The top 10 books borrowed by Microsoft UK staff

Originally saw this over at the Microsoft UK Schools Blog.

The Top 5

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 51Osk63EaBL._SL160_ Have read this myself.  Worked with a bloke who thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.  Considering that Mark Macy was one of the sharpest operators I’ve ever worked with, I’d recommend a read.
I thought the next book was a better read.
Getting Things Done412mHGHqzzL._SL160_ This is the book I loved when I read it.
My biggest problems with GTD is that
a) I fall off the wagon, and
b) I’ve yet to find a rigorous method to manage my tasks.
How Would You Move Mount Fuji?41EKJT9JEYL._SL160_ “Microsoft’s Cult of the Puzzle: How the World’s Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers”

Or, as I’ve often said to people, the thought process  on how to work though solving the problem is more important than just knowing the answer.
I would move Mt Fuji by erecting a SEP field.
But why are Microsoft staffers reading a book on how companies like Microsoft are selecting staff?

The Tipping Point.41iEG6VDU9L._SL160_ Have not read this book, and judging by the Amazon reviews, I won’t be anytime soon.
Linked.41f2lxLHk8L._SL160_ “How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What it Means for Business, Science and Everyday Life”
Apparently talks about how everything is inter-linked.
That everything is interlinked, does not surprise me.

The bottom 5

Pitch YourselfPitch Yourself - The Most Effective CV You'll Ever Write “The Most Effective CV You’ll Ever Write. The Best Interview You’ll Ever Give. Secure the Job You Really Want”

Marketing meets Job Hunting.  People don’t sell themselves.  Will this book help you get a job all by itself???  I have my doubts.

The Search
The Search - How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed our Culture
“How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed our Culture”

I’ve read the Amazon reviews, and heck, I still don’t know what the book is about.

The New Solution Selling
The New Solution Selling - The Revolutionary Sales Process That is Changing the Way People Sell
“The Revolutionary Sales Process That is Changing the Way People Sell”

Crossing the ChasmCrossing the Chasm - Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

“Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers”
From Wikipedia:
’… is a marketing book by Geoffrey A. Moore that focuses on the specifics of marketing high tech products during the early start up period. Moore’s exploration and expansion of the diffusions of innovations model has had a significant and lasting impact on high tech entrepreneurship.’

Good to GreatGood to Great -  Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't “Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t”

A bit dated.  As soon as I saw a reference to Fannie Mae being a great company, this book lost all credibility for me.

 

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