Practical advice from the best in business. Six of the finest tomes that captured our attention this month
SCALING UP EXCELLENCE
Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
Every small business or start-up wants to scale. The problem is, growing bigger comes with it the perils of watering down your message and corporate culture. This book aims to take the guesswork out of growth and turn it into a quantifiable, repeatable science.
ZERO TO ONE
The co-founder of PayPal - and early investor in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yelp - waxes lyrical about business, innovation and the different paths to success. Thiel champions looking to create a valuable company in an area that no one else is even looking.
McDermott rose through the ranks of Xerox, Siebel Systems, Gartner and is now the CEO of SAP. His book talks about how he did it but includes practical information for anyone looking to rise the corporate ladder as quickly as he did.
Is it easier to build a big business than a small one? So says Shane Snow, who looks at companies who have used lateral thinking to break the rules and achieve success quickly. Also good for those wishing to 'hack' the corporate ladder
Jacko Willink and Leif Babin
These two Navy SEALs saw action in Iraq, helping US Forces secure Ramadi (a city deemed 'all but lost'). Having returned from deployment, they now teach the SEAL leadership concepts to promising start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
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An inside look at the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most notorious entrepreneur. Vance was given unhindered access to Musk, his family, and his friends, and traces the entrepreneur's journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley.
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