Thursday, September 26, 2013

The 3 Books Amazon's Jeff Bezos Asks His Senior Managers To Read

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
Drucker is one of the principle founders of modern management theory, helping create and broadly popularize ideas that seem commonplace now, like the fact that companies should be decentralized rather than run via command and control, and "management by objectives," where both leaders and employees work toward a set of goals they understand and agree on. This particular book focuses on how to develop the personal habits of time management and effective decision-making that allow an executive to stay productive and contribute their best to an organization.

The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
This book, first published in 1997, can safely be called one of the most influential business books of all time. Even if the term "disruption" has since been co-opted by the startup world and dramatically overused, his core theory of how businesses get disrupted is just as relevant today. New technology allows smaller companies to make cheaper products, which at first appeal only to customers at the margins. But before the largest businesses realize it, they take over entire markets.

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
The last book is very different from the two previous ones. It's not a classical business book based on a series of studies of a real-world company, but is instead a novel about a manager tasked with turning around a failing manufacturing plant. It sounds strange, but it was a best-seller and has helped spawn business theories in its own right.

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