Looking back at the year 2013

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Hello Everyone!

It is again a time for the once a year check at my book diary (For some odd reason it has become a tradition to do it around April and not at the end of the year).

As some of my old readers know, I have kept track of all the books I have read since December 2008. It is a fun way of getting more out of the reading experience by organizing your thoughts on paper afterwards. These old notes are also quite amusing to read afterwards.

In 2012 read 18 books. This felt low, so I set out to read more in the next year. Sadly I did not really succeed in this.

My end of the year total was only 15 books, eight of them business books. Some books were giant 1000+ pages long bricks and some just took a looong time to finish. Still, I cannot help but to think that it would be better for me to read more. Luckily I am already on a good track for this year with 4 books finished and one on the go.

Here is the list of the business books I had a chance to read in 2013:

1. This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency paradox – Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström

I had heard of the Lean concept before at the university courses and later at work, but never really understood it. Read this book if you want to get an idea of what the Lean concept is and what it can help to achieve.

2. Kokousten seitsemän kuolemansyntiä – Reetta Koski & Katleena Kortesuo

Short and easy to read book about arranging successful meetings co-authored by one of my favorite Finnish authors. This book is especially great for people new to this subject and a good review of the subject for people already familiar with the concepts.

3. Mikä tekee yrittäjästä menestyvän – Eero Lehti; Timo Rope; Manne Pyykkö

A book about the differences between “successful” and merely “ok” entrepreneurs. The core idea of the book is very interesting but I would actually question the quality of the research that the authors made. Regardless the book had few very interesting ideas.

4. Lean Startup – Eric Ries –> My review

This book is considered to be one of the books every current and future entrepreneur should have read. While I think the core idea is strong the book is difficult to follow.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie –> My review

This book is one of the most famous self-help books of all time, a classic that is focusing on communication, people skills and networking. I am ready to argue that the advice is still valid to this day.

6. Neuvotteluvalta: Miten tulen huippuneuvottelijaksi – Sami Miettinen, Juhana Torkki

In 2013 I focused on learning more about sales and negotiations. This book about how to become a great negotiator caught my eyes. It is a great overview of the subject and now on my list of “books that I need to re-read”. Especially the lessons about the meticulous target setting for a negotiation situation caught my eyes. I have used that successfully at my own daily work ever since.

7. Managing Oneself – Peter F. Drucker

I had heard that Peter Drucker’s books are worth reading, so I got this one for myself from Amazon. As it turns out it is not really a book, rather an essay or short article. It is encouraging you to find out who you are, what are your goals and where do your strengths lie. Very basic advice but that is where the self development starts.

8. Getting Things Done – David Allen –> My review

Getting Things Done is a methodology to… well, get things done. It helps you to build habit of efficiently going through, filing and processing all incoming requests, data and information, without overloading your brain in the process.

  • Nick Hampshire

    A couple of books in this list sound right up my street. I’ll definitely look into those. Thank you for posting up this list. I would add Business Storytelling for Dummies http://www.juststoryit.com/. Wonderfully written by experts Karen Dietz and Lori Silverman. This book has taught me so many new things that I really did not grasp before and I can’t deny the results. My business is my life so this book has been quite the life changer. Fantastically informative read throughout.

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

    I am glad to hear you got some ideas from the list. Also thank you for the book suggestion! I personally think there are few key skills everyone should have and communication (or in other words – storytelling) is one of them. I will add the book onto my reading list. :)

    In the meanwhile I can suggest you to have a look at “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heat. Its all about how to make an effect with your stories. (http://www.businessbooksmakeyourich.com/2012/03/how-to-be-successful-at-making-your-message-to-stick/)