Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

October 17, 2011 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan.

1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis. The Vanity Fair writer and author of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and Liar’s Poker gives a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster

2. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath. Are you unsure where your true talents lie? Do you feel that you are both a person who gets things done and someone who offers penetrating analysis? Well, you can discover whether you are truly an “achiever” or an “analytical” by completing the online quiz. Then, the book will give you “ideas for action” and tips for how best you can work with others. More of a patiencetester than Strengthsfinder, the quiz/book is probably best for those who have lots of time on their hands.

3. The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition): How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World by Fred Reichheld. Shows how practitioners have built Net Promoter into a full-fledged management system that drives extraordinary financial and competitive results.

4. EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. Step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go.

5. How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything…in Business (and in Life) by Dov Seidman. Today’s world is growing more transparent and data-driven, which is why yielding to the age-old temptation to cut corners when it comes to ethics is now more dangerous than ever, Seidman says. He lays out a game plan intended to teach companies how to outbehave their competitors—and win.

6. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey Sachs. Offers a diagnosis of our country’s economic ills and an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.

7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan Heath and Chip Heath. The Heath brothers (coauthors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die) address motivating employees, family members, and ourselves in their analysis of why we too often fear change.

8. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. The author targets group behavior in the final entry of his trilogy of corporate fables. When the instructional tale is over, Lencioni discusses the “five dysfunctions” (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results) and provides a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams and specifics to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings.

9. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell. Shows you how to master each level of leadership and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

10.  The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host.

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