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Classic Management Books

Broaden your management skills with books on this reading list

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers

Geoffrey Moore is chairman emeritus of three consulting firms-The Chasm Group, Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors-all of which provide marketing strategy and organizational advice to leading high-technology companies. Moore is also a venture partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures, a California-based venture capital firm specializing in specific technology markets, including e-commerce, Internet, enterprise software, networking, and semiconductors.

High Output Management

This is a user-friendly guide to the art and science of management from Andrew S. Grove, the president of America's leading manufacturer of computer chips. Groves recommendations are equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers--anyone whose job entails getting a group of people to produce something of value.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets.

How To Win Friends and Influence People

This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated.

The One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard is the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His One Minute Manager Library has sold more than 15 million copies and has been translated into more than 25 languages.Spencer Johnson is an internationally respected thought leader and number one bestselling author whose insights help millions of people discover simple truths they can use to have healthier lives with more success and less stress.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)

Built to Last became an instant business classic. This audio abridgement is read by the authors, who alternate chapters. Collins is a bit breathlessly enthusiastic, but clear and interesting; Porras, unfortunately, is poorly inflected and wooden.