Our favorite book in 2021

Throughout the year, our reviewers have found recent business books to find the necessary ideas, observations, and lessons from business history, current events, and cutting-edge research. Here are half a dozen lessons that we found to be particularly thought-provoking in 2021.

Distance Work Revolution: Succeeding From Anywhere

By Tsedal Neeley, Harper Business, 2021

The COVID-19 epidemic will not result in permanent, wholesale transfers to remote work. But it is more likely that leaders will have to manage, if not already, people who have been working remotely for at least some time. Challenges for leaders include keeping people connected when they are not in the same place, building trust and alignment without personal communication, avoiding zoom fatigue and other technical issues, creating effective boundaries between work and personal life, and shifting to highly integrated work. In distributed settings. Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School, has addressed these obstacles The remote work revolutionA handbook full of practical and subtle tips for effectively leading distances.

Arrived today: From the factory to the front door — everything has changed about why, how and what we bought

By Christopher Mimes, Harper Business, 2021

A detailed and dedicated commentator on the state of the logistics industry, Coming today By The Wall Street Journal Tech columnist Christopher Mimes offers a snapshot of a logistics industry on Flex. The world described in the book is a marvel of human ingenuity থেকে from interactive delivery maps created by an automated semitrack to Willy Wanka-Esc Energy Amazon’s full engine. It is also deeply troubling. Truckers are tired, grateful for a rest stop with room for them to park for the night. The third companion on a container ship is so depressed that he does not notice the spectacular sea sunrise. Most of all, however, it is a world that, due to the pace of change in the industry, is likely to become unfamiliar in five years.

Talent Aristocracy: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World

By Adrian Uldridge, Skyhorse, 2021

Inside Talent aristocracyAdrian Uldridge, Political Editor Economist, Explores the history of the intellectual system and fears for its future. The fall of Venice, once a major city, appears at the end of the book as a warning story. At the beginning of the 14th century, realizing the need for a downward and upward movement for social mobility, a group of strong Venetian families tried to maintain the status quo and, at best, shut down. Immigrants were no longer welcomed. Trade comes under state control. The population has shrunk. The era of Venice’s dominance is over. Oldridge believes that today’s advanced economies, mainly the United States and the United Kingdom, are heading for a similar outcome. Like Venice, these powerful economies gradually came to accept meritocracy as their guiding principle, only to allow successful meritocrats to manipulate their systems, creating a pool of resentment and anger.

Anthro-Vision: A new way of looking at business and life

By Gillian Tett, Avid Reader Press, 2021

The next time you hear someone arguing that a liberal art education for business is wasting, point them to Gillian Tate. Anthro-Vision. In this new book, Dr. Chair Financial timesIts U.S. editorial board makes a compelling, readable argument for the business value of social anthropology. Tate sees that this value is distributed in three ways: anthropology makes strangers familiar, it makes acquaintances strange, and it inspires awareness when listening to social silence.

Want: The power of imitative will in daily life

By Luke Burgess, St. Martin’s Press, 2021

Luke Burgess, entrepreneur-resident and program director at Catholic University, Bush School of Business, USA, takes readers into the rabbit hole of imitation theory. Developed by French sociologist and philosopher Renেনে Girard in the 1960s and 1970s, the theory of imitation seeks to explain human relationships and culture in terms of will. In short, someone else has what we want. The most important point of the book, even if it is somewhat opaque, is that leaders choose to follow a fancy aspiration called bourgeoisie: The model is the external mediator of the will. These leaders expand the universe to everyone’s liking and help them explore it. “

The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future

By Sebastian Malabi, Penguin, 2022

Economic historian Sebastian Malabi believes that the venture capital industry has had a “positive impact on the economy and society” and, more importantly, its model for innovation has proved so successful that it has helped almost every major US technology company in the last 60 years. . His new book, Power law, The story of the men behind the art – and it’s almost entirely men’s. Heavyweight and richly detailed, the book is an accurate assessment of a career journey through the chaos of startup culture and how the relationship between founders and their financiers has evolved.

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