Business (53)

  • The Fresh Brew

    By: Amit Haralalka & Amitabh Thakur   

    Pages: 294

    Business, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Jun'18

    Brief review: The book is a collection of stories of twenty five IIM Lucknow Alumni who became successful entrepreneurs by following their passion. Almost everyone faced challenges but negotiated them well to make a mark in their respective fields. If you looking to get some inspiration or want that last hit on the nail to pursue your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, you can lay your hands on this book. 

  • Mavericks at Work

    By: William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre   

    Pages: 304

    Business, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 13th June'18

    Brief review: The world is changing rapidly and non-stop innovation is happening. Still, there are few companies and people who are make headlines. They are called Mavericks at work. The book identifies such companies and their leaders. You will find examples of how companies like Google, Southwest Airlines changed the rules of the game. You will come across bold strategies of little known leaders which made them icons of the business world. The book is a collection of several such stories which will keep you excited to read the next page. 

  • Anything You Want

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 92

    Business, Inspiration, Sales

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'18

    Brief review: I am a fan of Derek Sivers. His thoughts and blogs are inspirational. Being a budding musician he could not find a  distribution company for his album. That led to him creating one of the largest online music stores in the world for independent artists named CDBABY. Around 2008, he sold his company for $22 million and donated the proceeds to charity. In this book, Derek tells his story as it happened. It's refreshing, inspirational and motivational. A no nonsense book with absolute clarity on secret of happiness and how you can also create something big. A must read.

  • Billion Dollar Lessons

    By: Paul B. Caroll & Chunka Mui   

    Pages: 332


    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 4th Apr'18

    Brief review: The book is about mistakes made in the corporate world with respect to new launches, mergers and acquisitions and other activities which resulted in billion dollar losses. More than 70% of all mergers and acquisitions fail and destroy shareholders value. Still, they are considered 'cool' on the high street. CEOs with big egos and seeking to become icons for their big bold aggressive decisions regularly engage in activities which they think will put them in history, although they make little sense. Investment Managers who claim to be advisers promote such activities because they have a vested interest to earn a fat cheque out of it. The book gives a thorough account of several such failed instancess , eroding billions of dollars of value for investors. Many of such decisions looked flawed and foolish from the beginning but they were overruled by people at the top. The unfortunate part is that inspite of such history, the game is still on. If you are interested to know how some of these 'big marriages' miserably failed, read this book. 

  • The E-Myth Revisited

    By: Michael E Gerber   

    Pages: 288


    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'18

    Brief review: Being a successful entrepreneur is quite different from being a successful employee. Being the boss of your own business requires a different type of skill set. Many a times, the employee leaves his job and become an employee in his own company - that is to say , rather than managing the business he becomes a worker. It says - if you are good at technical's, it doesn't mean you can run a business. If you know how to bake a bread well doesn't mean you can be successful by opening a bakery store. This is an excellent book for people looking to start their own business. It gives deep insight on how to have a vision statement, hire employees and manage business without being involved in every little thing yourself.

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