Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson. Virgin CEO Richard Branson (Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting into Space, 2011, etc.) offers a stirring vision for a "new capitalism" that makes doing good for society a top business priority. A maverick whose Virgin Group companies incorporate socially beneficial initiatives, the author seems to have anticipated the demands ("People Not Profits!") of Occupy Wall Street, observing that people are becoming more aware of unfairness.
Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business by Erik Qualman. Online word of mouth, social search, social commerce, and the influence of peer groups are making traditional marketing strategies obsolete. As a result, we no longer have a choice on whether we do social media; the question is how well we do it. www.barnesandnobl...
In Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world’s most recognized and respected entrepreneurs. A blend of responses to some of the most popular questions he has been asked by people across the globe and an assortment of his reflections on the ups and downs of running successful companies, this book brings together his best advice on all things business.
"Screw It, Let's Do It" is one of Richard's favourite sayings. In the book of the same name he reveals the lessons that have helped him through his business and personal life, like believing it can be done and that if others disagree with you, try and try again until you achieve your goal; or that you must love what you do.
The $100 Startup. Highly recommended by one of my fave bloggers, The Nester! For more info and free PDF resources go to 100startup.com
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins, Morten Hansen The new question Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki. While our culture generally trusts experts and distrusts the wisdom of the masses, New Yorker business columnist Surowiecki argues that "under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them." www.barnesandnobl...
Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer. In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he's learned while developing the winning recipe for doing the business he calls "enlightened hospitality."
Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.
Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works. Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. byAdam Lashinsky