Here are the Business & Leadership picks from our Best Books of September.
Read, enjoy, learn, and profit.
Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin
Warren Buffett's much-less-famous partner has become a source of fascination for those with more than a passing understanding of Berkshire Hathaway. Here his knowledge is distilled from previous statements and writings.
The Prize by Dale Russakoff
What is the future of public education? Mark Zuckerberg thought that he was that future when he announced to Oprah that he was pledging $100 million to Newark, New Jersey's failing school system. If only it was so simple.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
How does one go about creating? Elizabeth Gilbert has done so and achieved both critical recognition and commercial success. In Big Magic she tries to lay out how you can have a more creatively productive life.
Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
Research shows that we overvalue talent and undervalue what, for lack of a better word, has come to be known as grit. Writing about grit with both humor and feeling, these two authors (who both rose up from their beginnings in the Bronx) illustrate strategies for success.
The Challenger Customer by Brent Adamson, Matthew Dixon, Pat Spenner, and Nick Toman
What kind of customers are most important to you? There are the ones that love your product, and it's hard to turn your attention away from them. But this book argues that you should turn to the Challenger Customer if you really want to succeed at a high level.
The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett, journalist and senior editor for the Financial Times, uses her knowledge as an anthropoligist and a financial reporter to showcase how silos can create institutional blindness--and how we can overcome them.
What You Really Need to Lead by Robert Steven Kaplan
Harvard Business School Professor Robert Steven Kaplan tells us that leadership is not a destination or a state of being. Leadership is about what you do, rather than who you are, and it starts with an ownership mind-set.
5 Gears by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
The subtitle reads "How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time," and the book breaks down your life into five gears that allow you to achieve a new level of relational intelligence, granting you a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.
Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Stanford business school professor Pfeffer sets the record straight on the oft-made prescriptions for leaders to be honest, authentic, and modest, tell the truth, build trust, and take care of others. By calling BS on so many of the stories and myths of leadership, he gives people a more scientific look at the evidence and better information to guide their careers.
You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith
In 2008, coach Mike Smith took over a 4-12 Atlanta Falcons team and achieved an 11-5 record. He went on to win Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Here we learn how to build a thriving organization and get a practical framework for leading the way to a winning culture.