HBR's 10 Must Reads: The Essentials

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Change is the one constant in business, and we must adapt or face obsolescence. Yet certain challenges never go away. That's what makes this book "must read." These are the 10 seminal articles by management's most influential experts, on topics of perennial concern to ambitious managers and leaders hungry for inspiration--and ready to run with big ideas to accelerate their own and their companies' success.

If you read nothing else - full stop - read:

  • Michael Porter on creating competitive advantage and distinguishing your company from rivals
  • John Kotter on leading change through eight critical stages
  • Daniel Goleman on using emotional intelligence to maximize performance
  • Peter Drucker on managing your career by evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Clay Christensen on orchestrating innovation within established organizations
  • Tom Davenport on using analytics to determine how to keep your customers loyal
  • Robert Kaplan and David Norton on measuring your company's strategy with the Balanced Scorecard
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter on avoiding common mistakes when pushing innovation forward
  • Ted Levitt on understanding who your customers are and what they really want
  • C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on identifying the unique, integrated systems that support your strategy
 

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Contents

Competing on Analytics
25
Managing Oneself
45
What Makes a Leader?
65
Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work
87
The Classic Traps 113
136
Marketing Myopia
155
What Is Strategy?
181
The Core Competence of the Corporation
221
About the Contributors
247
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\HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

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