Looking back at the year 2012

Big pile of booksHello everyone!

It has been approximately 3 years since the start of this blog. I think it is appropriate to look at the past year and all the books filled my free time in 2012.

During the years I have developed a habit of keeping a book diary. This is a useful little thing to have. You keep track of what you read and can easily recap old thoughts. Most bookstores sell little booklets dedicated to that purpose. I have opted to keep mine in a textfile.

According to my records I read 18 books last year, 13 of them were business books.

Even though 18 books is an okay pace, it is far from my old records of over 50 books per year. In 2013 I am aiming higher – my target is to read at least 25 books.

Following you will find more concrete list of the books from 2012. It is really hard to pick the best one, but books number 1, 6 and 8 are in my opinion essential for everyone interested in self development and living a rich life.

1. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Franked –> My review
This book is like a personal coach, helping you to identify your weak spots that hold you back. After doing so it gives you suggestions how to develop.

2. Pölli tästä – Jari Parantainen
My favorite Finnish business book author’s collection of ideas about business free to be used as you wish. For those proficient in Finnish language this is awesome nightstand reading.

3. Rework – Jason Freed, David Heinemeier Hanson
Similar to the previous “Pölli tästä”-book, but in plain english. Not a bad book, but I prefer the Finnish one.

4. Tekstiä Ruudulla – Katleena Kortesuo
I believe one of the keys to the success in life and business is Communication. Katleena’s “Tekstiä ruudulla”, is a compact guide to well flowing and correct business communication. Sadly this one is only available in Finnish.

5. The Art of Sale – Philip Delves Broughton
Suggested to me by a colleague of mine, this book is a best study of sales I have ever seen. It was written by the author of “What They Teach You At Harvard Business School” after he realized how undervalued sales skill is even at the HBS.

6. The First 90 Days – Michael Watkins –> My review

This book will give you a framework to follow when you are changing jobs. Highly useful guide for new leaders (and leaders to be) to “hit the ground running”.

7. The 100$ Startup – Chris Guillebeau–> My review
A book about how to do things instead of talking about things. Something that most of us (myself included) should learn more about.

8. The Pyramid Principle – Barbara Minto
Given to me by my ex-boss when I worked in Denmark. He wanted everyone in the team to read this one. It is all about structuring your communication the way it makes sense to others as well. Very theoretical and tough to read but the effort pays itself back manyfold in practice.

9. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter–> My review
A book that can chance your attitude and way of thinking about money. Should not be read as exact advice.

10. The Truth About Managing People – Stephen P. Robbins
A collection of “truths” about managing people unfolded in few page short explanations. Mostly useful as a collection of references to articles and books about management.

Bob_about the 201211. Tee itsestäsi brändi – Katleena Kortesuo –> My review
A book about personal branding in Finnish. Good basic introduction and advice. I was missing hands-on advice on how to start building my own brand. To me that is the most difficult thing with personal branding.

12. Made to Stick – Chip & Dan Heath –> My review
A deep dive to the ingredients of memorable (“sticky”) message. Extremely useful book to anyone interested in more effective communication.

13. The McKinsey Way – Ethan M. Rasiel –> My review
An inside look into the consulting business and best practices in McKinsey.

  • Philip Delves Broughton

    Thanks for including The Art of the Sale. Delighted you liked it. There’s some great company on this list.

  • http://www.businessbooksmakeyourich.com/ Hanno Vainio

    Just as your previous book, it was a pleasure to read this one. The colleague who suggested your book to me is the best and most experienced salesman I know. In his words: “This book really gets it”.