Business books

Since my last post I’ve continued to read business books, and have found a few more I enjoy:

There’s no revelations in these books. Most of what they have to say is obvious if you think about it and have some experience of corporate environments to reflect on. I read these books as a prompt to do that thinking, and to learn to articulate my experience better.

I’ve tried a few of Lencioni’s other “leadership fables”, but he appears to be phoning in the formula of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I had high hopes for Measure What Matters, too, but it turned out to be another “book that could have been a blog post”. The material is there, but the book needs a much stronger narrative and better writing.

Earlier this year the company I’m working for sponsored a series of meditation workshops. The workshop leader recommended we read Search Inside Yourself, which was adapted from a course at Google. I appreciated the “mindfulness meditation for engineers” angle, but I could have done without the “this will make you a more productive drone” spiel that accompanied it.