"Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win" by Steven Spear: The perpetually successful companies have discovered the advantage of problem-solving abilities -- something a good scientist or engineer should appreciate. This book explores those problem-solving tenets to help other organizations adapt them, both for business and IT. Hardback: $29.95, Kindle: $16.47 | Get more details.
"Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition" by Adam Hartung: It's no secret that few companies survive major changes to their markets, and fewer figure out how to make change happen and then ride that change to excel in a new form. Despite some "rah-rah" business-speak, this book helps you figure out when making a disruptive change can work in your favor. Hardcover: $27.99, Kindle: $13.79 | Get more details.
Books for a change of pace
Enough of the practical stuff -- if you want to spend some time away from tech, we believe these books will stimulate your mind in other ways.
"The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics" by Leonard Susskind: Black holes and quantum mechanics are heady yet sublime topics -- and ones that create much religious consternation among theoretical physicists. Leonard Susskind's book takes you on two intertwined journeys, one through the ever-changing theory and discoveries and one through the politics and belief systems of the physicists. It's simply mind-blowing. Paperback: $15.99, Kindle: $9.99, Audiobook: $19.77 | Get more details.
"The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher: It's a guilty pleasure -- and what's wrong with that? -- focusing on the adventures of a private investigator who happens to be a wizard, and so battles all sorts of dark forces while solving crimes. The series is not new -- the 12th installment will be out in early 2010 -- but if you haven't already been on the "Dresden Files" ride, start with the first three books, available in a boxed set. We promise it's no corny rip-off of the "Harry Potter" series. Paperback (books 1-3 boxed set): $23.97 | Get more details.
"Whole Green Catalog: 1000 Best Things for You and the Earth" by Michael W. Robbins: "Green" and "eco-friendly" are increasingly common -- and meaningless -- buzzwords these days, as marketers have co-opted the terms. If you want to truly help the environment, not just pretend to be doing so, this book will help you do the right things throughout your daily life. Paperback: $29.99 | Get more details.
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