1. Being able to read the patterns of human experience and then act on them with compassion is the essence of wisdom. In Lead with Wisdom, Mark Strom explores wisdom as the central tenet of great leadership. He argues that language defines reality because people connect with one another through language, deeper knowledge flows from words woven into stories, and honoring old stories builds the trust that allows leaders to create the new stories that generate lasting change. An organization’s or community’s stories are not invented by a leader and recited in monologue; instead, they arise from the collaborative creation of meaning through conversation.

  2. Lead generation is the little-noticed engine behind marketing efforts. The goal of lead generation is to uncover potential customers and develop them into leads that will ultimately result in sales. Many marketing managers use the same one or two lead-generation tactics that they have always used, when they could be using a combination of the best tactics for top results. In The New Rules of Lead Generation, David T. Scott explores the best seven lead-generation tactics, including search engine marketing, social media advertising, display advertising, e-mail marketing, direct mail marketing, cold calling, and trade shows. Scott explains how marketers can strategically apply multiple tactics, test their effectiveness, and reap the greatest number of actionable leads.

  3. In The Soft Edge, Rich Karlgaard puts forth a strong argument for the importance of often overlooked values in the business world. The soft edge is comprised of these values, and Karlgaard not only explains their importance in the 21st century workplace but also uses decades of research materials and historical examples to show how these values are wired into the human mind.

  4. While increasing numbers of organizations are investing in social media technology, few are successfully using it to create value through mass collaboration. In Harvard Business School Publishing title The Social Organization, social media experts Anthony Bradley and Mark McDonald explain how firms can leverage these tools to innovate and solve problems faster and better than traditional companies. The authors provide frameworks and proven techniques that any manager can apply to rally people around a collective purpose; launch an effective collaborative environment; guide collaboration toward meaningful goals; and adapt internal culture and systems to support collaboration as it evolves and helps the organization outperform the competition.

  5. In Build, Borrow, or Buy, INSEAD’s Laurence Capron and Will Mitchell reveal that the more developed an organization’s process is for choosing resource pathways for growth, the more likely it will succeed. The authors provide readers with the Resource Pathways Framework, a roadmap to determining whether the build, borrow, or buy resource pathway for growth is best suited to an organization’s needs. By adhering to the framework, leaders can successfully grow their organizations without wasting time or resources.

  6. In Being Global, Ángel Cabrera and Gregory Unruh describe the complexities of being a global business leader today and the competencies needed to succeed. Global leaders share three common characteristics: they have global mindsets that facilitate connecting across boundaries, they are global entrepreneurs inspired to devise new solutions and grasp opportunities, and they are global citizens dedicated to contributing to the communities they reach. They have a natural curiosity about the world and a sincere interest in people who are different from themselves. They also commit themselves to creating value for all parties involved in business transactions rather than trying to exploit some for the benefit of others.Being Global sets out the challenges and opportunities that face the global business leader and offers the tools and guidance needed to develop the leadership skills required for success.

  7. China’s current successes in infrastructure development, financial growth international status, and global trade would indicate the country has a very bright future. However, the very entity that has propelled China to this point, the Chinese Communist Party, may well stand in the way of further substantial advancement. The Party has pushed through institutional changes that have resulted in today’s successes, but these changes may have set China on an unsustainable, unstable growth path. In Can China Lead?, Regina M. Abrami, William C. Kirby, and F. Warren McFarlan explore China’s future prospects in light of how the country got to where it is today.

  8. With the American economy still recovering from the recent recession, many people feel trapped in unstable employment with shrinking prospects. The search for financial security and deeper meaning has created a rising interest in side-gigging, the practice of developing second ventures in addition to regular employment. With the Internet, social media, and digital solutions creating new and varied opportunities to connect with potential clients around the globe, side-giggers are living in a golden age of low costs, high potential, and incredible impact. In The Economy of You, Kimberly Palmer explores the phenomenon of side-gigging by analyzing its popularity and demonstrating its vast appeal and potential for success. Weaving her own personal story together with the testimonies of other passionate side-giggers, Palmer offers a roadmap to building a successful side venture and taking control of “the economy of you.

  9. In the past decade, multi-billion-dollar markets have been forming around the world’s toughest problems. Governments, businesses, and ordinary citizens are finding that working together to solve societal issues can be profitable and make a difference. In The Solution Revolution, William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan provide a comprehensive guide to this convergence of the public and private sector known as the “solution economy,” and the people, technologies, and business models that have facilitated its growth. Through examples of real organizations tackling everything from malaria to recycling, readers are provided with the necessary tools and framework to start their own “solution revolution.”

  10. In Comebacks at Work, management professor and consultant Dr. Kathleen Reardon suggests that it is critical to know what to say and how to respond to colleagues under pressure and in uncomfortable situations. Recognizing that many otherwise strong performers allow co-workers to embarrass, abuse, or corner them in conversation, Reardon explains the effective use of what she calls “comebacks”—specific communication skills that can counter insults, sarcasm, blame-shifting, and just about any other common type of negativity. Most importantly, comebacks can help people build their confidence and stop others from using words to get the better of them.