Best Business Books of 2006, MAKE Winners in 2006, Writing and KM

02-Jan-07 Archive of Weekly KM Blog by Stan Garfield

KM Books

The Best Business Books of 2006? by Dave Pollard

“The 15 best business books of 2006 are listed below. Don’t look for them in the business section of your bookstore. In fact, don’t waste your time in the business section at all, at least until the publishers stop recycling the nonsense of the last century and come clean about what’s really going on in the corporate world. I’m not holding my breath. The emperor has no clothes, yet the publishers are making a fortune selling emperors and emperor-wannabes ‘invisible cloth’. If you buy it, better hope you’ve got nothing to hide.

In the meantime, the 15 books below are worth an investment of your time and money. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, they’ll give you knowledge that will put you in good stead. And if you’re still working for corporatists, they might give you the courage to break free and become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

What’s Really Going On in the World:

  • The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery — what global warming will wreak in the coming years
  • Heat by George Monbiot — how to stop global warming by reducing CO2 by 90%
  • The Great Turning by David Korten — principles for a Living Economy
  • Waiting for the Macaws by Terry Glavin — how we’re precipitating the Sixth Great Extinction
  • The Place You Love is Gone by Melissa Pierson — how the loss of place, and our sense of it, impoverishes our culture
  • Made to Break by Giles Slate — planned obsolescence and the economic necessity for a throw-away culture
  • On the Rampage by Robert Weissman and Russell Mokhiber — “71 trenchant essays on corporate soulessness from two of America’s leading reporters on corporate misbehavior” (says Dennis Kucinich)

Entrepreneurship, and Living & Working Responsibly:

  • To Be of Use by Dave Smith — how and why to be an entrepreneur and of service to humanity at the same time
  • The Small-Mart Revolution by Michael Shuman — diagnosing the reasons entrepreneurial businesses face an uneven playing field and an unfair competitive disadvantage versus the multinational corporatist oligopolies, and what to do about it
  • Values-Driven Business by Ben Cohen & Mal Warwick — why putting principles before profit is not only right, but sustainable as well
  • The Logic of Sufficiency by Thomas Princen — why an economy based on collective, networked community-based self-management, optimizing the well-being of all life, balancing all interests and appreciating natural constraints, and producing and distributing only, but generously, what is needed, just makes sense

Research, Information & Technology:

  • Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens — How technology and complexity are changing the nature of knowledge, connection and learning (my review coming shortly); available for download free
  • The Shangri-La Diet by Seth Roberts — not a diet book as much as a book on self-experimentation as a fundamental mechanism for primary research, and also, because it became a best-seller by stealth, also a great case study in viral marketing

Market Intelligence: Understanding Human Behaviour:

  • American Backlash by Michael Adams — how Americans (as consumers and citizens) are diverging more and more from those living in other affluent nations
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert — why you’re less likely to be happy in the future than you think”

KM Links

North American, European, and Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Winners for 2006

2006 North American MAKE Winners in alphabetical order:

  1. Apple Computer
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Fluor
  4. Google
  5. Halliburton
  6. Hewlett-Packard
  7. Microsoft
  8. Raytheon
  9. 3M
  10. US National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Six organizations repeated as North American MAKE Winners: Fluor, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Raytheon and 3M.

2006 European MAKE Winners listed in alphabetical order:

  1. BMW (Germany) — Motor vehicles
  2. BP (UK) — Oil & gas
  3. British Broadcasting Corporation (UK) — Media
  4. Novo Nordisk (Denmark) — Pharmaceuticals
  5. Repsol YPF (Spain) — Oil & Gas
  6. Schlumberger (France) — Oil & gas equipment and services
  7. Siemens (Germany) — Electronics & electrical equipment
  8. Telefonica (Spain) — Telecommunications
  9. UBS (Switzerland) — Financial services
  10. Unilever (Netherlands/UK) — Household and personal products

2006 Asian MAKE Winners listed in alphabetical order:

  1. BHP Billiton (Australia) — Mining & mineral resources
  2. Canon (Japan) — Computers & office equipment
  3. Honda Motor (Japan) — Motor vehicles
  4. Infosys Technologies (India) — Information technology services
  5. LG Electronics (S. Korea) — Electronics and electrical equipment
  6. Nissan Motor (Japan) — Motor vehicles
  7. POSCO (S. Korea) — Metal fabrication
  8. Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (S. Korea) — Research
  9. Samsung SDS (S. Korea) — Information technology services
  10. Satyam Computer Services (India) — Information technology services
  11. Sony (Japan) — Electronics and electrical equipment
  12. Tata Consultancy Services (India) — Information technology services
  13. Tata Steel (India) — Metal fabrication
  14. Toyota (Japan) — Motor vehicles
  15. Unilever Indonesia (Indonesia) — Household and personal products
  16. Wipro Technologies (India) — Information technology services

KM Questions

Q: Are good writing skills important to someone working in knowledge management?

A: Yes, they are very important. Many of the elements of a successful knowledge management program require excellence in writing. Here are some examples.

  1. communicating: informing current and potential users about progress in the KM initiative through web sites, reports, wikis, blogs, and newsletters
  2. training: creating content for courses and self-paced modules
  3. documentation: writing user guides, manuals, and help files
  4. methodologies: writing policies, rules, and procedures
  5. creation: describing new concepts, approaches, methods, techniques, products, services, and ideas
  6. capture: writing and collecting documents, presentations, lessons learned, and proven practices
  7. collaboration: interacting with peers and colleagues through email and threaded discussions
  8. storytelling: writing narrative
  9. intranet: creating and editing content
  10. enterprise social networks and threaded discussions: posting and replying
  11. blogs and wikis: writing and editing content
  12. podcasts and videos: writing scripts

The more effective you are in written communications, the more likely you are to gain support for your program, attract and energize users, and explain how to take advantage of the components of the program. If you are already a good writer, then invest time in communicating about your program. If you need to develop your writing skills, take a class such as AMA’s 2-Day Business Writing Workshop.

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Knowledge Management Author and Speaker, Founder of SIKM Leaders Community, Community Evangelist, Knowledge Manager https://sites.google.com/site/stangarfield/

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