REFERENCE MATERIAL - Books, etc
Business Basics for Engineers by Mike Volker, P.Eng
This is a sequel to the well-read "E-Myth" published some years ago.
Denzil Doyle, "Making Technology Happen" (available from Mike Volker) - a good starter for technology entrepreneurs.
Author Dennis Perkins et al, "Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Limits of Human Endurance" (great book on Leadership based on Shackleton's Antarctic expedition).
Roger Allen, "Winnie the Pooh on Management", Everybodys favourite bear dispenses savvy ideas on how to implement and maintain positive management techniques within a business covering topics like setting objectives, developing communications, leadership skills and more.
Ken R. Blawatt, "Entrepreneurship - Process & Management" - good for startups (written by an SFU Adjunct Prof)
John P. Kotter, "Matsushita Leadership" (a must read on tenacious and innovative entrepreneurship!)
Jeff Papows, "Enterprise.com" - market leadership in the information age (Papows is CEO of Lotus). An Insider's Guide To The It Revolution.
Paul Grescoe, "The Mavericks: Lessons from the West's Winning Entrepreneurs", some insights into select Western Canadian business entrepreneurs.
Michael E. Porter, "Competitive Strategy" - techniques for analyzing industries and competitors. Porter has dozens of other great books on competition.
Nuala Beck, "Shifting Gears" - Thriving in the New Economy. Beck, a Canadian, has written various other popular "new economy" books as well.
David K. Foot, "Boom, Bust & Echo" - a great read for consumer trends in Canada.
Geoffrey A Moore, "Crossing the Chasm" - a must-read for technology entrepreneurs. This is an insightful book on marketing and selling hi-tech products.
Geoffrey A Moore, "Inside the Tornado", a sequel to "Crossing the Chasm". Popular with tech managers. Marketing strategies from Silicon Valley's cutting edge.
Stephen Covey, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" - a best seller on personal management. How to develop oneself to be more effective.
Michael Gerber, "The E-Myth Manager". A great book about why companies fail and what to do about it. Helps you decide what you want to do.
Peter F Drucker, "Managing for the Future", an interesting book on managing in the 1990's and beyond. Drucker has written numerous classic texts on business and is a leading business guru.
Warren Bennis, Michael Mische, "The 21st Century Organization", a topical text on Reengineering.
James A Belasco, Ralph Stayer, "Flight of the Buffalo", a good book for managers on how to let employees lead.
Bill Gates, "The Road Ahead", a so-so read.
Canadian Securities Institute - How to Read Financial Statements, Investment Terms and Definitions (contact CSI in Vancouver at tel: 683-1338)
John T. Ramsay, "Technology Transfers and Licensing" - a great textbook on the subject of Intellectual Property written by a Calgarian and active practitioner with a business and legal background.
Albert E Muir, "The Technology Transfer System", a good American textbook on technology transfer.
William Illsey Atkinson, Prototype: How Canadian Innovation is Shaping the Future - recent (2001) book on innovative Canadians and their companies.
Len Brody et al, Innovation Nation, Published by Wiley.
Len Brody & David Raffa, "Everything I needed to know about Busines, I learned from a Canadian", Published by Wiley.
Darcy Rezac, "The Frog and Prince", Frog & Prince Networking Corp, Vancouver BC.
Richard Branson, "Losing
My Virginity", - The flamboyant Virgin entrepreneur from the
United Kingdom shares some of his business successes, world adventures, and
personal background in his bubbly autobiography. "Losing My Virginity: How
I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way" is a very
appropriate title as it is exactly what the book is about.
Charles J. Givens', "Wealth without risk for Canadians", a book on personal financial strategies - avail at London Drugs and elsewhere. A very practical read.
Peter Thomas, "Never Fight With A Pig". Peter made his first fortune with Century 21 Real Estate and nearly lost it all. Now he's head of Samoth Capital in Vancouver.
Alex Doulis, "Take Your Money and Run", (I haven't read this one but a number of friends have recommended it. I wonder to where he ran?)
Spencer Johnson, "Who Moved my Cheese", a simple quick read. A good, "take control and don't grumble", type of inspirational text.
Thane Stenner, "True Wealth", great financial advice for high net worth Canadians.
PERIODICALS, MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS
Among the BEST business publications (available at most newstands):
GLOBE & MAIL'S REPORT ON BUSINESS
VIDEOS and OTHER MATERIAL
PBS's series (available on Video) on the Silicon Valley evolution, titled "Triumph
of the Nerds"
Copyright 1995 - 2007 Michael C Volker.