5 Business Books of 2015 Worth Reading

Looking for new business readings? Here is our selection for best business books worth reading of 2015.

Game Theory and Strategy For Business Explained

Do you feel as if your work life is not quite as productive as it could be? You go to work every day, but you feel like your business is absolutely not booming?

Trust me, I know how that feels, and I know that this is the book that will change your career for the better!

This book talks about game theory for business, a proven strategic method that really works.

You can use game theory to boost your work life permanently, and learn how to make good decisions that will benefit you—something that everyone should know how to do.

Your Best Day: A Guide To Make the Most Out of Any Day

This guide will show you how to get the best out of your day and to do more things than you thought it would even be possible!

Your Work Routine: Habits for Organized Way of Working

Have you ever felt frustrated for being late, disorganized or forgetful? Well, our guess is that you have and we are here to tell you that you should not feel that way and that we can lend a hand if you are looking for help. This book can help.

Corporate Scandals: Crime in the Age of Big Business 

In our current age of big business, it seems that everyone is looking for ways to make more money, acquire more power, and be more successful. However, from start-up companies to corporate empires that stretch back centuries, the temptations of greed and power often lead to corruption, fraud, unfair business practices, loophole-hunting, and even murder. The often shocking nature of business culture and society’s fascination with it puts corporate scandals in the spotlight every year around the world. This book gathered the stories from some of the most unbelievably bold, brilliant, and ultimately doomed corporate scandals in history, giving you a fast-paced ride through the dark side of big business

Lean Project Management Explained 

This book introduces lean project management. Lean is extremely versatile, as can be seen in the profound effect it has had on the success of organizations in wide-ranging sectors of business – from manufacture to government administration. This versatility does not end with the overhaul of company cultures and production systems in different industry sectors. Lean can be adapted and utilized on a much smaller scale: project management.

 

 

 

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Career development in the hyperconnected world

In this day and age, nobody thinks of his or her current job as a lifelong commitment. Not only is this mindset no longer practical for the average worker, it’s also downright unappealing: people want careers that span different roles across different organizations and that tap into their deeper desires and potential. The changes in the nature of work are simultaneously extremely exciting and a bit scary. How does today’s professional navigate and continue to develop a career that will involve changing course multiple times? (more…)

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How to run a business like Amazon: the reputation factor

Advertising and marketing has been around for thousands of years, in some fashion, but it has grown into an impressive industry in the past century, and companies now rely on getting the word out about their company in a variety of different ways. Billions of dollars are spent every year just to make sure that the right people are seeing a company name in a favorable light. A much less expensive approach that some of the more successful companies in the world rely on is quite ancient in itself – word of mouth. A great company that delivers top quality products and services can always count on people telling friends, family, and even strangers on the street about notably extraordinary service and reliability. Logistics, customer service, and a truly outstanding relationship with customers is something that most companies would beg, borrow, and steal for, but by putting those qualities at the forefront of company strategy, certain businesses get that irreplaceably valuable advertising for free. (more…)

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4 things that make you waste time at work

When you’re at work, you want to be productive. You don’t want to get in trouble with your boss, you want to look good for that promotion, and you want as much of your work done by 5 as possible so you don’t have to take it home. So what are the things that are killing your productivity? Here’s a quick look.

1. IMing. Whether you’re using facebook, gchat, Skype, or another IM client, IMing is a huge time waster. Sure, it’s super-convenient because you don’t have to get up to ask your co-workers questions, but it’s far too easy for the chatter to get off topic, or at least off topics relevant to the work that you are currently trying to complete. Save time by not signing in to IM programs at work in the first place or by setting your status to away.

2. Too much email. Sometimes, it’s actually quicker to just get up and go ask a question. You don’t have to wait for each response and, of course, you can communicate more quickly – and more precisely – in person. Sometimes the answers you get in person are more valuable, too, because you can read the other person’s body language and see how their non-verbal cues reflect on what they are saying.

3. Tiny scheduling gaps. When you have 15 or 20 minutes between meetings or appointments, there’s not much productive you’re liable to accomplish in that time. You’ll maybe respond to some emails – which may have been answered more quickly in person – and then kill some time at the water cooler. There’s pretty much nothing worthwhile you get done, though. Scheduling your appointment back-to-back can prevent those little 15-minute breaks. Of course, that only really works for meetings and conference calls within the office; if you’re attending an outside appointment you’ll need to allow time for commuting.

4. Multi-tasking. You might be good at multi-tasking, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Multi-tasking is one of the ways that it’s really easy to get sucked into IM chats and lengthy email exchanges. If you don’t see yourself as wasting time IMing, but rather as being doubly productive by IMing while you write up that report … well, you’re still IMing. Sometimes multi-tasking can just distract you from the task at hand. Set specific times for doing things like answering your voice mails and responding to emails. Don’t just answer every call, IM, and email and chalk it up to multi-tasking. You might still flip back and forth between a couple tasks at once, but make sure that those tasks don’t include any of the major time wasters. Those should just be dealt with at designated times.

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Creativity is king

The most successful companies are those that are innovative, whether that means coming up with a completely new product or service, or reinventing something in a clever or unique way. This focus on innovation is nothing new, as it has always been one of the important ingredients of industry and societal expansion, but it is now becoming the bedrock on which certain industries sit. Particularly now, in the age of the Internet, social media, and speed-of-light transmission of information and ideas, innovation is the currency of the realm. Creativity is king. The traditional ebb and flow of new ideas impacting markets and business models is now a daily maelstrom of change that businesses must be able to handle and adapt to instantly.

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#1 change in leadership thinking

The world of business is changing, and in order to survive and flourish in the new environment of modern business, old ways of thinking must evolve. We have entered the generation of cool, the era of the alternative, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that the further outside the box a leader is willing to think, the more success they are bound to find. The old traditions of three piece suits, business luncheons, time cards and cubicles are going the way of the fax machine. In this age of instantaneous communication and a globalized economy of knowledge where innovation is king, it is only natural that the principles of business and leadership will require a fundamental overhaul to stay relevant and practical.

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The startup boom

For one thing, the cost of startups in the technology sector is dwindling. This means an explosion of new and lucrative and potential risky entrepreneurial activity. To compete in this landscape understanding the value of creativity and innovation in your employees is essential. All businesses should be working on strategies to promote innovation across all levels of their organizations.

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The one thing I have learned from Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh invested in the idea for Zappos in 2000, and then quickly became the company’s CEO. He didn’t want to make the same mistakes as he had in his first business, so he instituted the lessons he had learned and made sure that the company culture was well founded and understood by every single member of the team. He had no interest in sitting in his office and reaping profits; he wanted to build something important and impacting, a unique destination for customers and employees alike. (more…)

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How to mobilize the creative potential of your team

Once you have people in place that are capable of handling this new fast-paced style of business, you need to find a way to harness their creative potential, without suffocating them in the routine of traditional business administration. As an example, alternative offices in some of the most cutting-edge companies barely resemble the cubicle and water cooler blueprint of many office buildings in the past. They are spaces designed specifically for interaction, social engagement, and the sharing of ideas. Creative and innovative people do not function well in rigid, regimented settings. They need to be able to work within their comfort zone, before they can begin to think outside the box, and that will require more than instituting “Casual Fridays”.

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How to lead like James Dyson

James Dyson is the embodiment of determination and dedication, not only to himself, but to his cause. Most entrepreneurs, without financial backing, wouldn’t risk $40,000 on an idea, let alone $4 million, and they wouldn’t have the patience to try 50 different models of a new product, whereas Dyson tried over 5,000. If you glance at the first 40 years of Dyson’s life, you may judge him as a failure, but if you look at his entire 66 years, you might judge him as one of the most innovative and successful businessmen on the planet. However, the most impressive thing about this visionary British business mogul is not the ingenious nature of his designs, but rather the stubborn drive to realize his dreams, no matter what the cost.

He risked his family, his house, his reputation, and his future in order to make his vision into a reality, and for that, he stands above much of the timid and secure leaders of the modern business world. He embraced failure as a learning tool for so many years that it must have become synonymous with going to work. He was ahead of his time with many of his ideas, and as is often the case with visionary thinkers, he was also going against the grain of popular culture and the market of his chosen industry. He wasn’t looking to fall into the rat race of product design; he wanted to create a completely new sport instead.

The new generation of leadership must be confident enough to spread their creativity in all directions, both forward and behind, so long as they don’t become stuck in the present and remain stagnant and comfortable. Labeling something as “good enough” cannot be in the vocabulary of an entrepreneur, innovator, or corporate leader, because that implies being content with something less than perfection. Today, at the Dyson laboratories, more than 600 engineers disassemble and reassemble the products that they have already “perfected”, trying to constantly update and improve the things which hundreds of others may have already overlooked. These might be the most creative minds of the industry, but they have been taught by a master of diligence and detail that nothing can be overlooked, and that perfection is never to be assumed.

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