Category Archives: Business Books

Chris Fussel, One Mission

Team of Teams, distributed networks, knowledge management – all relevant topics in today’s increasingly complex environments. In most – if not all – large organizations, however, these efforts fail. They fail because of heavily ingrained tribal cultures that resist the… read more

David Kwong, Spellbound

Ostensibly a book about magic, David Kwong’s introduction lets the rabbit out of the hat: “The Business of Illusion”. In the seven chapters that follow, he illustrates the principles of magic as applied to the business world. If you are… read more

Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable

Technologist Kevin Kelly is in a unique position to map trends in the digital age, having been a first mover in the internet over 30 years ago as well as co-founding Wired. His credentials and experience are impeccable. Kelly’s… read more

Lupi and Posavec, Dear Data

A must for the visually-inclined and those interested in quantitative research. The premise of the book is simple: Pose a question about your daily routine (for example, the ambient noise in your surroundings), then collect data on it for a… read more

Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations

A seminal work on new forms of organization, based on decentralization and integral approaches to management. Reinventing Organizations begins with a lengthy section on the historical development of organizations centered around Ken Wilber’s AQAL map. If you are already familiar… read more

Robert Cialdini, Influence

This ground-breaking work by social psychology researcher Robert Cialdini combines insights from behavioral psychology and professional influencers such as advertisers to outline, as he puts it, “the weapons of influence”. The key to understanding influence as a weapon, he says,… read more

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

The title alone should be sufficient to scare off any skeptical, critical business person looking for empirical data and hard facts. Its author, Elizabeth Gilbert, rose to fame through Eat Pray Love, yet another nod to New Age hippiness and… read more

Ricardo Semler, The Seven-Day Weekend

Ricardo Semler: Industrialist, Entrepreneur, Maverick. Since 1975 he has been practicing business principles that only now are becoming trendy: decentralized execution, optional meetings, employee-set salaries. The difference? His business, Semco, is a multi-billion dollar B2B manufacturer / services provider read more

Brian Robertson, Holacracy

Holacracy – a new management paradigm or fashion trend? Brian Robertson’s book on the subject, written as founder of the company consultancy of the same name, is not an overview of decentralized management models. Instead, it very specifically targets the read more