Two recent books I read, both « something at work ».
One, Boards at work, is written by this guru Ram Charan. I had already Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by the same guy, which was a good, but not sensational book. I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed by this one. This guy certainly has a huge experience working with directors and CEO around the world, but with book, there is little of that experience that you can really grab and use. I still have another of his book on my reading list: Know-how: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t. So you will still hear about Ram Charan on the R blog. But not too soon, gotta let this bitter taster disappear.
The second book, Founders at work, is a must read. Better than the 7 Harry Potter books together (wich is a bad comparison as I didn’t like them that much). The book is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days and later. Within each interviews, you’ll catch dozen of interesting infos. Believe me , when you start it, you’ll finish it within the week.
So my conclusion on those two « at work » books, is that 30 6-pages interviews of real-life entrepreneurs is far better than 200 pages of the so callec acclaimed consultant to CEOs and senior executives.