About the list as a whole, they observed:
This proved to be an interesting year for business books. In a year during which world governments struggled with economic pressures and internal breakdowns, a clear lack of communication has been routinely cited as a major symptom of global problems.
This was reflected in the business books that rose to the top of many people’s reading lists, as well as Soundview’s 30 best business books.
Here are the AMACOM titles that were chosen, along with a brief summary of each from Soundview:
Face-to-face communication proficiency has become increasingly important in efforts to increase business. It has been said that information and technology alone do not sell — people do. In Well Said! Darlene Price presents field-tested techniques, guidelines and checklists to help you present yourself and your message with clarity, credibility and confidence. When you demonstrate effective presentation skills, decision makers are more inclined to listen, customers are more inclined to buy, and employers are more inclined to notice.
In this groundbreaking book, authors Mark Goulston and John Ullmen reveal a new model for authentic influence — the kind that creates a strong initial connection and survives long after agreement has been reached. Based on listening, genuine engagement and commitment to win-win outcomes, Real Influence provides a powerful four-step method you can use to: examine your priorities; learn about the key players and what they need; earn their attention and motivate them to hear more; and add value with your questions and action.
No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work by Martin Murphy
Wasting time in pointless meetings is the one thing that never seems to change. Martin Murphy, however, has helped a “Who’s Who” of corporate clients transform time-sapping meetings into breakthrough sessions that are measurably productive. His strategy is not simply to make meetings more palatable; instead, he reframes the entire concept of collaboration and introduces four “Work Sessions” that replace meetings to get more done, faster than ever before.
There is perhaps no leadership challenge more daunting than managing creativity — and more urgent than delivering breakthrough innovation. How do you harness some of the most passionate, intelligent people in your organization without stifling them? How do you simultaneously unleash their energy and channel it into something tangible? In Idea Agent, Lina M. Echeverría offers seven proven principles through which new ideas come to fruition.
Nicole Lipkin uses psychological and neuroscience research to show leaders how to recognize and resolve eight of today’s most troubling management issues: miscommunication, stress, change, unhealthy competition, damaging group dynamics, loss of motivation and engagement, elusive success, and typical leadership missteps that cause leaders to go temporarily from good to bad. What Keeps Leaders Up at Night helps leaders gain greater awareness of what causes these recurring problems and find better solutions.
Thank you, Soundview!