28 May 2019


Alumni and Faculty Books for June 2019


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Edited by Margie Kelley

Alumni Books

How High Can You Soar? Eight Powers to Lift You to Your Full Potential
by Jennifer Adams (OPM 51, 2018)
Beyond Words Publishing
What is holding you back from your biggest dreams? What steps can you take to overcome your obstacles and reach them? In How High Can You Soar, Adams recounts her humble childhood and the challenges she faced as a young girl, and how she overcame them and went on to live the life of her dreams. After experiencing adversity, poverty, and personal tragedy, Jennifer made a decision to transform her life and work toward her deepest aspirations. Through purposeful steps, bold action, and an unleashed imagination, she built her new life from the ground up. Now she is the CEO of her own multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand and ready to share the steps she took with readers who long to have the same kind of success.

 

The Missionary of Wall Street: From Managing Money to Saving Souls on the Streets of New York
by Stephen Auth (MBA 1985)
Sophia Institute Press
In The Missionary of Wall Street, Auth shares dozens of riveting and often funny stories about ordinary Catholics from the financial sector evangelizing their wary New York neighbors.

 

Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything
by Charles Conn (MBA 1990) and Robert McLean
Wiley
Complex problem solving is a critical skill, and necessary to keep up with rapid change. But this kind of problem solving is not taught in most graduate schools. In Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything, authors Conn and McLean—both veterans of McKinsey & Co.—offer a seven-step, systematic approach to creative problem solving, developed in top consulting firms, that will work in any field or industry. Based on a highly visual, logic-tree method that can be applied to everything from everyday decisions to strategic issues in business to global social challenges, the authors provide 30 detailed, real-world examples to transform the way you approach problems and take you to the next level of business and personal success.

 

RED Hotel
by Ed Fuller (AMP 101, 1987) and Gary Grossman
Beaufort Books
When a bomb rips the façade off the Kensington Hotel in Tokyo, dozens are killed and injured while one man walks calmly away from the wreckage. Former Army intelligence officer Dan Reilly, now an international hotel executive with high-level access to the CIA, makes it his mission to track him down. He begins a jet-setting search for answers as the clock ticks down to a climactic event that threatens NATO and the security of member nations. Through his connections, Reilly learns that the Tokyo bomber is not acting alone. Facilitated by the official government of a fearsome global superpower, the implications and reasons for these attacks are well beyond anything Reilly could have imagined, and point not to random acts of terror, but calculated acts of war. RED Hotel is a timely globetrotting thriller on the edge of reality.

 

Weapons of Peace
by Peter D. Johnston (MBA 1990)
Goldrook Publishing
What If the Nazis developed the Atom Bomb first? Recovering from gunshot wounds and confined to an ancient English castle, America's top negotiator shares the secrets of his interrupted mission and his craft with the only person he dares to trust—a young British nurse with a troubled past. When she proves to be an exceptional student of his laws of influence, he urges her to help him complete his mission: Hitler has an atom bomb, and his scientists must be persuaded to undermine their own creation. Johnston, a bestselling author and international negotiator, has crafted a thought-provoking thriller that immerses us in one of history's most pivotal moments. In this novel inspired by two true stories from the Second World War, a young British nurse and a seasoned American negotiator, both plagued by remorse, try to change the course of history—and their own lives.

 

The Captain, Linda and the Tiger Shark: Their Love Was His Armor
by Carlos M. Lago (MBA 1977)
Mill City Press
A novel about love almost lost to the sea—and what lurks within.

 

Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream: How Technology Is Transforming Lending and Shaping a New Era of Small Business Opportunity
by Karen G. Mills (MBA 1977)
Palgrave Macmillan
Small businesses are the biggest job creators and offer a path to the American Dream. But for many, it is difficult to get the capital they need to operate and succeed. In the Great Recession, access to capital for small businesses froze. For years after, the outlook was bleak. In Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream, Mills—the former U.S. Small Business Administrator and Senior Fellow at HBS— focuses on the needs of small businesses for capital and how technology will transform the small business lending market. This ambitious book grapples with the broad significance of small business to the economy, the historical role of credit markets, the dynamics of innovation cycles, and the policy implications for regulation.

 

Air-Crazy, Too: More Fascinating Stories of Canadian Women in the Air
by Elizabeth Muir (HRPBA 1958)
Another Chapter Publishing
Muir tells the stories of Canadian women airplane, blimp, glider pilots, skydivers, and balloonists for younger (ages 8+) readers, through engaging biographies and full-color photos, in this reprise of the original book.

 

A Women's History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership
by Elizabeth Muir (HRPBA 1958)
University of Toronto Press
Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity, as she traces 2,000 years of female leadership, influence, and participation in the Christian church. From the earliest female apostle and the two Marys—the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene—to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess, and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female “witches,” Muir offers broad coverage of both Catholic and Protestant traditions and a wide geographical scope in this comprehensive text.

 

Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too
by Carol Novello (MBA 1991), with Ginny Graves
Grand Central Publishing
Novello profiles the transformational impact that shelter pets have on humans, exploring the emotional, physical, and spiritual gifts that rescued animals provide. It explores through anecdote, observation, and scientific research, the complexity and depth of the role that pets play in our lives. Every story brings an unrecognized benefit of adopting homeless animals to the forefront of the rescue conversation. A former senior software executive, Novello is the founder of MutualRescue.Org, a national media initiative that highlights the connection between people and pets in order to inspire and support life-saving rescue efforts.

 

Girl Mogul: Dream It. Do It. Change the World
by Tiffany Pham (MBA 2012)
Imprint
“You are fierce. You are bold. You are unique. You are driven. You are inspiring. YOU ARE A GIRL MOGUL.” As founder and CEO of Mogul, Pham has created one of the most successful platforms for girls worldwide. In Girl Mogul, she speaks directly to teens and young adults, sharing insights from her own life as well from the lives of the most incredible and inspiring women on Mogul.

 

How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses
by Jules Pieri (MBA 1986)
McGraw-Hill Education
Do you have an idea for a business but don’t know where to start? Thanks to high-speed Internet, game-changing technology, and innovative new platforms, you can go from idea to marketplace on a shoestring budget and join the growing movement of successful makers who’ve built their businesses from the ground up. In How We Make Stuff Now, Pieri―cofounder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform that helps innovative products reach a community of millions―guides you through every step of the consumer product creation process.

 

Connected Strategy: Building Continuous Customer Relationships for Competitive Advantage
by Nicolaj Siggelkow (PHDBE 1998) and Christian Terwiesch
Harvard Business Review Press
What if there were a way to turn occasional, sporadic transactions with customers into long-term, continuous relationships—while simultaneously driving dramatic improvements in operational efficiency? What if you could break your existing trade-offs between superior customer experience and low cost? In this book, strategy and operations experts Siggelkow and Terwiesch reveal the emergence of connected strategies as a new source of competitive advantage. With in-depth examples from companies operating in industries such as healthcare, financial services, mobility, retail, entertainment, nonprofit, and education, Connected Strategy identifies the four pathways—respond-to-desire, curated offering, coach behavior, and automatic execution—for turning episodic interactions into continuous relationships.

 

Happiness to the Power of Infinity
by Rohit Sodha (GMP 22)
Self-published
Making friends, falling in love, marrying, having kids, building a career, studying, exercising, eating healthy, practicing spirituality, traveling—we do these to achieve a particular goal, the achievement of which is knowingly or unknowingly linked to us making ourselves happy. We focus so much on the intermediate goal that often we neglect the overarching end goal: happiness. It is central to our existence—the soul of our lives. Everything we do is with the inherent intention of making us happy. In the self-published guide, Sodha shows us how we can achieve incremental happiness by tweaking minor behaviors and dealing with emotional impulses to accentuate their positive impact.

 

Reinventing the Product: How to Transform your Business and Create Value in the Digital Age
by Erik Schaeffer and David Sovie (MBA 1994)
Kogan Page
Reinventing the Product looks at the ways traditional products are transforming into smart connected products and ecosystem platforms at a rate much faster than most organizations think. Schaeffer andSovie show how this reinvention is made possible: by AI and digital technologies, such as IoT sensors, blockchain, advanced analytics, as well as cloud and edge computing. They show how to deliver truly intelligent, and potentially even autonomous, products with the more personalized and compelling experiences that today’s users, consumers and enterprises expect. The book features case studies from global organizations such as Faurecia, Signify, Symmons, and Haier and interviews with thought leaders and business executives from top companies including Amazon, ABB, Tesla, Samsung, and Google, this book provides practical advice for product-making companies as they embark on, or accelerate, their digitization journey.

 

The Hole Truth
by J.A. Turley (PMD 43, 1982)
The Brier Patch
Petroleum engineering professor Tony Zanatelli signs a summer-job contract to manage the drilling of a 20,000-foot-deep exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy company MillPet owns the lease and the well and pays all the bills. After millions have been spent to drill into the deep seismic target, confidential geologic data will reveal to Tony and MillPet a hidden treasure of oil and gas, or that the well is a dry hole. Either way, Tony will go back to his wife and academic life, and MillPet will continue to thrive. Well, maybe. Because the truth, the whole truth, about what resides deep in the hole, is targeted by conspirators who will kill to prove neither life nor truth is bulletproof. This technical crime thriller driven by a RICO conspiracy is Turley’s debut novel and taps into his background in petroleum engineering, ocean engineering, and business, as well as his full career as a professor, drilling engineer, and energy executive.

 

Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Earth Institute Sustainability Primers)
by Bruce Usher (MBA 1992)
Columbia University Press
From wood to coal to oil and gas, the sources of energy on which civilization depends have always changed as technology advances. Now renewables are overtaking fossil fuels, with wind and solar energy becoming cheaper and more competitive every year. Growth in renewable energy will further accelerate as electric vehicles become less expensive than traditional automobiles. Understanding the implications of the energy transition will prepare us for the many changes ahead. This book is a primer for readers of all levels on the coming energy transition and its global consequences. Usher, a professor and Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Businezss School, provides a concise yet comprehensive explanation for the extraordinary growth in wind and solar energy; the trajectory of the transition from fossil fuels to renewables; and the implications for industries, countries, and the climate.

 

Imagination House: An Entrepreneurial Life
by E. Lee Walker (MBA 1967)
Texas A&M University Press
When 21-year-old Michael Dell asked E. Lee Walker to be the president of his fledgling computer company, PC’s Limited, Walker, in his mid-forties, immediately thought about all the people who had helped him through life—as an undergraduate at Texas A&M, a graduate student at Harvard, and a once-young entrepreneur himself. As he and Dell created the foundation of what would become one of the most successful companies in the world, Walker was guided by the lessons of his past business ventures, by his belief in the power of imagination, and by his relationships with people who had provided encouragement when he most needed it. When he left Dell Computer Corporation to teach, Walker discovered that the stories he took with him—of his aspirations, of his failures and triumphs, and of his friends and mentors—were the key to engaging and inspiring his students. Here, Walker records those stories in a memoir that spans five decades and reveals a man whose curiosity, resourcefulness, and luck led him out of South Texas and into corporate boardrooms, university lecture halls, and community activism. In fast-paced tales about life as a high-tech entrepreneur, adjunct professor, civic leader, and environmental advocate, Walker conveys the importance of creative thinking and communal effort in all his endeavors.

 

Handicap Access: An Insider's Guide for Etiquette Towards People with Physical Disabilities
by Laure Wang (MBA 1997)
Self-published
This book is a guide for everyone—caregivers, therapists, and people with physical disabilities—based on Wang’s experiences, and can serve as a handbook of etiquette for the treatment of people with physical disabilities.

 
Faculty Books

Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership
by Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business Review Press
New managers must learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves, to win trust and respect, to motivate, and to strike the right balance between delegation and control. It is a transition many fail to make. By tracing the experiences of 19 new managers over their first year in a managerial role, Hill reveals the complexity of the transition and analyzes the expectations of the managers, their subordinates, and their superiors. New managers describe how they reframed their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, how they learned to build effective work relationships, how and when they used individual and organizational resources, and how they learned to cope with the inevitable stresses of the transformation. Through trial and error, observation and interpretation, the new managers learned what it took to become effective business leaders.

 

The Business of Platforms
by Michael A. Cusumano, Annabelle Gawer, and David B. Yoffie, Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration
HarperBusiness
The Business of Platforms explores the strategic, economic, and technology management challenges of digital platform businesses. The authors explore five major themes: 1) the world’s most valuable companies are all platforms. 2) There are three types of platforms: innovation platforms, transaction platforms, and hybrid platforms. 3) Failure is more likely than winner-take-all. 4) Old “dogs” can learn new tricks: conventional companies can adapt to a platform world with a buy, build, or belong strategy. 5) Platforms are a double-edge sword: abuse of power, bullying, poor labor practices, and bad actors can undermine even the most successful platforms. The book concludes with an exploration of platform battles of the future, including voice wars (Alexa vs. Hey Google vs. Siri), ridesharing and autonomous car platforms, quantum computing, and CRISPR.

 
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