Spotlight on Management Books: Small Business Book Awards

Somebody has to be in charge.  The sooner we learn to manage our team (we cannot do it all) and ourselves (for long haul ideas), then the more freedom we have and the better our business. And for the hardcore work-a-holics among us, we also have more time for the other aspects of our business.

In a lot of ways management is the ignored art of small business. It takes creative skill to understand yourself and others better and to put that understanding to use. Management is a pivotal position — handle with care. After all, it’s the manager in us that markets the business to the internal team long before the team markets it to the public. Smart management. Effective team. Better business.

Vote! 2010 Small Business Book AwardsThis post is part of our 6-part series putting the spotlight on the books in each category of the 3rd Annual Reader’s Choice “Small Business Book Awards.” Today’s spotlight is on Management books with 31 30 books nominated so far:

Analytics at Work
Smarter Decisions, Better Results
by Thomas Davenport, Robert Morison, Jeanne Harris

Black is the New Green
Marketing to Affluent African Americans
by Andrea Hoffman, Leonard Burnett

Broke, USA
From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. – How the Working Poor Became Big Business
by Gary Rivlin

Built to Sell
Turn Your Business Into One You Can Sell
by John Warrillow, Bo Burlingham

The Checklist Manifesto
How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande

Why Some People Excel under Pressure and Others Don’t
by Paul Sullivan

Defy Gravity
Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth
by Rebel Brown

Delivering Happiness
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hseih

Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink
Why 40% of Your Business Is Unprofitable, and How to Fix It
by Jonathan Byrnes, Erik Synnestvedt

Are You Indispensable?
by Seth Godin

Making Ideas Happen
Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
by Scot Belsky

Microsoft Office Live Small Business
by Rahul Pitre

Dig Out & Get the Right Things Done
by Krissi Barr

by Jason Fried

Service Innovation
How to Go from Customer Needs to Breakthrough Services
by Lance Bettencourt

Smart Business, Stupid Business
by Diane Kennedy, Megan Hughes

Success Made Simple
An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive
by Erik Wesner

How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Dan Heath, Chip Heath

The Termite Effect
25 Common Business Mistakes and Their Hidden Consequences
by Shawn Brodof

The Business Devotional
365 Inspirational Thoughts on Management, Leadership & Motivation
by Lillian Hayes Martin

The Highest Calling
by Larry Janesky

The Recipe
A Fable for Leaders and Teams
by Amilya Antonetti

The Right Thing
An Everyday Guide to Ethics in Business
by Sally Bibb

The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue
Turning Your Upside Down World Right Side Up!
by Deb Scott

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working
The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance
by Tony Schwartz, Catherine McCarthy, Jean Gomes

Wealth Creation for Small Business Owners
75 Strategies for Financial Success in Any Economy
by James Cheeks

Web Analytics 2.0
The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity
by Avinash Kaushik

Yahoo! Web Analytics
Tracking, Reporting, and Analyzing for Data-Driven Insights
by Dennis R. Mortensen

Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us
Customer Service and What It Reveals About Our World and Our Lives
by Emily Yellin

Your Career Game
How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals
by Nathan Bennett, Stephen Miles

If you see something you like, then – Vote for it. Read it. Share it. And if you don’t, then nominate your favorite management book (provided it’s eligible).

Editor’s note:  one book was removed due to not meeting the rules — was first published outside of allowable date ranges.


Jamillah Warner Jamillah Warner (Ms.J), a poet with a passion for business, is a Georgia-based writer and speaker and the Marketing Coordinator at Nobuko Solutions. She also provides marketing and communication quick tips in her getCLEAR! MicroNewsletter.

2 Reactions