Business authors in 2020 must feel like travelers who packed for the beach and arrived to find the coast pulverized by a tsunami. Some with new books hastily cobbled together forwards or epilogues addressing current events or shoehorned Covid-19 paragraphs into their introductions. But we’ll have to wait until next year (and more likely later) for the deep thinks on what has changed and how to adapt. Meanwhile, 2020 produced some fine titles on leadership, strategy and innovation. As usual, Silicon Valley hogged much of the attention.
Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever, by Alex Kantrowitz
The title comes from Jeff Bezos’s exhortation to employees: approach each day as if it were Amazon’s first because on day two comes “stasis, followed by irrelevance, followed by excruciating, painful decline, followed by death.” That powerful–if ominous–philosophy undergirds the Amazonian culture of innovation: a culture