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Home reading: books from the mandatory list of the Harvard Business School

Книги Гарвардской школы бизнеса

Harvard Business School (English Harvard Business School, also known as HBS) is a higher education institution based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Part of Harvard University. The school offers a full program of studying under the MBA (Master of Business Administration) program, as well as doctoral and many other programs of continuing education and education. The school owns the Harvard Business School Publishing, which regularly publishes books on business, online management, corporate management, case study and others, as well as the monthly news magazine Harvard Business Review.

The school is on the first place in the list of American business schools published in the US News & World Report and the third in the global list of the Financial Times (Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2010), behind the London Business School and the Wharton School of Business Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Constantly located in the top ten of the US and world list of business schools, is one of the six business schools of Ivy League universities.

It is not necessary to enter the MBA program to learn the main lessons of business! In today's abundance of business literature is easy to get confused. To help with the choice, HubSpot's author Lauren Hintz studied the curriculum of the Harvard Business School. To her surprise, most books were devoted to leadership rather than economics, marketing or better business practices. Here are 11 important and interesting books that she chose.

Lessons from outstanding leaders: How to develop and strengthen leadership skills (True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership)

The book explains how and why a real leader can be any person.

It is based on a serious study and a series of interviews with 125 well-known leaders.

In particular, one of the authors, former CEO of Medtronic Bill George , reveals five steps to leadership: 1) to know the true self; 2) determine their values ​​and principles of leadership; 3) understand their motives; 4) build a support group; 5) maintain an understanding of the most important things in life.

Talent on Demand

Peter Capelli wrote this book in order to explore common problems in managing people.

It outlines four management principles that will allow employees to transfer the necessary skills at the right time.

After reading the book, you will learn how to combine staff development with hiring, better understand what people you need, and improve the productivity of your employees.

Money of inventors: how venture capital creates new wealth (The Money of Invention: How Venture Capital Creates New Wealth)

A practical guide, written by two industry experts, Paul Gompers and Josh Lerner , talks about the problems that entrepreneurs face in seeking funding and venture capital solves these problems.

The book also tells how corporations, state institutions and non-profit organizations can (and should) take advantage of the venture capital model in their fields.

It does not matter whether the industry in which you work, growth or decline is showing, this book explains how to use venture capital to start or develop your business.

Inconvenient declarations: how one person turned over the notions of the most unpopular organization in America (Many Unhappy Returns: One Man's Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization In America)

In 1997, the US tax service had the largest "client base" in America - and citizens were most unhappy with it.

From hearings in the Congress it became known that the management constantly pressed on the employees, so that they collected more penalties and additionally charged taxes.

Some of them anonymously confessed that tax inspectors were dragging out non-existent debts from taxpayers.

In 1997, Charles Rossotti became the first businessman to head the tax service, and he was instructed to rebuild this body.

In this book, he told an exciting history of leadership and transformation of this organization.

Curve ambitions: what is the path of the leader (The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey)

Can you guess what is the difference between a mediocre and an incredibly successful person?

Two international management experts, Jim Cumpy and Nitin Noria , say that the key ingredient is ambition.

Their book is a practical guide to using your personal and professional ambitions.

The book details about dozens of leaders from different areas.

As a cup after cup was built Starbucks (Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built A Company One Cup at a Time)

CEO of Starbucks Howard Schulz is an outstanding and highly respected leader.

His book details about one of the most victorious business stories of recent decades.

Starbucks started with one coffee shop in Seattle and grew into an international corporation.

In this book Schultz reveals the fundamental principles that define Starbucks, and shares his wisdom.

Give freedom to innovation: how Whirpool turned the industry (Unleasing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry)

The book sets out the background of one of the most successful innovative twists and turns in American history.

Its author is Nancy Snyder , vice president of innovation for Whirpool .

Snyder tells how Whirpool carried out radical changes, built changes and innovations into his daily life, which ultimately led to profitability.

Sticky: why do some ideas survive and others die? (Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die)

Why do some ideas flourish, and others did not even have a chance to survive?

And how to inspire the idea of ​​the ability to fight?

This book, written by the excellent teachers Chip and Dan Hiz , contains answers to complex questions related to how ideas become popular and how to ensure their survival in the future.

9. The Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

This book is based on the study of more than 150 strategic decisions, including the experience of companies with more than a century of history, working in thirty industries.

Authors Chan Kim and Rene Maborn convince the reader that successful business is built by creating "blue oceans" - undeveloped new markets.

More than one million copies of this book were sold around the world, this is a "must-read" for entrepreneurs and managers.

Expansion of superiority: how to get to the bigger one, not being satisfied with less (Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less)

The author of a number of business bestsellers Robert Sutton and his colleague from Stanford Haggi Rao write about the inevitability, which sooner or later comes across any company - expansion.

It's about making your company bigger, faster and even more efficient than before.

The authors devoted about a decade to studying how to achieve exemplary work from employees and how to make excellent organizations even stronger. The book describes cases and studies from a mass of areas, from finance to high-tech and education.

The Science of Data for Business (Data Science for Business)

The book, written by two internationally recognized experts in the field of data science, Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett, explains the fundamental principles of the science of data.

Step by step, it shows how the analytical thinking necessary to take advantage of any data that the organization collects.

It is based on the MBA-course of one of the authors at New York University, which he led for ten years, and it lists a lot of problems that the business faces.