My choice as my favorite Biz Book of 2005 is Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy (& Ram Charan). Fact is, it's a 2002 book, but I just read it word-by-word this year as I prepared to do a gig with Bossidy. Amazingly it is, as I see it, the 1st & only book wholly devoted to "getting things done," and the 1st and only book that suggests that there is a describable, "systematic" "discipline" (and "culture") of getting things done. I'm doing a seminar on change in a few weeks, and when the Client asked me for a pre-reading assignment I bypassed my books and recommended Bossidy/Execution.
(I'm not fully into dissing myself. I arrogantly think that our 1999 "Work Matters" troika—The Project 50, The Brand You 50, The Professional Service Firm 50—are far more relevant, and still inadequately appreciated & implemented, than in 1999. We are all under attack—"There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore"/Carly Fiorina—and the reason is summed up exquisitely in this terse quote: "'Disintermediation' is overrated. Those who fear disintermediation should in fact be afraid of irrelevance—disintermediation is just another way of saying that you've become irrelevant to your customers."/John Battelle/Point/Advertising Age/07.05. Answer—"the" answer?—to the "irrelevant" question: Cool Projects from Insanely Great, Value-adding PSFs which are stocked with Imaginative-Entrepreneurial Brand You Talent.)
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
What we're talking about
on the front page.