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Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader

by Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O'Donnell
(Harvard Business Review Press)
This fictional narrative about newly minted CEO Jim Barton allows readers to walk beside Jim as he takes on his new role and its attendant challenges. His story, which Professor Emeritus Nolan and his coauthors developed in collaboration with seasoned, real-life CEOs, includes crucial lessons for anyone hoping to master the new-world skills required of successful business leaders today. As Jim grapples with an array of business crises, he seeks counsel from a panel of advisers, resulting in a wealth of teaching moments.

Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the
Teams That Got Them Right

by Thomas H. Davenport and Brook Manville
(Harvard Business Review Press)
Despite increasing reliance on analytics to make decisions, many critical choices still come down to human judgment, based on the best available insights. Visiting Professor Davenport and his coauthor relate 12 stories of organizations that have successfully tapped their data assets, diverse perspectives, and deep base of knowledge to build organizational decision-making capabilities. The book introduces a model that uses a firm's collective judgment so that the right decisions are made and the entire organization profits.

Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding & Using Analytics

by Thomas H. Davenport and Jinho Kim
(Harvard Business Review Press)
We're moving beyond the information age into the quantitative information age. To be successful these days, managers need to be better informed consumers of data, more conversant with analytical thinking and methods, and better at working with quantitative information. Visiting Professor Davenport and his coauthor offer practical tools to improve understanding of data analytics and enhance managerial thinking and decision-making, including the crucial skills of how to formulate a hypothesis, gather and analyze relevant data, interpret and communicate analytical results, develop habits of quantitative thinking, and deal effectively with an organization's "quants."

What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

by Robert Steven Kaplan
(Harvard Business Review Press)
Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Drawing on many years of real-life experiences in helping people achieve their aspirations and rethink their personal and career development, Professor of Management Practice Kaplan covers in depth the critical issues that managers must address to set and achieve their ultimate goals: assessing strengths and weaknesses; understanding passions (and translating them into career opportunities); knowing themselves; exhibiting character and leadership traits that help them go from good to great; creating mutually beneficial relationships; and building their capabilities in a way that fits their passions and aspirations.

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