My Favorite Books for Business 2008 

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My list of favorite business books each year is most often focused on a few core concepts that caused me to rethink my assumptions about decision making, management, innovation and strategy within the framework of my professional orientation around the use of competitive intelligence in business. The clustering of the ideas among this past year’s books were no different in 2008 and some common themes emerged that I thought reflected the cultural zeitgeist of business in general pretty well.

I found the year focused its best output on a few, persistent core themes: strategic innovation, intelligence analysis, finance and economics, decision psychology, entrepreneurial growth, leadership and management, social media and (most surprising for me this year) idea presentation (perhaps carrying over from last year’s breathtaking “Made to Stick” which was my choice for the best book of 2007.

Here’s my full list – which I limit to 40 titles these days, since there are only so many I can cram on the list for you to review. Which was my very favorite? I’ll reveal that on my Twitter feed next week. Meanwhile…

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Arik Johnson

The Red Queen among Organizations: How Competitiveness Evolves A Sense of Urgency The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation
The Red Queen among Organizations: How Comp…
by William P. Barnett
$23.96
A Sense of Urgency
by John P. Kotter
$14.96
The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue…
by A.G. Lafley
$18.15
Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy
Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Tra…
by Peter Skarzynski
$23.10
The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreate…
by C.K. Prahalad
$19.77
Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the …
by Judy Estrin
$18.45
Innovator's Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work (Harvard Business School Press) Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care
Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disrup…
by Scott D. Anthony
$23.10
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation…
by Clayton Christensen
$21.75
The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive …
by Clayton M. Christensen
$21.75
The Innovator's Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition
The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for…
by David Silverstein
$19.77
The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sus…
by Amar Bhide
$23.10
Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outs…
by Guy Kawasaki
$18.65
The Granularity of Growth: How to Identify the Sources of Growth and Drive Enduring Company Performance Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations Analysis Without Paralysis: 10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions
The Granularity of Growth: How to Identify …
by Patrick Viguerie
$29.70
Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles,…
$26.95
Analysis Without Paralysis: 10 Tools to Mak…
by Babette E. Bensoussan
$16.49
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else Outliers: The Story of Success On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates …
by Geoff Colvin
$15.75
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
$15.39
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right E…
by Robert Burton
$16.47
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We …
by Carol Tavris
$9.72
Guesstimation: Solving the World’s Problems…
by Lawrence Weinstein
$13.57
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational B…
by Ori Brafman
$14.93
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces T…
by Dan Ariely
$17.13
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fac…
by Farhad Manjoo
$17.13
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green…
by Thomas L. Friedman
$16.77
The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the …
by David M. Smick
$17.79
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of…
by Niall Ferguson
$17.61
Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
$16.77
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizi…
by Clay Shirky
$16.35
Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd I…
by Jeff Howe
$17.79
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed…
by Charlene Li
$19.77
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Ed…
by Nicholas Carr
$11.53
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
by Seth Godin
$11.99
The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Bra…
by John Gerzema
$18.45
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems an…
by Dan Roam
$15.64
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creatin…
by Nancy Duarte
$23.09
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentat…
by Garr Reynolds
$19.79
The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life Business War Games: How Large, Small, and New Companies Can Vastly Improve Their Strategies and Outmaneuver the Competition Competitive Intelligence and Senior Management
The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guid…
by Avinash K. Dixit
$18.45
Business War Games: How Large, Small, and N…
by Benjamin Gilad
$13.59
Competitive Intelligence and Senior Managem…
by J.H.A.M. Rodenberg
$49.00
Competitive Intelligence: Fast, Cheap & Ethical
Competitive Intelligence: Fast, Cheap &…
by Rob Duncan
$18.95

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