2015 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2015

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  • Image of The Attacker’s Advantage
    Image of The Attacker’s Advantage

    Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities

    by Ram Charan

    Ram Charan provides proven tools to help leaders embrace uncertainty and develop the skills to be better prepared to lead. The attacker’s advantage is the perceptual acuity to detect ahead of others forces that could radically reshape a market space so you can position your business to make the next move first.

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  • Image of The Hard Thing About Hard Things
    Image of The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    by Ben Horowitz

    Ben Horowitz tells it straight as he shares insights gained from developing, managing, selling, buying investing in and supervising technology companies. He offers techniques for navigating the struggle of being a leader and explains why you should take care of the people, the products and the profits, in that order.

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  • Image of Design to Grow
    Image of Design to Grow

    How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility (and How You Can Too)

    by Linda Tischler, David Butler

    David Butler and Linda Tischler share the successes and failures of Coca-Cola as this large, global company learned to use design to create both scale and agility. Regardless of size or industry, the same approach, which is presented in a clear and actionable way, can be used successfully by other businesses.

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  • Image of The New IT
    Image of The New IT

    How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age

    by Jill Dyché

    Jill Dyché provides a new business model for building and strengthening the role of IT. By using field-tested techniques to align your IT department with your corporate objectives, you can leverage the power of technology across the entire company. The New IT reframes the IT conversation to bring your business and IT teams together in a truly transformative way.

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  • Image of Data-ism
    Image of Data-ism

    The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else

    by Steve Lohr

    New York Times reporter Steve Lohr explains how big-data technology has its benefits and its drawbacks, which raises questions about the wider implications for everyone. Lohr lends insight into what’s ahead, suggesting that individuals and organizations will need to exploit, protect and manage data to stay competitive.

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  • Image of Anticipate
    Image of Anticipate

    The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead

    by Rob-Jan de Jong

    Strategy and leadership expert Rob-Jan de Jong explains how to develop the ability to see things early and incorporate them into the future of your organization. Anticipate offers proven techniques for looking ahead and exploring potential futures, which can create enormous strategic advantage.

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  • Image of Low-Hanging Fruit
    Image of Low-Hanging Fruit

    77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits

    by Jeremy Eden, Terri Long

    Jeremy Eden and Terri Long have distilled 77 of their most effective techniques for generating real performance improvements drawn from their success working with major companies. If you think you don’t have the resources to be faster, better and more profitable, think again. Low-Hanging Fruit can help identify and solve hidden problems.

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  • Image of Bringing Strategy Back
    Image of Bringing Strategy Back

    How Strategic Shock Absorbers Make Planning Relevant in a World of Constant Change

    by Jeffrey Sampler

    Strategy expert Jeffrey Sampler introduces four "strategic shock absorbers" that enable leaders to build resilient organizations that can withstand even the most unexpected global turbulence. With this framework, leaders will be shown how to be prepared and proactive, rather than reactive, even when the future is uncertain.

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  • Image of Game-Changer
    Image of Game-Changer

    Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations

    by David McAdams

    Game-Changer develops six basic ways to change games—commitment, regulation, cartelization, retaliation, trust, and relationships—enlivened by countless colorful characters and unforgettable examples from the worlds of business, medicine, finance, military history, crime, sports, and more.

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