6 Essential Business Books for 2019

Many of our speakers are also acclaimed authors, and their latest books are starting and shaping conversations across every industry. From corporate innovation to the rise of artificial intelligence, here are five subjects to consider for your business needs.


Mastering “New Power” in a Transformed World

Nearly a year after it was first published, Jeremy Heimans’ and Henry Timms’ game-changing book “New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You” (Doubleday, April 2018) is still receiving media attention as a definitive guide to managing an organization in the digital era. Most recently, “New Power” appeared on Forbes’ 5 Books That Every Social Purpose Leader Should Be Reading Right Now.

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The Road to Prosperity is Paved with Innovation

One of the most highly acclaimed books of 2019 so far, “The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty” (HarperBusiness, January 2019) by Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon addresses why some countries are prosperous and others are poor. The solution to this vexing question, say the authors, is business innovation that creates new markets where none existed. Read reviews, author interviews and contributed articles on this radical new perspective in Business Insider, Chief Executive (cover story!), Harvard Business Review, Fortune and Forbes.

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Engineering Innovation at Scale

Innovation isn’t just for startups, says renowned strategy expert Gary Pisano in “Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation” (PublicAffairs, January 2019). Pisano’s book, named a business book of the month by The Financial Times, takes you through the process of devising a strategy, system and culture for sustained growth in big companies. Read Pisano’s Harvard Business Review cover story and listen to him in this HBR podcast.

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Imagining and Inventing the Future

In “Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company’s Future” (HBR Press, November 2018), Nathan Furr and co-authors explore how companies can reinvent products and services through creative exercises that proactively imagine the future. Read Forbes’ summary on its “Top Ten Technology Books Of 2018” list.

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Why Leaders Should Embrace Challenge

Capping a career as a transformational business leader, former Dunkin’ CEO (now chairman) Nigel Travis set out to reveal the secrets to his success in “The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback” (PublicAffairs, September 2018). His conclusion? Leaders must accept challenge and pushback on their own opinions to truly succeed. Read this review by the Financial Express.

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