New Books from HBR Press for January

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
by and Rajendra S.

Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and . Featuring some of today’s best-known companies, Mackey and Sisodia illustrate how these two forces can &#8212 and do &#8212 work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders: including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment: “We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free-enterprise is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to something even greater.”

Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration
by Leigh Thompson

Think of your to-do list at work. Chances are the most important tasks require you to work with others &#8212 and the success of those endeavors depends on the effectiveness of your collaboration. According to management expert Leigh Thompson, collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces what she calls a “creative conspiracy.” Teams that conspire to organize themselves, motivate one another, and combine their talents to meet creative challenges are the hallmark of the most successful organizations.

HBR Guide to Better Business Writing
by Bryan A. Garner

When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a nicety. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over. The Guide to Better Business Writing by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them.

Also check out the HBR Guide to Project Management and the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across

The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism

by Rodolphe Durand and Jean-Philippe Vergne

When capitalism spread along the trade routes toward the Indies…when radio opened an era of mass communication…when the Internet became part of the global economy…pirates were there. And although most people see pirates as solitary anarchists out to destroy capitalism, it turns out the opposite is true. They are the ones who forge the path. In The Pirate Organization, Rodolphe Durand and Jean-Philippe Vergne argue that piracy drives capitalism’s evolution and foreshadows the direction of the economy.

Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader
By Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O’Donnell

Being a great leader today is much harder than you think &#8212 Meet Jim Barton. He’s a newly minted CEO, rising leader of a firm in transition, and manager of massive complexity &#8212 thanks to our incredibly networked and increasingly unpredictable world of business. What if you were in his shoes? If you’re a top executive today, you probably are. Harder Than I Thought is a fictional narrative that puts the increasingly complex job of Chief Executive in a very real context.

Work Smarter with Evernote
by Alexandra Samuel

Whether you’ve always wanted to try Evernote or have only dabbled with it in the past, you can take your professional life to the next level by making this tool one of your go-to systems for staying organized. Evernote can help you become more focused and effective on the job &#8212 and get ahead in your career. This short, practical book shows you how. In this new HBR Single, social media expert Alexandra Samuel demonstrates the most effective ways to use this popular (and free) web-based notebook system.

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