Business Books from "The Economist," July 13, 2013
For those interested in the articles, you can find them through some of our electronic resources—We recommend our Infotrac Newsstand database, available from home with a library card. Or you can find them on The Economist's website (if you're a subscriber). For those not ready to read those, I've included for each book, based on the articles, a short squib.
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The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, by Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed
"Most businesspeople will not be surprised to learn that it is better to find a profitable niche and focus on boosting your revenues than to compete on price and cut your way to success." The third rule is, "There are no other rules."
It has become important for financial intermediaries "to invest in regulators, whose own career prospects are increasingly tied to their ability to advance rules that are both vague and highly technical, as this increases their value both within government and to potential private employers."
Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership, by Bob Lutz
Lutz, the former head of General Motors, explains "why the care industry... needed a bailout: it was run by petty tyrants unworthy to be in charge of a lemonade stand, let alone a vast industry."
"[Short] on business wisdom but long on the sometimes seedy details of the booze business."
Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature, by Mark Tercek and Jonathan Adams
"Once the business case for greenery is accepted, as Mr. Tercek shows, the results are often stunning."