Business Greatest Hits: Mastering the Brightest Minds of Modern Business

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Part of the Greatest Hits series, Business Greatest Hits by Kevin Duncan is an essential business resource that utilizes an effective and time-efficient approach to mastering the best ideas of modern business and staying up-to-date on topics most widely discussed by upper management.

The first ten chapters of the book give in-depth examination of critical topics in business. That is followed by quick summaries of the most talked-about and thought-provoking work from the ...

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Overview

Part of the Greatest Hits series, Business Greatest Hits by Kevin Duncan is an essential business resource that utilizes an effective and time-efficient approach to mastering the best ideas of modern business and staying up-to-date on topics most widely discussed by upper management.

The first ten chapters of the book give in-depth examination of critical topics in business. That is followed by quick summaries of the most talked-about and thought-provoking work from the best business books published, including Freakonomics, Nudge, and Built to Last.

The Greatest Hits books are just that: They help you stay on top of the ever-changing mountain of new business theory and practice models in a format that distills an enormous amount of information and insight into memorable digests that will enable you to finally cross these must-read books off your business reading list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408126431
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Duncan is a marketing consultant and author. He has written five books, including Running Your Own Business (Teach Yourself series), and So What?, Start, and Tick Achieve (all published by Cyan). They have been translated into a range of languages, including French, Polish, Russian and Arabic. He has worked with many high-profile clients in his consultancy, including BT, Ogilvy, Orange and Saatchi & Saatchi.

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Table of Contents

Overview: What's the book all about? 1

Chapter 1 Black Swans and Flat Worlds: The Big Themes 9

Is there a pattern or is everything random? 10

Fooled by Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Relying on what you think you know: a dangerous game? 12

The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The power of context: how strong is it? 15

Outliers Malcolm Gladwell

Freakonomics Levitt Dubner

How much of a push do people need? 18

Nudge Thaler Sunstein

Sway Brafman Brafman

Global influences on local business 22

The World is Flat Thomas L. Friedman

Has the Internet changed everything? 25

Wikinomics Tapscott Williams

Chapter 2 Questions, Lies and the Tiger That Isn't: Business Strategy Unravelled 29

The macho old school approach and world domination 30

Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Executives Donald Krause

Can you condense business strategy down to just one question? 33

The Ultimate Question Fred Reichheld

What happens when businesses give away their products for free? 36

Free Chris Anderson

How to organise your information 39

Six Thinking Hats Edward de Bono

Six Frames Edward de Bono

Lies, damned lies and statistics: how not to be fooled by data and jargon 43

Liar's Paradise Graham Edmonds

The Tiger That Isn't Blastland Dilnot

Why people make the decisions they do 47

The Logic of Life Tim Harford

Chapter 3 Screw it, Let's Do it: The Elusive Art of Leadership 51

Let's start with a fair question 52

Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? Goffee Jones

Are some leaders smarter than others? 55

Smart Leadership Yudelowitz Koch Field

Drawing the received wisdom together 58

How to Lead Jo Owen

Leadership for Dummies Loeb Kindel

How to be a maverick leader 61

The Seven-Day Weekend Ricardo Semler

Applying your own style 64

Screw it, Let's Do it Richard Branson

Chapter 4 The Classics: Old Hat or Still Relevant? 69

Lessons from the best-run companies 70

In Search of Excellence Peters Waterman

Shattering myths and ensuring long-term success 74

Built to Last Collins Porras

Good to Great Jim Collins

A contrary view: all this is no more reliable than storytelling 80

The Halo Effect Phil Rosenzweig

Intuition and action 83

Making it Happen John Harvey-Jones

Alternative views and a twisted future? 85

The Age of Unreason Charles Handy

Chapter 5 Creativity: Can You Learn it? 91

How different minds work 92

A Whole New Mind Daniel H. Pink

Suggested methods for encouraging creativity 95

See Feel Think Do Milligan Smith

Randomness is good too 98

Purple Cow, Seth Godin

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite Paul Arden

Embracing new ideas 101

Here Comes Everybody Clay Shirky

Chapter 6 Organisation: How to Get on With it 105

Why bother? Hello Laziness Corinne Maier 106

How to be Idle Tom Hodgkinson

How large companies do it Execution Bossidy Charan 109

How small companies do it 112

Why Entrepreneurs Should Eat Bananas Simon Tupman

How you can do it 114

How to Get More Done, Getting Things Done Fergus O'Connell David Allen

Getting your attitude right 118

S.U.M.O. Faul McGee

Appendix I A New Business Manifesto 30 points that might help your business 123

Appendix II The One-Minute Summaries 127

Online Resources 187

Bibliography 191

Index 195

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