Summer books of 2022: Business

The power of regretHow does looking back move us forward?
Written by Daniel Pink Canongate £16.99 / Riverhead Books $28

Pink recalls regret as a source of motivation at work, in jobs, or in life in general. The book is filled with insights about loss, disappointment, and paths not followed, drawn from extensive surveys of people’s deepest regrets, but it ends with an upbeat ethic that it is never too late to set the course.

office no placeReinventing work and the workplace of the future
by Julia Hobsbawm, Hachette £18.99

Cleverly timed for one of the great post-pandemic debates, this is a short and lively primer on the future of work, which Covid-19 has surprisingly accelerated into the present. It’s too early to say which of Hobsbawm’s predictions will come true, but it makes a compelling case for seizing an opportunity to recast the old way – and place – of action.

all we areUncover the hidden facts behind our behavior at work
Written by Gabriella Brown Piatkus £16.99

In a series of case studies drawn from her work as a counselor and psychoanalyst, Brown discovers facts about what drives workers and the important connections to their lives outside of the workplace. The Financial Times reviewer said the book was “fantastic” and that his insights on workplace stress were “absolutely gripping”.

CrossHow do leaders become strategic?
Written by Richard Rumelt Profile Books £16.99 / $30 PublicAffairs

Solid direct evidence of strategy flaws, based on the climbing metaphor (the “essence” being the hardest part of rock climbing). Strategy is a journey “through a series of challenges, over and over,” Rumelt writes, drawing on a wide range of real-world business dilemmas to illustrate how to tackle them.

25 million sparksThe untold story of refugee entrepreneurs
Written by Andrew Leon Hanna Cambridge University Press £14.99

A sharply objective and original exploration of the exceptional drive for entrepreneurship in refugees, based on the anecdotes of three Syrian case studies. Hanna weaves the narrative narrative of their stories into a broader analysis of the stark scale of the global refugee crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine since the book was completed.

The La Club: Put an end to women’s dead end work
By Linda Babcock, Brenda Besser, Liz Westerlund and Laurie Weingart Little, Brown Book Group £14.99 / Simon & Schuster $27.99

Four academics use their research in so-called “non-promotable assignments,” in which women volunteer (or volunteer), as a basis for how to solve the underappreciated workplace problem. Learning to say no is only one part of it: it also identifies organizational and structural flaws that subtly maintain the gender imbalance.

Summer 2022 books

All this week, Financial Times writers and critics shared their favorites. Some of the highlights are:

Monday: The Economics of Martin Wolf
Tuesday: Andrew Hill’s work
Wednesday: Laura Battle novel
Thursday: History of Tony Barber
Friday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Saturday: Critics’ Choice

work redesign: How to Transform Your Organization and Make Mixed Work for Everyone
by Linda Gratton, Penguin Business £14.99 / The MIT Press $19.95

Drawing on examples from the global network of innovative employers she works with, professor and consultant Gratton maps out an engaging and practical roadmap for the hybrid world of work. In reviewing the book for FT, Kevin Ellis, Head of PwC UK, said it sent a clear message – ‘don’t leave the future of work to chance’, because redesigning work and the workplace requires rigor and discipline.

Butler to the world: How Britain became a handmaiden to big business, tax evaders, kleptocrats and criminals
by Oliver Polo, Profile books £20

Jeeves’s very sharp reworking of P.G. Wodehouse as a darker metaphor for the UK’s post-imperial role as a servant of the wealthy. Bullough analyzes a range of ways in which British institutions have repositioned themselves to launder reputations and soften financial intrigue. “Very easy to read” account, according to a Financial Times review.

force lawVenture capital and the art of disruption
by Sebastian Mallaby, Allen Lane £25 / Penguin Press $30

Mallabi traces the revolution in the venture capital industry from its inception in the 1950s to today, standing behind some of the biggest names in technology, from Facebook to Amazon. He makes a strong case that despite the occasional missteps of venture capitalists, the risk-taking and their vision helped change the world for the better. “A comprehensive and authoritative history,” according to a Financial Times review.

The man who broke capitalism: How Jack Welch destroyed the heart of the earth and crushed corporate America – and how to undo his legacy
by David Gillies, Simon & Schuster £19.99 / $28

An ambitious, unabashedly one-sided critique of the business career and broader legacy of Jack Welch, the late CEO of General Electric, who was once dubbed “the manager of the century.” Giles, a New York Times correspondent (and former Financial Times reporter), describes how “Welshism” has poisoned not only corporate capitalism but the broader American economy and politics.

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