Book Recommendations – What I read and think you should too.
Here are some of the books I have read lately and recommend. Click on the link and it will take you directly to places where you can get a copy.
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy
If you are serious about strategy work, then you probably already read this book. If not, go get it now.
Good strategy, bad strategy is full of very actionable insights on creating good strategy and identifying bad strategy. Full of examples and definitions that comes in very handy.
Bulletproof problem solving
If you ever wondered how the top business consultants go about doing such effective problem solving on the stop, look no further. This is the book for you.
Another book that is full of very actionable insights, tools, approaches and suggestions and thoroughly illustrated by interesting case studies.
The Startup Way
Eric Ries is back. This is the real follow up to the great Lean Startup and build upon the same ideas but make it much more actionable for cases outside the Startup world. If you ever wondered if the Lean startup methodology would work for the company you work for, here’s the answer for you: it does.
It doesn’t have to be crazy at work
It is not only you who feels like everybody is crazy busy these days. Feeling busy, talking about being busy and showing it off is the new status symbol of our current era. In this book Jason Friend and David H. Hanson (DHH) show exactly why they believe that It doesn’t have to be crazy at work. It is not only the title of the book and an essay to follow up. They go to great lengths to show all the ways they have actually acted on it in their company.
The McKinsey way
If you ever wondered what it feels like being a McKinsey consultant this book will give you a flavor. It will also give you a glimpse (not a lecture) into how McKinsey consultants approach some of the most common problem-solving scenarios they deal on a daily basis. Another example of how much-structured problem-solving skills are valued and sought after these days.
This book changed the way I work, the way I analyze work and the way I improve work. Yes, it is that good.
Mike Rother brings one of the most practical looks at what the good things Toyota production culture brings to the table and above all what are the key factors in order to succeed in implementing it.
Skin in the Game
Nassim Taleb at his best. I learned a lot about asymmetries in relation to who decides and who pays the price. It is always interesting to think about politicians making decisions in situations they only have the upside. Corporate barons deciding on processes they will not have to use (no downside for them) etc etc.