Category: Business

It is private businesses, both large and small, that provide the goods and services that constitute our standard of living in the United States. Without private business, we would not have jobs, and that goes for those who work in government as well, since the money for their jobs comes from taxes paid by private businesses and the people who work for them. If our President is to preside over the economic situation of the country, then he must understand business intimately and see it as an ally, not a threat. He must understand how government can help businesses, and how it can hurt.

  1. Lean Solutions by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

    Overview (from Amazon.com) A massive disconnect exists between consumers and providers today. Consumers have a greater selection of higher quality goods to choose from and can obtain these items from a growing number of sources. Computers, cars, and even big-box … Continue reading

  2. Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson

    Overview (from Amazon.com) Imagine a workplace where employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00, or begging for permission to watch your … Continue reading

  3. 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

    Overview (from Amazon.com) 12: The Elements of Great Managing is the long-awaited sequel to the 1999 runaway bestseller First, Break All the Rules. Grounded in Gallup’s 10 million employee and manager interviews spanning 114 countries, 12 follows great managers as … Continue reading

  4. The Google Story by David A. Vise

    General Overview (from Amazon.com) Social phenomena happen, and the historians follow. So it goes with Google, the latest star shooting through the universe of trend-setting businesses. This company has even entered our popular lexicon: as many note, “Google” has moved … Continue reading

  5. Linchpin by Seth Godin

    General Overview “The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.” In bestsellers such as Purple Cowand … Continue reading

  6. The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton M. Christensen

    General Overview Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma) analyzes the strategies that allow corporations to successfully grow new businesses and outpace the other players in the marketplace. Christensen’s earlier book examined how focusing on profits can destroy even well-run corporations, while this … Continue reading

  7. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

    General Description (from Amazon.com) What do the Honda Supercub, Intel’s 8088 processor, and hydraulic excavators have in common? They are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets. These products did not … Continue reading

  8. Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

    General Overview (from Amazon.com) In the revised and updated edition of Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, authors James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones provide a thoughtful expansion upon their value-based business system based on … Continue reading

  9. The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman

    General Description (from Publisher’s Weekly) Fishman shops at Wal-Mart and has obvious affection for its price-cutting, hard-nosed ethos. He also understands that the story of Wal-Mart is really the story of the transformation of the American economy over the past … Continue reading

  10. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

    General Description (from Amazon.com) What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer: “I race motorcycles in Europe.” “I ski in the Andes.” “I … Continue reading

  11. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

    General Description (from Amazon.com) On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. Fast food is so ubiquitous … Continue reading

  12. Big Picture MBA by Peter Navarro

    General Description (from Amazon.com) This course is designed to give listeners an overview of the MBA degree – one of the most valuable graduate degrees available. The focus is on the major courses taught in the core curriculum at any … Continue reading

  13. The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

    General Description (from Amazon.com) Statesman, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor . . . Benjamin Franklin is synonymous with American ingenuity and achievement. It’s no coincidence that his face is on the hundred dollar bill. In “The Way to Wealth,” Franklin reveals–through his … Continue reading

  14. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

    Reviews “Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in REWORK, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals’ success and inspiring us to put them into practice.  There’s no jargon or filler here just hundreds of … Continue reading