Books That Can Give Your Career a Boost

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2013-12-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you curious about what your CEO likes to see in up-and-coming talent? Or what non-tech sciences can offer with respect to making smart business decisions—whether in IT or other organizational areas? Or how to effectively manage the onslaught of big data to further strategies, while not allowing your department to become overwhelmed by it all? If you want the answers to these questions, you're in luck. The following 10 winter books offer tremendous insights about these and other business and technology topics. Given that social media and customer relationship management go hand in hand, for example, one of these books focuses on how to stay ahead of the consumer expectation curve. Another tome explores how companies can take better advantage of big data internally in order to nurture a new breed of highly engaged, productive employees. And another book examines the qualities of military people that would greatly help businesses stay ahead of the competitive curve. You'll want to check out some of these books—or give them as gifts during this holiday season. (All included release dates are subject to change.)

 
 
 
  • Analytics for Leaders: A Performance Measurement System for Business Success

    By N. I. Fisher, Cambridge University Press, Available: December. Backed by more than 20 years of R&D, this book offers concise but complete best practices for establishing an enterprisewide performance management system.
    Analytics for Leaders: A Performance Measurement System for Business Success
  • Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need To Know to Get Ahead

    By Betty Liu, Wiley, Available: December. Award-winning Bloomberg television host Betty Liu dispenses the wisdom of the world's best CEOs in an insightful, practical guide for professional success.
    Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need To Know to Get Ahead
  • Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

    By Larry Downes and Paul F. Nunes, Portfolio/Penguin, Available: January. Disruptive innovation is happening faster than ever—and it's coming from all directions. Find out how business strategies must adapt.
    Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation
  • Open Data Now

    By Joel Gurin, McGraw-Hill Professional, Available: January. Gurin explores how open data within public records will create new jobs, applications and other technology innovations.
    Open Data Now
  • Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information

    By Itamar Simonson and Emanuel Rosen, HarperBusiness, Available: January. Customers are armed with more information than ever, thanks to review and price comparison sites. Absolute Value illustrates how organizations must respond with new strategic frameworks.
    Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, W. W. Norton & Company, Available: January. In an age in which Google invents autonomous cars and IBM's Watson dominates on Jeopardy!, Second Machine Age examines how tech is reinventing our lives and the global economy.
    The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  • The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems

    By Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B/ Rasmussen, Harvard Business Review Press, Available: February. A practical guide to decision making based on innovative research in the social sciences.
    The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems
  • The Decoded Company: Know Your People Better Than You Know Your Customers

    By Leerom Segal, Aaron Goldstein, Jay Goldman, Rahaf Harfoush, Portfolio/Penguin, Available February. Use internal metrics to understand employees better, fostering engagement, team formation and professional development.
    The Decoded Company: Know Your People Better Than You Know Your Customers
  • Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less

    By Robert I. Sutton and Hayagreeva Rao, Crown Business, Available February. Explore how to solve the puzzle of "more" by scaling up excellence instead of sacrificing it.
    Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less
  • Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave Is Driving New Business Opportunities

    By Christopher Surdak, AMACOM Available: February. Every move customers make online can be tracked, catalogued, and analyzed. Companies must effectively leverage this information—but avoid drowning in it.
    Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave Is Driving New Business Opportunities
  • Courage to Execute: What Elite U.S. Military Units Can Teach Business about Leadership and Team Performance

    By James D. Murphy, Wiley, Available: February. From the battlefield to the conference room: How military techniques can help work teams outperform the competition.
    Courage to Execute: What Elite U.S. Military Units Can Teach Business about Leadership and Team Performance
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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