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Dave's Top 10 Picks

1. The Practice Of Management
     by Peter F. Drucker

Published in 1954, Peter Drucker’s The Practice of Management is the definitive book on the Art of Business Management.   The book first set Drucker up as the foremost guru of Business Management.  Even at 60+ years this book continues to define what managers are and what managers do.
I have several copies of the book.  One is a old edition that a former boss gave to me, a boss....

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2. The Goal
     by Eli Goldratt 

The Goal is where Goldratt  starts to unfold both the Theory of Constraints (without ever using the term) and the beginning of his Thinking Processes, again without putting a label on them.  Presented as a novel, The Goal is a story of a Plant Manager’s struggle to rescue his job, the manufacturing plant that he runs, and his marriage.  In an entertaining way, Goldratt presents a circa 1984 view of the inherent problems in American manufacturing and American corporation management.  If you look under the story....

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3. The Fifth Discepline 
     by Peter M. Senge


I followed some of the teachings in Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline for over 20 years before reading the book.  Then, at the urging of an old and wise collaborator and fellow material handling consultant, I picked up the book. 
I did not put it down until I finished reading it.  Something that I learned growing up was to look for the....

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4. Managing Flow 
     by Ikujiro Nonaka


The fourth book in a series about Creating Knowledge where Nonaka is the lead author. The book touches on the theory built by the three other books, but focuses on how organization harness the theory to create knowledge--or turn themselves into Knowledge Based Firms. Using examples, Nonaka et. al. illustrate wonderful examples of how global companies structure....

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5. Understanding Cash Flow
     by Franklin J. Plewa, Jr. & George T. Friedlob


If the term "cash flow" has always remained uncomfortably vague in your mind, Understanding Cash Flow will give you, quickly and simply, a firm grasp of this crucial index of a company's health and direction. It covers, in detail, the process, the terminology, and the internal and external players in the flow of cash through a company....

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6. Isn't It Obvious? 
     by Eli Goldratt


A breakthrough solution is exposed when some unexpected events force Caroline and Paul, a married couple working for their family's retail business, to make a few small changes in the way things are done. A solution that propels the family's regional chain of stores into a very profitable, rapidly growing, international enterprise. If there is a hint of Jonah, from THE GOAL, reappearing in this novel, it is Henry, the soon-to-retire president....

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7. The Haystack Syndrome
     by Eli Goldratt


A "must" for every manager concerned with meeting the challenges of the 21st century. You'll see the differences between data and information in a new light, and understand precisely how misunderstanding those differences can affect the quality of your decision-making process. Starting with the structure of an organization, The Haystack Syndrome ends with a detailed description of the logic that must underpin the....

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8. Breaking the Code of Change
     Edited by Michael Beer & Nitin Nohria

Organizational change may well be the most oft-repeated and widely embraced term in all of corporate America--but it is also the least understood. The proof is in the numbers: nearly two thirds of all change efforts fail, and they carry with them huge human and economic tolls. Lacking any overarching paradigm for change, executives of large, underperforming organizations have been left with little guidance in how to choose the strategies that....

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9. The 48 Laws of Power
     by Robert Greene


Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. 
Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also....

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10. Principle Centered Leadership
       by Stephen R. Covey

My introduction to Stephen R. Covey was not The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  That was the book that put him on the self-help professional bestseller list.  I got that book after reading a later Covey book, Principle Centered Leadership. The book does build on the structure created in 7 Habits, and you will benefit from reading and working with 7 Habits, but you don’t need to read that book first to get massive value...

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Dynamic Supply Chains
by John Gattorna

Are your supply chains equipped to compete for a faster, more flexible future? Supply chains are not just part of your business: in many ways they are your business....
 

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The Circle of Innovation
by Tom Peters

In 2008 I discovered a used book store located in an old grocery store in Norristown, PA.   The store bought gaylords of books from the retail trade and recycled them for resale....
 

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Thriving on Chaos
by Tom Peters

Tom Peters made his name on a book that he co-wrote with Robert Watterman, Jr., In Search of Excellence.   That book became one of the first massively successful....
 

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The Living Company
by Arie De Geus

Most companies do not survive the upheavals of change and competition over the long haul. But there are a few remarkable firms that have withstood the test of several centuries...
 

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Beautiful Evidence
by Edward R. Tufte

Evidence that bears on questions of any complexity typically involves multiple forms of discourse. Evidence is evidence, whether words, numbers, images....
 

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