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What do great enterprises have in common? What sort of person leads them? Where do the best new ideas come from? A single idea can help you find the next big thing, but it takes time to filter through hundreds of business books to find inspiration.With insightful commentaries on over a century of landmark writings, 50 Business Classics presents the great entrepreneur s What do great enterprises have in common? What sort of person leads them? Where do the best new ideas come from? A single idea can help you find the next big thing, but it takes time to filter through hundreds of business books to find inspiration.With insightful commentaries on over a century of landmark writings, 50 Business Classics presents the great entrepreneur stories, the best management thinking and the proven ideas on strategy, innovation and marketing - illuminated and clarified as never before, in one volume. 50 Business Classics presents the key ideas from classic texts such as My Years with General Motors and Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited to contemporary business lessons from the rise of tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon. It contains revealing biographies of luminaries like Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett, as well as lesser-known stories including creation of publishing giant Penguin and Chinese behemoth Alibaba. Here you'll find the texts and ideas that matter in: · Entrepreneurship · Leadership · Management · Strategy · Business history · Personal development · Technology and innovation Summarizing the smartest thinking for today's professional success, 50 Business Classics provides inspiration and insights for entrepreneurs, executives and students of business and management alike.


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What do great enterprises have in common? What sort of person leads them? Where do the best new ideas come from? A single idea can help you find the next big thing, but it takes time to filter through hundreds of business books to find inspiration.With insightful commentaries on over a century of landmark writings, 50 Business Classics presents the great entrepreneur s What do great enterprises have in common? What sort of person leads them? Where do the best new ideas come from? A single idea can help you find the next big thing, but it takes time to filter through hundreds of business books to find inspiration.With insightful commentaries on over a century of landmark writings, 50 Business Classics presents the great entrepreneur stories, the best management thinking and the proven ideas on strategy, innovation and marketing - illuminated and clarified as never before, in one volume. 50 Business Classics presents the key ideas from classic texts such as My Years with General Motors and Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited to contemporary business lessons from the rise of tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon. It contains revealing biographies of luminaries like Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett, as well as lesser-known stories including creation of publishing giant Penguin and Chinese behemoth Alibaba. Here you'll find the texts and ideas that matter in: · Entrepreneurship · Leadership · Management · Strategy · Business history · Personal development · Technology and innovation Summarizing the smartest thinking for today's professional success, 50 Business Classics provides inspiration and insights for entrepreneurs, executives and students of business and management alike.

30 review for 50 Business Classics: Your shortcut to the most important ideas on innovation, management and strategy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Summary: This book felt a bit like cheating, it's a summary of 50 classics. I'm glad I delved into it though because it helped me accrue a vast amount of well-distilled information. Lots of which came from dated books that I may not find relevant or palatable in their entirety. The author has a knack for this process of distillation, and seems to have made a career from it. The chapters are bite-sized, well formatted and the books are well chosen. I would recommend this book to anyone reading bus Summary: This book felt a bit like cheating, it's a summary of 50 classics. I'm glad I delved into it though because it helped me accrue a vast amount of well-distilled information. Lots of which came from dated books that I may not find relevant or palatable in their entirety. The author has a knack for this process of distillation, and seems to have made a career from it. The chapters are bite-sized, well formatted and the books are well chosen. I would recommend this book to anyone reading business books who wants to jump the queue or get a feel for what they do and don't want to read. The main message I took from this book is the 50 messages below. :P Each book in a nutshell: - There are no shortcuts to wealth, aside from right vocation, good character and perseverance - and don't forget to advertise. - Don't be afraid to be different. On entering any new field or an industry, aim to really shake it up and provide new value. - The wealth creator has a moral obligation to enrich the lives of others in whatever way they can. - Our civilisation is as much managerial as it is capitalist. - Society's interests are best served by giant monopolies which provide quality and lower prices for the consumer. - Bigger companies can fall into a trap in which it only makes sense to serve existing customers; but new customers and technologies are where the growth is. - Don't be cowed by the big players in your industry, or the people with credentials. The main ingredients in business success are vision, patience, and agility. - The measure of a company is not how much it can expand in good times, but whether it is able to withstand downturns and crises and carve out a long-term future. - Quality is not the result of an individual worker, but must be part of a system. - No one is born effective, just as no one is born a leader. Effectiveness depends on clarity of aims and the desire to contribute. - The best negotiators focus on principles, not attempts to manipulate. - Artificial intelligence and automation, as well as providing business possibilities, will transform the economic and political landscape. - The key to real prosperity in business is to work on your enterprise, not in it. - Thinking big is the basis of all great enterprises and fortunes. - Nothing really prepares you for leading an organisation and getting it through the inevitable crises. - Great products are about art as much as technology. - A few good books and practical experience will serve you just as well, or better, than going to business school. - Before anything else, the fundamental purpose in starting any new enterprise is to create meaning. - To fulfil their potential, people and organisations need higher-level goals that go beyond their own gain or profit. - There is always a huge market for things that people want that, with a sudden drop in price, they can now afford. - Companies make the mistake of focusing on the competition when they should be focused on creating big leaps in value for the customer. - Going into a line business solely to make money is rarely a good idea. Be motivated by the wish to make things better for people in some concrete way. - It is the simplifiers, not the innovators, who take the really big prizes in business. - It is one thing to survey customers about what they want, but quite another to actually be on their side. - Organisations increasingly find that they rise or fall depending on the quality of their teams. - Great innovations seem simple and obvious in hindsight. - Companies stop growing because they fail to correctly understand what business they are in. - Widely shared information and devolution of power can make an organisation unified and powerful. - People will naturally want to do their best for an organisation if they feel that their need for personal development is being met. - There is a distinct pattern to the acceptance of new products in the marketplace, ignorance of which doom many start-ups. - We waste too much energy trying to fix our weaknesses. Successful people single-mindedly work to amplify their strengths, - It's senseless trying to go head to head with an established leader of a product or category. Instead, develop a new product or service that you can be first in. - If you believe in your idea so much, be willing to be proven wrong on it by relentless testing and iteration. Whatever survives of the process you will know has a market. - More women at the top is not just good for its own sake; companies will only succeed if they are properly representative of half of their market. - Only by creating a culture of learning and innovation will you attract the right people to your enterprise. - Time, discipline, and focus are the most important ingredients in building a fortune. - Huge enterprises can be built by giving people a small moment of joy in their day. - Great companies are communities in which there is a genuine commitment to every member's potential being realised. - A person or organisation only really succeeds in a big way when they arrive at a crystal clear awareness of their purpose - what they are doing to advance others and the world. - The first rule of business is to create a real business that can be constantly ratcheted up and used to fund future growth. - A big company does not have to be bloated. With good management it can react quickly to changing market conditions. - Even when it loses you money in the short term, a radical desire to please the customer builds loyalty that makes for long-term success. - Willingness to fail frequently, while absorbing the lessons of failure and making constant adjustments, is the only real path to success. - Increased efficiency allows workers as well as managers and owners to prosper. - Competition is overrated. The most successful businesses are those which create a natural monopoly through the brilliance of their product. - The key to great corporate performance is not employing great people, as conventional wisdom says, but letting your existing people flower. - To succeed in business, balance boldness and promotion with patience, caution, and flexibility. - The visionary entrepreneur is not content to create a business, but must shape the future. - Never underestimate ow far you can go by just being yourself. - New practices in manufacturing and management have saved vast resources and brought higher-quality goods.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diego Leal

    Some summaries of some really good books. Introduction 1. P. T. Barnum – The Art of Money Getting (1880) There are no shortcuts to business success; good character is everything… and it helps to advertise 2. Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity (1998) Don’t be afraid to be different. On entering any new field or an industry, aim to really shake it up and provide new value 3. Andrew Carnegie – The Gospel of Wealth (1899) The wealth creator has a moral obligation to enrich the lives of others in w Some summaries of some really good books. Introduction 1. P. T. Barnum – The Art of Money Getting (1880) There are no shortcuts to business success; good character is everything… and it helps to advertise 2. Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity (1998) Don’t be afraid to be different. On entering any new field or an industry, aim to really shake it up and provide new value 3. Andrew Carnegie – The Gospel of Wealth (1899) The wealth creator has a moral obligation to enrich the lives of others in whatever way they can 4. Alfred Chandler – The Visible Hand (1977) It is not entrepreneurship but management that has brought the greatest advances in business 5. Ron Chernow – Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1998) Society’s interests are best served by giant monopolies which provide quality and lower prices for the consumer 6. Clayton Christensen – The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997) Businesses must purposefully engage in “disruptive innovation” if they are to survive and prosper 7. Duncan Clark – Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built (2016) Don’t be cowed by the big players in your industry. Vision, patience, and agility can see you outpace them 8. Jim Collins – Great by Choice (2011) Great companies outperform even in turbulent times 9. W. Edwards Deming – Out of the Crisis (1982) Enterprises with an extreme focus on quality, better systems and constant improvement have the edge 10. Peter Drucker – The Effective Executive (1967) Effectiveness at work depends on clarity of aims and the desire to contribute 11. Roger Fisher, William Ury & Bruce Patton – Getting To Yes (2011) Successful negotiation is based on principles, not pressure 12. Martin Ford – Rise of the Robots (2015) Automation and artificial intelligence will change the landscape of work and production forever 13. Michael E. Gerber – The E-Myth Revisited (2001) The key to real prosperity in business is to work on your enterprise, not in it 14. Conrad Hilton – Be My Guest (1957) Faith in your idea and thinking big are essential to building a great business 15. Ben Horowitz – The Hard Thing About Hard Things (2014) Nothing really prepares you for leading an organization and getting it through the inevitable crises 16. Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs (2011) A great vision can require shocking intensity to realize 17. Josh Kaufman – The Personal MBA (2010) You don’t have to spend a fortune getting a good business education 18. Guy Kawasaki – The Art of the Start (2004) The fundamental purpose in starting any new enterprise is to create meaning 19. John Kay – Obliquity (2010) Companies that put profits before mission inevitably falter in the long-term 20. Stuart Kells – Penguin and the Lane Brothers (2015) Build an enterprise that uplifts people or opens up knowledge to millions 21. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne – Blue Ocean Strategy (2005) Companies make the mistake of focusing on the competition when they should be focused on creating big leaps in value 22. Phil Knight – Shoe Dog (2016) A great businesses can be the result of a personal passion writ large 23. Richard Koch & Greg Lockwood – Simplify (2016) It is the radical simplifiers of products and services, rather than the innovators, that win the big prizes in business 24. Terry Leahy – Management in Ten Words (2012) Simplicity and clarity are the most powerful advantages in business, but you only arrive at them by being radically customer-centric 25. Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002) The best teams trust each other, welcome conflict, are accountable, and focus on results 26. Marc Levinson – The Box (2006) How a simple innovation, the shipping container, transformed world trade 27. Theodore Levitt – Marketing Myopia (1960) Truly understand what business you are in, and you have a chance of shaping your future 28. Stanley McChrystal – Team of Teams (2015) Transparency of information enables people to make good decisions and creates unity of purpose 29. Douglas McGregor – The Human Side of Enterprise (1960) People will naturally want to do their best for an organization if they feel that their higher personal development goals are being met 30. Geoffrey A. Moore – Crossing the Chasm (1991) Attracting early adopters to your product does not mean you will capture the mainstream market 31. Tom Rath & Barry Conchie – Strengths Based Leadership (2008) Maximizing your strengths, not trying to correct for your weaknesses, is the key to work success 32. Al Ries & Jack Trout – Positioning (1981) Successful companies don’t simply sell products, they occupy very specific spaces in people’s minds 33. Eric Ries – The Lean Startup (2011) A lack of resources can be a boon in creating new enterprises, with experimentation and analysis replacing grand strategy and capital 34. Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In (2013) More women at the top is not just good for its own sake, companies will only succeed if they are properly representative of half of their market 35. Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg – How Google Works (2014) Only by creating a culture of learning and innovation will you attract the right people to your enterprise 36. Alice Schroeder – The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (2008) Time, discipline, and focus are the most important ingredients in building a fortune 37. Howard Schultz – Pour Your Heart Into It (1997) Huge enterprises can be built by giving people a small moment of joy in their day 38. Peter Senge – The Fifth Discipline (1990) ​Great companies are communities in which there is a genuine commitment to every member’s potential being realized 39. Simon Sinek – Start With Why (2009) Average companies are focused on “what” they produce. Great business leaders inspire people to take action by galvanizing them behind a compelling reason, a “why” 40. Seema Singh – Mythbreaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech (2016) Advanced industries can emerge in unlikely environments 41. Alfred P. Sloan – My Years with General Motors (1963) A new breed of huge corporation required a different kind of management 42. Brad Stone – The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (2013) Relentless innovation to please the customer and a very long-term view created a dominant online retailer 43. Matthew Syed – Black Box Thinking (2015) Willingness to fail frequently, while absorbing the lessons of failure and making constant adjustments, is the only real path to success 44. Frederick Winslow Taylor – The Principles of Scientific Management (1911) Dramatic increases in productivity benefit capital and labor alike 45. Peter Thiel – Zero To One (2014) To grow faster, the world needs transformative technology and business models 46. Robert Townsend – Up the Organization (1970) People are most motivated and successful at work when they are left to do their thing and treated as human beings 47. Donald Trump – The Art of the Deal (1987) To succeed in business, balance boldness and promotion with patience, caution and flexibility 48. Ashlee Vance – Elon Musk (2015) The visionary entrepreneur should not just create a business but shape the future 49. Jack Welch – Jack: Straight from the Gut (2001) Never underestimate how far you can go by just being yourself 50. James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones & Daniel Roos – The Machine that Changed the World (1990) New practices in manufacturing and management have saved vast resources and brought higher quality goods

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Business books carry, maybe, one good idea each. You then get a lot of real life examples trying to push that idea as the one true condition in which you will get the desired result. This is the first issue with these books. Then you get an extra 300 pages with, just, words. Most of them only try to flatter the people who read them. And these are business books (self help books in reality) in a nutshell. This one proves it. Also why is Trump's book included here? Εμετός. Business books carry, maybe, one good idea each. You then get a lot of real life examples trying to push that idea as the one true condition in which you will get the desired result. This is the first issue with these books. Then you get an extra 300 pages with, just, words. Most of them only try to flatter the people who read them. And these are business books (self help books in reality) in a nutshell. This one proves it. Also why is Trump's book included here? Εμετός.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Talita As Sefa

    If you're looking for a guide to read which book for a specific insight or category of business, this book provides 50 helpful and concise book summary to narrow down into the book that will be suitable for you. The book provides 3 categories of: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Management & Leadership, Strategy & Marketing. All those 50 book summary is claimed to be Business Classic because based on the author they remain relevant despite of the book's age and the business landscape that is const If you're looking for a guide to read which book for a specific insight or category of business, this book provides 50 helpful and concise book summary to narrow down into the book that will be suitable for you. The book provides 3 categories of: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Management & Leadership, Strategy & Marketing. All those 50 book summary is claimed to be Business Classic because based on the author they remain relevant despite of the book's age and the business landscape that is constantly changing. Overall, this is also a nice book to read and to add more insights, even though you are not looking for any business tips or business good case practice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darrin Erickson

    I enjoyed it until the end when he mentioned people rising to the top of their incompetence and then referred to President Trump and asked the question ,"While he may be good in business, does that make him good to be president?". This question was posed "hypothetically" even though it had nothing to do with the book that was being reviewed. He exposed his liberal bias at that point and I wrote the book off as more fake news. I enjoyed it until the end when he mentioned people rising to the top of their incompetence and then referred to President Trump and asked the question ,"While he may be good in business, does that make him good to be president?". This question was posed "hypothetically" even though it had nothing to do with the book that was being reviewed. He exposed his liberal bias at that point and I wrote the book off as more fake news.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Birse

    A fantastic stepping stone I thoroughly enjoyed this book and believe it to be a stepping stone into greater things. In fact I've added it's recommendations to my Amazon kindle but lost to purchase in the future. Well worth it. A fantastic stepping stone I thoroughly enjoyed this book and believe it to be a stepping stone into greater things. In fact I've added it's recommendations to my Amazon kindle but lost to purchase in the future. Well worth it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mesti Baca

    Bukunya bagus, tetapi dengan segudang ide yang bisa ditangkap membuat buku ini sedikit berat dan juga tidak cocok untuk dibaca secara cepat. Idenya berpindah secara tidak beraturan dan melompat-lompat, mungkin cukup keren jika digunakan untuk referensi membaca buku bisnis

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Entertaining read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Santosh Panda

    Fantastic book to be aware of the business leaders, their strategy, management, philosophies, success, failure, and life!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vahagn Grigoryan

    This book is like a glossary for other business books. Very interesting to know about so many books in a nutshell.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Omkar Patil

    It's a summary of the 50 best books in business (as per the author). Now, I know that sounds bad, and much like some of the start-ups which make 5 min audio clips from books. But it's actually a great book for 2 reasons. 1. Based on a couple of books I had read from within the list, the distillation is a good job- clear and gets the crux of the story well. 2. Coming from a non- business background, I think this was much needed for me to understand some business vocabulary and perspective. Atleast It's a summary of the 50 best books in business (as per the author). Now, I know that sounds bad, and much like some of the start-ups which make 5 min audio clips from books. But it's actually a great book for 2 reasons. 1. Based on a couple of books I had read from within the list, the distillation is a good job- clear and gets the crux of the story well. 2. Coming from a non- business background, I think this was much needed for me to understand some business vocabulary and perspective. Atleast I won't be blank looking at the business section in Crossword next time. So it could serve as a good primer on business books- and you learn a lot. It's interesting and compelling to read from the start till the very end (which is obvious since it compresses 50 books).

  12. 4 out of 5

    William Budihardjo

    If you read nothing else on Business, start with this book. This book will guide you exploring important topics on business whie giving you stellar insight from the world's best mind. Some key points standout to me: 1. Great companies often times are not the most innovative ones, but research shown that the characteristic of great enduring companies is by being innovative enough, having discipline/self-control and maintaing risk averse so they could withstand economic downturn. 2. To be continued If you read nothing else on Business, start with this book. This book will guide you exploring important topics on business whie giving you stellar insight from the world's best mind. Some key points standout to me: 1. Great companies often times are not the most innovative ones, but research shown that the characteristic of great enduring companies is by being innovative enough, having discipline/self-control and maintaing risk averse so they could withstand economic downturn. 2. To be continued

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean Paul Irwin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  18. 4 out of 5

    Owen Spencer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raúl Sparwasser

  20. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav Bansal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beauty

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dung (Mit) Tran

  24. 4 out of 5

    Warren Ingram

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  26. 5 out of 5

    Muz Mostofi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Malak

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cyril Johns

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stefan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michaël Coene

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