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10 unmissable books from 2017

Here is our selection of 10 of the best business books published in 2017. Topics covered include team management, resilience, transformation, motivation, platform companies and more… We are certain that at least one of these books is right for you. From the whole team at Business Digest, happy reading!

Extreme Teams : Why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail

by Robert Bruce Shaw (Amacom, February 2017)
Do you face the challenge of building and leading a new team? Revitalizing a stagnant one? Robert Shaw invites you to consider the key paradoxes of teamwork that the extraordinary teams at 7 of the world’s most cutting-edge companies have all mastered in their own unique ways!

Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future

by Scott Anthony, Clark Gilbert et Mark Johnson (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2017)
“The threat of disruption is also the greatest opportunity that a leadership team will ever have to reinvent itself” – this is the key message of co-authors Scott Anthony, Clark Gilbert and Mark Johnson. They guide you to achieve your own strategic transformation with success, and draw up a list of the leadership skills that are required in order to succeed in such transformations: courage, clarity, curiosity and conviction.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Knopf, April 2017)
When the going gets rough, as it inevitably does, what steps can you take to help yourself and others? After an unexpected personal tragedy, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and co-author Adam Grant (of Give and Take fame) advocate for a more resilient approach to leadership based on values of openness, authenticity, and humility.

One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams

by Chris Fussell et C.W. Goodyear (Portfolio, June 2017)
Too often, companies end up with teams stuck in their own silos. In a world that demands constant adaptation, communication is key. Fussell, author of the best seller Teams of Teams, channels all his experiences (both military and corporate) into unique strategies to unify you and your colleagues under one goal, and thereby improve collaboration.

Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything

by Ulrich Poser (Rondale Books, March 2017)
Learning is too often conflated with memorizing quantities of information, and then applying this knowledge to diverse situations. According to Ulrich Boser, this approach is inefficient. He believes that how we learn matters as much as what we learn. In his book, he covers six key steps to help you “learn how to learn”, and fully capitalize on your brain’s multiple abilities.

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

by Tim Wu (Atlantic Books, 2017)
Between incessant email notifications and constant online advertising, we have a hard time staying focused. Tim Wu explains that this isn’t the inevitable result of technological evolution but rather the outcome of an entire industry built on harvesting our attention.In his book, the author describes the war for your attention and how to defend yourself.

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

by Andrew McAfee et Erik Brynjolfsson (W. W. Norton & Company; June 2017)
In today’s world, producing high tech products is not enough to ensure profits and a seat at the leaders’ table. In their latest book, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson encourage you to adopt a much more global vision in order to enhance your digital transformation, which, in their opinion, must rest on 3 key trends: machine, platform, and crowd.

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (HarperCollins, May 2017)
Every day, internet searches total eight trillion gigabytes of data. Everybody Lies investigates this data, and reveals who we really are and what really think. Questions such as : Does where you go to school affect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? are easily answered when using the internet as a tool. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz demonstrates the extent to which the world that surrounds us is a lab and encourages us to think differently.

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

by Satya Nadella (HarperBusiness, September 2017)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is lesser known, compared to the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. In his book, Nadella tells the inside story of a company that constantly transforms and innovates. Hit Refresh is about individual and corporate change, and the part technology plays in it. Nadella explores how artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other innovative tech products are disrupting the world as we know it, and how to adapt yourself to it.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth

by W. Chan Kim et Renée Mauborgne (Hachette Books, September 2017)
Nearly a decade after their first book Blue Ocean Strategy sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide, professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne offer a groundbreaking book: Blue Ocean Shift. They guide you to think out of the box, and help you move from a ‘red ocean’, crowded with competition to a ‘blue ocean’ of uncontested market space.

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