Soundview Executive Book Summaries

The Best Business Books of 2011

It’s the time of year for best book lists, with Amazon releasing their list of lists on Wednesday, and Publisher’s Weekly following with their list on Thursday.

At Soundview, we compile our list throughout the year as we publish summaries of the best books, so I thought I’d collect the titles here so that we can all look at the books that made the cut. I’ve linked each title to our summary so that you can learn more about each one. 

  1. Capturing New Markets – Stephen Wunker
  2. Escape Velocity – Geoffrey A. Moore
  3. TouchPoints – Douglas Conant & Mette Norgaard
  4. The Third Screen – Chuck Martin
  5. Credibility – Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner
  6. Beyond Performance – Colin Price & Scott Keller
  7. Rainmaking Conversations – John Doerr & Mike Schultz
  8. Full Engagement – Brian Tracy
  9. The Steve Jobs Way – Jay Elliot with William Simon
  10. Win – Dr. Frank Luntz
  11. Stop Workplace Drama – Marlene Chism
  12. Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  13. Eat People – Andy Kessler
  14. What’s Holding You Back – Robert Herbold
  15. Disciplined Dreaming – Josh Linker
  16. The Power of Professionalism – Bill Wiersma
  17. Flash Foresight – Daniel Burrus with John David Mann
  18. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B – Stan Slap
  19. Tough Calls from the Corner Office – Harlan Steinbaum
  20. Change the Culture, Change the Game – Roger Connors & Tom Smith
  21. Real-Time Marketing & PR – David Meerman Scott
  22. You Already Know How to Be Great – Alan Fine with Rebecca Merrill
  23. How Companies Win – David Calhoun & Rick Kash
  24. Power – Jeffrey Pfeffer
  25. Resonate – Nancy Duarte
  26. The Upside of Irrationality – Dan Ariely
  27. Now, Build Your Business – Brian Tracy & Mark Thompson
  28. Macrowikinomics – Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams
  29. Multipliers – Liz Wiseman & Greg McKeown
  30. Clutch – Paul Sullivan

Of all these titles, the one that topped the list for me was Disciplined Dreaming, and I see that it’s also on Amazon’s top 10 list. Josh Linkner makes creativity fun and profitable. If there is a theme this year, it would most likely be “do everything you can to survive and thrive in the midst of this economic crisis.” Many of the books provide ways to innovate to compete, get the most out of your employees, and foresee and take advantage of tough times.

We’d love to hear which of these titles is your favorite, or if there are other titles from 2011 that you think deserve to be on the list.


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