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Gift guide: The 15 best books of 2015 for IT leaders

John Brandon | Dec. 10, 2015
Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers for a friend, a Secret Santa gift for a coworker or even just a present for yourself, you can’t go wrong with one of these books for business-minded bibliophiles.

Pages: 352 (hardcover)
Publisher: Crown 

12. Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe – Greg Ip 

greg ip foolproof

This is a book about fear – and how that often drives innovation and financial investments. Ip is a Wall Street Journal reporter and his explanations about how anti-lock brakes don’t actually work and why air travel is so safe provide good lessons in smart product development. 

Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 

13. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World – General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell 

general stanley mcchrystal team of teams

One of the best ways to develop a team, is to look at the most efficient, smallest team in your company. That’s the advice General Stanley McChrystal makes in his book on leadership, based on experiences building a smaller task force in Afghanistan. 

Pages: 304 (hardcover)
Publisher: Portfolio 

14. Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It – Marc Goodman 

marc goodman future crimes

To get a better handle on security practices for the coming decade and more, read about the potential crimes before they even happen. Future Crimes covers how your smartphone can be used to track your location and how the bad guys are using Facebook to steal personal data. 

Pages: 464 (hardcover)
Publisher: Doubleday 

15. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be – Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter

marshall goldsmith triggers 

What are the triggers for success? In this remarkably well-researched book, there are examples from leaders in business and practical advice about how to trigger actions in your own life. Marshall Goldsmith is an executive coach who looks closely at behaviors that influence success. 

Pages: 272 (hardcover)
Publisher: Crown Business

 

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