What Manufacturers read in 2012

This year at Columbus, we saw the launch of two books on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 produced by Columbus’ consultant, Scott Hamilton (the first was written for food processors, and, more recently, Scott released one for discrete manufacturers).

But what else is being read at the moment by manufacturers?  A few weeks ago, our UK office asked that very question, and manufacturers responded with what business books they’d enjoyed in 2012.

Have you found any of these particularly valuable?

From Complexity to Simplicity: Unleash Your Organisation’s Potential
Complexity is one of the biggest challenges facing modern business. It is slowing companies down, costing them over 10% of their profits and harming employee morale. Yet very few people are offering practical advice on how to solve this problem.From Complexity to Simplicity will show you how to start your own simplicity revolution and achieve business success. So keep it simple and make more money!
Thinking Fast and Slow
Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions.This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
Management in 10 Words
In his fourteen years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK but also transformed it into a global enterprise.In Management in 10 Words he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underlie great organisations.
The Fifth Discipline
Peter Senge, founder and director of the Society for Organisational Learning and senior lecturer at MIT, has found the means of creating a ‘learning organisation’.In The Fifth Discipline, he draws the blueprints for an organisation where people expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nutured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are contually learning together.
Does It Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive AdvantageA bold and controversial manifesto on where information technology is headed, how its role in business strategy will dramatically change, and what this all means for business managers and IT suppliersA convincing manifesto on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, “Does IT Matter?” will play a central role in our ongoing debate about the future of IT.
Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage
Based on a Gallup study of over two million people who have excelled in their careers, NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS uses a revolutionary programme to help readers discover their distinct talents and strengths.
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal is the gripping novel which is transforming management thinking throughout the Western world. The author has been described by Fortune as a ‘guru to industry’ and by Businessweek as a ‘genius’. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors.
The Little Book of Business Wisdom
Pearls of wisdom from some of the greatest industrialists – past and present.

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