BOOK REVIEWS (all reviews will open in a new window)
In The Halo Effect, I point out some basic problems in a number of business books, including Corporate Performance and Culture by James Heskett and John Kotter, In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman, Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Big Winners and Big Losers by Alfred Marcus.
This section posts brief reviews of other business books. Take a look--and offer your comments, whether you agree or disagree.
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Posted November 2006.
Kim and Mauborgne's best-selling book has a number of useful ideas, but is misleading in a few fundamental ways.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Posted November 2006.
Gladwell's book has been a huge hit, and deserverdly so. Read here to see what it got wrong.
Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton. Posted November 2006.
This is one of the best business books in recent years, a brilliant book about deceptions in the business world. Highly recommended--but not without some questionable assertions.
Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by Nikos Mourkogiannis. Posted November 2006.
Who could have anything bad to say about a book on purpose? The author offers inspiring words, yes, but dangerously simplistic thinking.