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The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

After picking the Six Worst Business Books last week, several respondents challenged me to offer my ideas for new business books.

Goaded by several respondents last week, I offer the following titles. Admittedly, there is some overlap. But, hey, you can never tell which angle is going to capture the mind of a book editor:

“Straight Talk on CEOs and Boards.” Here are best practices on how CEOs work with boards of directors. The key, which has been lost in the debate, is that CEOs and their teams do the managing. Directors provide oversight and advice. But they don’t manage.

“Barbarians at the Gate, Take Two.” Hedge funds, labor unions, single-cause activists and other investors are attacking more and more American companies, including General Motors, Time Warner, Knight Ridder and Weyerhauser. Here’s why this trend is dangerous and here’s how boards and CEOs should react.

“Who Will Tell The People?” Americans are losing in the world economy, but the corruption of their political process, the debasement of their educational institutions and the impoverishment of their news organizations means they can’t see what’s happening to them, much less figure out a strategy.”

“Can Washington Be Fixed?” It’s corrupt. Period. It is now governed by a semi-permanent class of lobbyists, revolving door specialists and other greedsters. Here’s how it could be cleaned up.

“The Case for Globalization.” Americans once perceived that globalization was a “win” for them. Now they’re not so sure. Why isn’t anyone articulating the case for how America can win in a global economy?

“Educating the Educators.” Schools and universities have become protected zones of incompetence. Educators have failed to respond to the rapid changes buffeting the United States, whether technological, demographic or competitive. Here’s how they need to get with the program.

What do you think is the business book that needs to be written. Write to me at bholstein@chiefexecutive.net.

Response: The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

Here are several titles that I suggest…….for those that can fit the mold:

“Ethics means everything to me”

“What’s wrong with wanting what’s right”

Malcolm Watson, President-CEO Emeritus, Watson Electric Supply Co, Dallas, Texas

Response: The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

The next business book:

“Don’t Throw Sand!” –

“Running an organization -often ridiculously referred to as leadership – is not rocket science, yet a stunning amount of people seem to be able to screw it up. Have a personality, be somewhat compassionate toward others€¦.in short, avoid the urge to be a narcissistic moron€¦”

Ouch. A bit harsh€¦.bad day in the consulting fields€¦..

Tim Warneka, M.Ed., LPCC, President, The Black Belt Consulting Group

 Response: The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

Interesting to note that you selected and rightfully so six quasi behavioral books as the worst. You selection of the best however was limited to national or global issues. Almost apples and oranges.

Would like to see your selection of the best leadership/behavior books.


Response: The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

I’d like to throw my hat in the ring on this discussion. I think Peter Drucker’s “The Effective Executive” is one of the best business books ever written. A close second would be Jim Collin’s “Good to Great.”

Actually, anything Drucker wrote is worth reading and applying.

Les Taylor, President/CEO, Achievement Solutions, LLC

Response: The 6 Business Books That Ought To Be Written

I suggest “Educating the Educators” should be titled “Schooling the Educators” instead, because traditionally educators seem to think they have a lock on any “educating” to be done, and this book is about common sense reality check…alien territory.

Yvonne Campbell-Cole, President & CEO, YCC Company

About William J. Holstein

William J. Holstein
William J. Holstein is a journalist, consultant and speaker. He is the author of, "The Next American Economy: Blueprint For A Sustainable Recovery." For more of his work, visit www.williamjholstein.com.