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10 Career-Boosting Books For Your Summer Reading List

Take some of your free summer hours to dive into one of these books written by well-known business and IT leaders, including Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Andrew Grove, and learn their perspectives on management and success.
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Direct From Dell
Michael Dell started his powerhouse tech company at the age of 19 from his University of Texas college dorm. Dell started with an idea, and with $1,000 that he invested in a business now known around the world. In Direct From Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry, he takes readers through ups, downs, errors, and lessons learned as he built Dell.
Dell's honest insight serves as powerful guidance for aspiring and current leaders who need a motivational boost to keep going in the face of challenges. His strategy for success can help professionals grow their businesses and save themselves the trouble of expensive and potentially disastrous mistakes.
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Direct From Dell

Michael Dell started his powerhouse tech company at the age of 19 from his University of Texas college dorm. Dell started with an idea, and with $1,000 that he invested in a business now known around the world. In Direct From Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry, he takes readers through ups, downs, errors, and lessons learned as he built Dell.

Dell's honest insight serves as powerful guidance for aspiring and current leaders who need a motivational boost to keep going in the face of challenges. His strategy for success can help professionals grow their businesses and save themselves the trouble of expensive and potentially disastrous mistakes.

(Image: Amazon)

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rmoore760
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7/2/2016 | 10:34:01 AM
Books for Summer Reading - One you might want to add.
While not on this list; you might want to include Bill McChrystal's Team of Teams.  While we hear everyone over use and perhaps misuse the term or word "Agile"; this book is perhaps one of the better ones in truly understanding the fundamentals for incorporating an agile ability within a business.  While this book may not be totally focused on business nor written by a past or current business leader; it does have a lot of business value if one has an ability to read deeper than just the words on the page.  True Business Agility (we believe) takes a set of inherent characteristics that must be developed starting at the top and nurtured down through the organization.  True Business Agility ironically decreases the upper level management's span of responsibility while at the same time increases their span of control through the effective use of better information leading to better future business decisional control and future business responsiveness.  Developing both the capability for lower level management to quickly make tactical responsive issue decisions and the ability for upper level management to trust that effective and correct decisions are made by lower level management permits upper level management to focus more on the strategic future business decisions.  While we have always "expected" lower level management to address the "daily operational" business needs; true Agility can only occur when lower level management is permitted to make actual and / or critical business decisions at the root level of operational issues.  Upper level management must trust and support these lower level business decisions while at the same time being focused on the higher level business decisions that direct and control the future of the business.  While I believe this is one of the fundamental points in all of these books; perhaps the underlying fact is that all of these business leaders appeared to possess some ability to provide a level of agility within varying degrees within their organizations.  But perhaps part of their lessons learned is how difficult both the incorporation of lower level agile capability and upper level trust ability combined with executive management's targeted focus on the future rather than today's operational needs can be to truly possess an Agile business.  In our opinion an Agile Business isn't just one that has a set of Policies and Procedures for Agile nor a set of tools, philosophy statement, or other such "tangible objects", but a business that has incorporated and developed a set of "innate characteristics" that help comprise the root composition of the business.  Thus perhaps read this book for intra-perspective thought and the other 10 for assessing your business future.    
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7/1/2016 | 11:59:14 AM
Focusing on big data
Great list! The more people are comfortable with understanding, leveraging and applying big data, the higher value they offer to their organizations going forward. Peter Fretty, IDG blogger for SAS big Data Forum
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