Tuesday, September 11, 2007

10 Overrated Business Books and 10 Underrated Business Books

BNET has a feature entitled 10 Overrated Business Books (and What to Read Instead). Here's a quick run-down (me not being a business bibliophile, I've only seen like three of the books mentioned in the bookstore and only read one):
  1. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution by Michael Hammer and James Champy
  2. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman
  3. Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts
  4. Jack Welch & the G.E. Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO by Robert Slater
  5. Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones
  6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  7. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  8. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
  9. Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work by Jack Canfield, etc.
  10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids -- That You Can Learn Too by Robert Kiyosaki

Then there's another feature from the same author, Geoffrey James, titled 10 Underrated Business Books. Again, none of the books on the list rings any bells:
  1. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Devitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  3. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  4. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
  5. The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly by David Meerman Scott
  6. Managers Not MBAs: A hard look at thet soft practice of managing and management development by Henry Mintzberg
  7. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  8. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  10. Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson


Anonymous said...

Hi Charles,

In my Google news and blog alerts for this morning, I had an entry pop up "Ten Overrated Business Books" and a link to this post. Yikes I was worried. But I'm glad to see that my book is on the right side of the ledger.

Thanks for writing about this.

Cheers, David

Charles said...

Sorry if I shocked you there. Well, so far it looks like you're doing what your book set out to do. =)

Business Books said...

Thank you for the lists, will add some of these to my xmas list.