There were many great technology books published in 2020, but when polling technology and digital executives for some of the best reads of the year, here are some that rose to the top. If you have a new year’s resolution to read more, here is a list of books to start with.
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
By Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler
Technology is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and will reshape every industry over the next decade. In The Future is Faster Than You Think, space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter Diamandis and his co-author Steven Kotler take a deep look at the emerging and converging technologies set to transform our world while providing a practical playbook for executives leading their organizations through the technological disruption to come.
Lead From The Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth
By Mark W. Johnson, Josh Suskewicz
One of the lessons that has come out of the COVID pandemic is that companies can no longer plan for the future by looking to the past. To overcome this, Lead from the Future introduces a “future-back” approach to strategy development that enables executives to think clearly, creatively and extensively about the future while turning ideas for the future into action today.
No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
By Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer
The culture at Netflix is legendary, and it has enabled the company to innovate its way to become the behemoth it is today. In No Rules Rules, Reed Hastings elaborates on the counter-intuitive and sometimes radical principles that define Netflix’s culture while offering lessons that others can draw inspiration from and translate back to their companies.
Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them
By Gary Hamel, Michele Zanini
In the latest book from the leading business thinker, Gary Hamel, he and co-author Michele Zanini argue that the top-down bureaucracies that manage most organizations are less than ideal for our rapidly changing world. Humanocracy articulates a blueprint for a new organizational structure that encourages creativity and innovation rather than stifling it.
Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos
By Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, Steve Berez
As more companies undergo agile transformations, it is increasingly important to dispel the myth of agile as a silver bullet. Doing Agile Right articulates the true value of agile while providing executives with a clear understanding of the balances and tradeoffs they must achieve to be successful.
Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
By Marco Iansiti, Karim R. Lakhani
Artificial intelligence is likely to be the defining technology of the next decade. Competing in the Age of AI presents a clear framework for rethinking business and operating models in the age of AI and offers a path for leaders looking to transform their companies into AI-centric organizations.
Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley―Making AI Serve Us All
By Kevin Scott, Greg Shaw
Much has been written about how AI will transform the world of urban professionals, but less has been written about AI’s impact on middle-skilled workers in America’s heartland. In Reprograming the American Dream, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott offers an inclusive vision for how AI can create abundance and opportunity for everyone.
Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments
By Stefan Thomke
In today’s rapidly changing digital world, it is imperative that organizations constantly experiment with new ideas. In Experimentation Works, Harvard Business School Professor Stefan Thomke provides leaders with clear guidance on what makes a good experiment and how to foster a culture of experimentation and innovation.
Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity
By Scott Galloway
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life around the world and accelerated many trends that have been underway for years. In Post Corona, bestselling author Scott Galloway shares his take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and how leaders can navigate these uncertain times.
How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
By David Rubenstein
The Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein has spent years speaking with high performing leaders ranging from Bill Gates to Jeff Bezos (and non tech leaders, as well). In How to Lead, Rubenstein distills their wisdom and guiding philosophies into this indispensable leadership playbook.
Peter High is President of Metis Strategy, a business and IT advisory firm. His has written two bestselling books, moderates the Technovation podcast series and speaks at conferences around the world. Follow him on Twitter @PeterAHigh.