business

The Art of War

By Sun, Tzu
5
Rated by Nancy B.
Jun 1, 2015

Often considered one of the best management strategy books of all time, The Art of War, by Tzu Sun, is as pertinent today as when it was compiled thousands of years ago. “Work smarter, not harder.” “The best battle is the one never fought.” “A boss says 'go.' A leader say’s 'let’s go.'” These sentiments are not new. The basis for each can be found in Tzu Sun’s writings. The Art of War applies to conflicts on all levels; from battlefields to board rooms. Sun stresses the virtues of patience, strategy and outthinking one’s opponents.


I picked The Art of War because it was short at 172 pages. 

Nov 17, 2012

A book about motivation not to be missed by business owners and those who want to understand people and how they work—the book itself is a treatise against traditional motivating factors in workplaces. It does an excellent job of explaining how and why short-term and monetary rewards can be detrimental to innovation and business growth while encouraging new systems and concepts of work. By giving employees 1) autonomy, 2) mastery, and 3) purpose, managers can create the kind of workplace that people fight for.

Pink defines all motivating factors as either intrinsic or extrinsic. His goal of

Mar 30, 2010

Christy Hayes has it all: Olympic medals, a thriving business she built from the ground up, a dashing and successful CEO husband and all that comes with him. It’s more than she ever dreamed of. But it’s all about to come crashing down after her beloved housekeeper passes leaving Christy the guardian of her 11 year old grand-daughter Renata. With Renata come responsibilities that upset the balance of Christy’s life. And she is forced to make choices that neither her Olympic training, nor her business acumen have prepared her for.

Ridiculous characterizations and unlikely business situations