Barbara’s Top Dozen Business Strategy Books for 2012

Barbara Gray, CFA – December 11, 2012 – I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the words of wisdom from the top dozen business strategy books I have read over the past few years. As this is just a small sampling of the list of nearly 70 business strategy books we currently feature in our Brady Capital Research Library, I encourage you to check out our full list here:  http://bradycap.com/library/. Happy reading over the holidays!
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Wisdom from the Founders of Heart & Soul Companies

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“People want to do business with companies they respect and trust, especially in the current climate, when they are being more discerning and are scrutinizing their purchases.” – Howard Schultz (Founder, Starbucks Corporation)

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

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“…as Maslow asked in his book Eupsychian Management, “Where do you put consumer good will and consumer loyalty in your balance sheet?”” – Chip Conley (Founder, Joie de Vivre)

Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow

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Today search literacy is not enough. The bigger advantage is gained by network literacy: knowing how to conceptualize, access, and benefit from the information flowing through your social network.” – Reid Hoffman (Founder, LinkedIn) & Ben Casnocha

The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

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Wisdom on Having a Greater Purpose

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 “…in many instances, qualitative factors may be more revealing than quantitative factors in drawing a picture of a company’s future performance.” – Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe, Jagdish N. Sheth

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose

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“Corporations have no choice but to rethink their values and behaviors – for the better. If you’re going to be naked, you’d better be buff!”Don Tapscott & David Ticoll

The Naked Corporation

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“…many of the key indicators of brand health are linked to social capital – word of mouth, trust, advocacy and loyalty.” – Guy Champniss & Fernando Rodes Vila

 

Brand Valued: How socially valued brands hold the key to a sustainable future and business success 

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“…if we want that bonus, that promotion, that raise, or that corner office, then what really counts is seeking Ricardian profit through Fordist work in Sloanite organizations that sell Marshallian products to be mutely consumed.” – Umair Haque

Betterness: Economics for Humans

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“We don’t have to live with organizations that are ethically challenged, inflexible, and inhuman.” – Gary Hamel

What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

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Wisdom on Innovation & Leading-Edge Ideas

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“Innovations, especially the radical ones, are at odds with the corporate culture and therefore hard to reckon with.” – Grant McCracken

Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football . . . Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas

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Spider organizations weave their webs over long periods of time, slowly amassing resources and becoming more centralized. But the starfish can take over an entire industry in the blink of an eye.” – Rod Beckstrom & Ori Brafman

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

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“…pull platforms tend to have increasing returns dynamics—the more participants and modules the platform can attract, the more valuable the platform becomes.” John Hagel, John Seely Brown, & Lang Davison

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

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 “In the future, the companies with tremendous “relationship capital” will be the ones to succeed.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

The Thank You Economy
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Disclosure: I have a LONG position in LinkedIn (LNKD-NYSE) and Starbucks (SBUX-NASDAQ)