Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Good Book on Business Management

I recently listened to the audio version of the new book by Ram Charan titled "Know-How - The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Don't." It currently has 4.5/5 stars from 10 Amazon reviewers. I was hesitant because it's pretty long (9 hours on 8 CDs), but I was pleasantly rewarded with a rich diversity of interesting case studies that support Ram's list of know hows. I recommend this book for people interested in business management. Even if you don't agree with the listed know-hows, you might find it interesting to read about why Ram thinks they're important. If you'd like a sample, then you can listen to the podcast from Havard Business Review Online on January 25, 2007 (Episode 27). Here's a direct link to the MP3 file.

Here's the list of 8 Know-Hows:

1. Positioning and repositioning the Business to make money
2. Detecting the patterns of external change
3. Managing the social system of your business
4. Judging people
5. Molding a team of leaders
6. Setting goals
7. Determining priorities
8. Managing non-market forces

I appreciated his differentiation between goals and priorities.

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