image is the book cover, from the first link in the list below I'm going to start this list of books with one that I haven't read yet...because it was recently published, and it is good to keep current. I'm also including two books that appeared on the NYT list I talked about in a post last week, as well as one movie. The rest of the items on the list have either helped my business students in the past, or have helped me develop my own basic literacy regarding business and finance concepts. Bailout , by Neil Barofsky: This is a new book, by the Special Inspector General over the Troubled Asset Relief Program ( TARP ) that averted the "too big to fail" banking crisis in 2008. The link is to a NYT review by Jackie Calmes, July 24, 2012. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business , by Charles Duhigg: I've blogged about this book and this book is on the NYT list. Steve Jobs , by Walter Isaacson: another from the NYT list--an in-depth biography of both a person and the story of a business. Does Someone At Work Treat You Badly? , by Leonard Felder: In spite of its whiny title, this book gives practical hints on how to be successful at work by taking personal responsibility for your part in your business interactions. One of the reviews especially recommends the book to people seeking their first professional job. Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening , by Matthew and Terces Engelhart: This book is written by the CEOs of Cafe Gratitude, an expanding chain of vegan restaurants. It delineates how business processes can be set up for profit--while maintaining and strengthening the personal values of sustainability and social justice. Please Understand Me II , by David Keirsey: This book gets my all-time award for the BEST book with the WORST TITLE. (Now that electronic books are popular--just buy it in electronic form.) In any event, my students tell me that it is the most useful book ever--in business and personal life. Over 20 copies of this book have been "permanently borrowed" by students or returned months later, well-worn. Keirsey has developed a shortened version of the Myers-Briggs temperment inventory that categorizes individuals into 16 types. The book's thesis is that a person cannot really change much about his or her basic approach to the world. The corollary: it is fruitless to try to change anyone else's basic set of strengths and weaknesses. The book describes how to skillfully understand and use people's differences to be most effective. There are sections about which professions are most suited to each type, why sibling might have very different views of family dynamics, and how different types interact. Most importantly for business students, there is a section about how to manage other people, based on their personality type . Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street , by Michael Lewis: This book, based on the author's experience as a broker, illuminates both the power politics within the firm, and the effect of the kinds of business transacted on the economy. It is funny, accessible, and informative. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable , by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A "black swan" is a rarity. This book focuses on monumental but surprising events ( e.g ., Google's huge success, 9/11, stock market crashes). These "exceptions" are predictable based on statistics, but are hard to anticipate because of the human mind's tendency to look for a narrative arc--a story--that will explain things. It builds on Taleb's ideas from Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Markets and in Life . Thank God It's Monday! , by Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith: This book is a graduate education in how to create work environments that inspire individuals by maximizing 14 core values. It is a manual about how to be a leader in today's rapidly changing work environments. Margin Call : this is not a book--it is a movie. It is 24 hours of crisis in a Wall Street investment banking firm, that illuminates personal decision-making, corporate finance, and business ethics. The link is to Netflix. image from netflix Follow up : Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? If not, which one appeals to you the most? What was the last book you read that was not assigned for class? Did it relate to business? What business book recommendations do you have? What business movie recommendations do you have?
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