensure their survival in the future.


9. Blue ocean strategy (Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant)


This book is based on studying more than 150 strategic decisions, including the experience of companies with more than a century of history operating in thirty industries. The authors Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne convince the reader that a successful business is built by creating "blue oceans" — untapped new markets. More than one million copies of this book have been sold worldwide, is a "must-read" for entrepreneurs and managers.


10. Extension excellence: getting to more without settling for less (Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less)


Author of several business bestsellers Robert Sutton and his Stanford colleague huggy RAO write about the inevitability with which sooner or later faces any company extension. We are talking about how to make your company bigger, faster and even more efficiently than before. The authors have devoted nearly a decade studying how to get the staff's exemplary work and how to make an excellent organization even stronger. The book describes case studies and research from the mass of areas, from Finance to tech and education.


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11. Data science for business (Data Science for Business)


The book, written by two internationally acknowledged experts in the field of data science foster Provosta and Tom Fawcett, explains the fundamental principles of data science. Step by step she shows how the analytical thinking required, in order to benefit from any data that the organization collects. It is based on an MBA course, one of the authors at new York University, which he led for ten years, and it lists the many problems faced by the business.published




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