Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/10/17

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Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to Kevin Eikenberry review of a book about the richest man who ever lived, and Strategy& list of Samuel Bacharach’s required reading.

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger

“Before I read this book, I might have had a couple of guesses at the richest man who ever lived; but I wouldn’t have guessed Jacob Fugger. The author makes the assertion based comparing a person’s net worth to the size of the economy he operated in. By this measure (his net worth at about 2% of European economic output), Jacob Fugger, who died in 1525 in Augsburg Germany was the richest man who ever lived.”

From Theodore Kinni: Samuel Bacharach’s Required Reading

“It’s curious how often uncommonly clear and commonsensical thinking about management comes from long-time laborers in the field. Perhaps decades of experience enable them to distill the subject to its essence — or maybe it’s just that 40 or 50 years of hard work have earned them the right to speak plainly. Samuel B. Bacharach, organizational behavior professor at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School since 1974, is one of those laborers.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.

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