Books: Getting Results in Business

Doing What Matters: How to Get Results That Make a Difference The Revolutionary Old-School Approach
by James M. Kilts, John F. Manfredi and Robert L. Lorber
Jim Kilts may not be a celebrity CEO, but he's something far more impressive: the only guy to ever successfully overhaul three major companies—Gillette, Kraft and Nabisco. Here he spells out the methods he used to right those three listing ships, and he shows how readers can apply those same techniques to get results in their own careers. Kilts can occasionally get folksy and his advice is sometimes obvious, but his tips for spotting key issues and quickly finding the right fixes make him what Gillette's owner Warren Buffett called him: "a rarity."

Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by- Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
by Ian Ayres
With the shift from old-time pen-and-paper record-keeping to digitalinformation management largely completed in most of the world, humans now sit atop a vast and ever-growing mountain of statistics. And although data-driven stock trading has come in for harsh criticism as markets have turned volatile, Yale Law School professor Ayres argues that in the right hands—and brains—the data explosion actually enables better decision making in fields as various as medical diagnosis, airline-ticket pricing and Hollywood screenwriting. It's a revolution that is well underway, and while Ayres acknowledges the potential for companies to manipulate and abuse consumers, his main point is to enlighten his readers about how the seemingly arcane world of statistics touches all of us.

Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done Now!
by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig
If you're like most people, you're already balancing multiple roles not just within your workplace, but between the workplace and that other world of responsibilities you think of as "real life." Veteran corporate trainers Loflin and Musig don't have that much new to say on reconciling conflicting responsibilities, and their use of circus motifs may annoy some readers. But their lighthearted, don't-takeit-so-seriously approach should lend some comfort to the afflicted.