by Jason Fried and David Hansson
PUBLISH DATE MARCH 2010
Rework has been getting a lot of attention lately. In this book, Fried and Hansson make explain why business plans suck and proclaim a manifesto to retire the word “entrepreneur.” The book demonstrates that the regular way of business isn’t necessarily the right way. The authors are founders of 37signal and they explain how they stopped wasting time on paper work, meetings and going to an office and found success. Their advice includes: ignore investors and your competition; ignore the details; and say ‘no’ by default. The book also makes a case for being more productive by talking less and work more without resorting to workaholism.
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd
by Youngme Moon
PUBLISH DATE APRIL 2010
In the book Different, author Youngme Moon takes the rejection of competition a step further. Moon looks at the conventional wisdom pervading in every company in every industry - the absolute importance of “competing like crazy” and provides examples of how other business leaders “get off the treadmill that’s taking them nowhere.” This book argues that going tit for tat and adding features, augmentations, and gimmicks to beat the competition has the perverse result of making a business exactly like every other business. Moon identifies the outliers, the mavericks, and the iconoclasts who have rejected orthodoxy in favor of an approach that is more adventurous. This book will be released April 6, 2010.
The 4-Hour Workweek,Expanded and Updated:
Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere,and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2009
In 2007, Ferriss’s New York Times Best Seller The 4-Hour Work Week captured the attention and imagination of business owners everywhere with its simple concept – succeed by working less. In late December 2009, The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich was released with dozens of real-world success stories from readers, including families, who have implemented Tim’s tactics and strategies to escape the rat race, travel the world, or just take Fridays off.
Do More Great Work
by Michael Bungay Stanier
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2010
Even professionals who are at the top of their games are spending less than a fraction of their time doing “Great Work”—the kind of innovative work that pushes their companies forward, stretches the limits of their creativity, and really satisfies them. In this book, Stanier lays out exercises that intend to help readers make real changes and take steps toward doing less of what they have to do and more of what they want to do.
Daria Meoli is the Executive Editor at The New York Enterprise Report. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org