I’ve become a fan of HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. This series provides an efficient way to access key HBR articles on a variety of subjects such as teams, strategy, and change management.
Perhaps the best volume for getting started is their “The Essentials” volume. It is entitled HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials and provides what they say is “an introduction to the most enduring ideas on management from Harvard Business Review.”
Here’s an over of the10 articles in The Essentials for HBR’s 10 Must Reads. I’m putting in bold my favorites from this list:
- “Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change,” by Clayton M. Christensen & Michael Overdorf, (orchestrating innovation within established organizations)
- “Competing on Analytics,” by Thomas H. Davenport, (using analytics to determine how to keep your customers loyal)
- “Managing Oneself,” by Peter F. Drucker (managing your career by evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses)
- “What Makes a Leader?” by Daniel Goleman, (using emotional intelligence to maximize performance)
- “Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work,” by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton (measuring your company’s strategy with the Balanced Scorecard)
- “Innovation: The Classic Traps,” by Rosabeth Moss Kanter (avoiding common mistakes when pushing innovation forward)
- “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” by John P. Kotter (leading change through eight steps)
- “Marketing Myopia,” by Theodore Levitt (understanding who your customers are and what they really want)
- “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter (creating competitive advantage and distinguishing your company from rivals)
- “The Core Competence of the Corporation,” by C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel (identifying the unique, integrated systems that support your strategy)
Check out this resource when you get a chance!