Summaries of the Week

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Thanks to pioneering firms like SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has become one of America's leading businessmen. He is often compared to Steve Jobs in terms of his vision and drive. Many are curious how Musk attained his success and what is next for his companies. In Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance provides a biography of the business giant and offers insight into his work and personal life.

Vance, Ashlee
Organize Tomorrow Today

Organize Tomorrow Today

The demands for people's time and attention are intense in the modern world, partly due to the convenience of digital technology but also because multi-tasking is considered to be a necessary virtue. As a result, individuals can become overwhelmed or distracted. Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow are experts at cutting through distractions and helping people organize their minds to utilize their strengths, increase their productivity, and replace stress with success.

Selk, Jason
Global Kata

Global Kata

Lean business practices have been made famous by Toyota. However, too many companies try to simply imitate Toyota and are disappointed when they do not see positive results. To succeed with Lean, organizations must create their own continuous improvement cultures and adapt Lean practices to their unique needs. In Global Kata, Terence T. Burton outlines a process by which companies can develop and implement Lean practices that are aligned to their circumstances and are more likely to deliver results.

Burton, Terence T.
Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Promotions, departures, retirements, and new hires all have the potential to disrupt an organization's trajectory. However, in Passing the Torch, Wanda Piña-Ramírez and Norma Dávila outline steps an organization can use to ensure that business continuity is maintained during these times of transition. The book serves as a guide to help companies grow and succeed regardless of who may be moving on from or into any particular role.

Piña-Ramírez, Wanda
Fail Fast or Win Big

Fail Fast or Win Big

In Fail Fast or Win Big, Bernhard Schroeder provides readers with a detailed approach for succeeding in today's changing business world. Schroeder reviews the components of traditional business plans, outlines comprehensive reasons for why they are outdated, and presents his newLeanModel Framework for failing fast and winning big.

Schroeder, Bernhard