I moved to Las Vegas after Silicon Valley crashed” and joined Bally Technologies, a gaming machine manufacturer. I became a Technical Trainer on Bally hardware and software traveling to many countries to train. I have read authors including John C. Maxwell, Joel Osteen, many Harvard Business Review books on Decision Making, Leadership, Effective Communications, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Books on presenting, coaching, communications and leadership. I used them all while training Casino Personnel. They needed to know more than the machines, because they interfaced directly with the public, they needed to feel confident and comfortable about their opportunity. One of my favorite books is by Bo Lozoff, It’s a Meaningful Life…It just takes practice, forwarded by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. I enfolded this knowledge into my training. The most influential book I have read in my life is entitled, Enlightenment, by Swami Shantanand. Oh’ yeah since being in Lake Tahoe I’ve read a lot by Samuel Clemons…Mark Twain.
Lots of books mentioned above for the Software front. I would say no one book or a couple is sufficient. Management itself is a difficult task and is very subjective. I would recommend someone who is considering Management to read a lot of Harvard Business review books. They all have a concrete idea to share and these take a lot of reading and effort in implementation to sink in.
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JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-tel. In addition to publishing over 100 papers in scientific journals, JSB has authored numerous articles and reports spanning business strategy and management issues. He was awarded the Harvard Business Review's 1991 McKinsey Award for his article "Research that Reinvents the Corporation" and again in 2002 for his article (with John Hagel) "Your Next IT Strategy." In 1997 he edited the book Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation (Harvard Business Review Books, 1997) about how new organizational structures, technologies, and global perspectives could change the way innovation occurs. He co-authored (with Paul Duguid) the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000), which has been translated into 10 languages with a second edition in April 2002. With John Hagel, he co-authored the books The Only Sustainable Edge about new forms of collaborative innovation and The Power of Pull: how small moves, smartly made can set big things in motion, published April 2010. His most recently published book, The New Culture of Learning, co-authored with Doug Thomas at the University of Southern California, was released January 2011. He is currently working on a new book, co-authored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian at Georgetown University called Design Unbound.