Recognizing and Promoting the World's Best Business Titles


Listed below are the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in each category, 72 in all. There were a total of 381 books entered.



Gold (tie): Spend Shift: How the Post-Crisis Values Revolution is Changing the Way We Buy, Sell, and Live, by John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio (Jossey-Bass)

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, by Peter Sims (Free Press)

Silver (tie): Plan B: How to Hatch a Second Plan That’s Always Better Than Your First, by David Kord Murray (Free Press)

Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era, by Henry Chesbrough (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Dancing with the Digital Natives: Staying in Step with the Generation That’s Transforming the Way Business is Done, by Michelle Manafy and Heidi Gautschi (CyberAge Books)


Gold (tie): The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, by Steve Stoute (Gotham Books)

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, by John Quiggin (Princeton University Press)

Silver: Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, by James Rickards (Portfolio/Penguin)

Bronze: The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, by Robert H. Frank (Princeton University Press)

3. CAREER (job search, career advancement)

Gold: Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, by Eric P. Kramer (Course Technology/Cengage Learning)

Silver: Backing You, MBA! How Thinking of Yourself as a Business Can Advance or Transform Your Career, by Vaughan Evans (Business & Careers Press)

Bronze: Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, by Shawn Dorman (Foreign Service Books)

4. SALES (sales skills, negotiating, closing)

Gold: Selling: The Profession (6th Edition), by David J. Lill and Jennifer K. Lill (DM Bass Publications)

Silver: Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World, by Stuart Diamond (Crown Business)

Bronze: Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do About It, by Chip R. Bell and John R. Patterson (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)


Gold (tie): TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, by Douglas Conant and Mette Norgaard (Jossey-Bass)

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, by Tim Harford (Little, Brown UK)

Silver: The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss, by Jim Warner & Kaley Klemp (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Bronze: Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, by Linda A. Hill & Kent Lineback (Harvard Business Review Press)

6. NETWORKING (social networking, communication skills, etc.)

Gold: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, by Guy Kawasaki (Portfolio/Penguin)

Silver: Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time, by Claire Díaz-Ortiz (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action, by Kristin Arnold (Greenleaf Book Group Press)


Gold: The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust, by Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe (John Wiley & Sons)

Silver: Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It, by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel (Princeton University Press)

Bronze: Conversations with Wall Street: The Inside Story of the Financial Armageddon & How To Prevent the Next One, by Peter Ressler & Monika Mitchell (FastPencil)


Gold: The Power of Co-Creation: Build it with Them to Boost Growth, Productivity, and Profits, by Venkat Ramaswamy and Francis Gouillart (Free Press)

Silver: Lean Done Right: Achieve and Maintain Reform in Your Healthcare Organization, by Thomas G. Zidel (Health Administration Press)

Bronze: The Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices: The Reality of Managing Complex Problems in Organisations, by Paul Culmsee & Kailash Awati (iUniverse)


Gold (tie): The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else, by George Anders (Portfolio/Penguin)

The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why it Matters, by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage, by John W. Boudreau and Ravin Jesuthasan, with Towers Watson (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler (Business Plus)


Gold: Effectual Entrepreneurship, by Stuart Read, Saras Sarasvathy, Nick Drew, Robert Wiltbank & Anne-Valérie Ohlsson (Routledge)

Silver: From Idea to Exit: The Entrepreneurial Journey, by Jeffrey Weber (Triple Nickel Press)

Bronze: Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less, by Elizabeth Edwards (Essential Books)


Gold: Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (Jossey-Bass)

Silver (tie): Managing Leadership Transition for Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence, by Barry Dym, Susan Egmont & Laura Watkins (Financial Times Press)

Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals (5th Edition), by Susan Howlett & Renee Bourque, M.Ed., GPC (Word & Raby Publishing)

Bronze: Strategy for Good: Business Giving Strategies for the 21st Century, by Susan A. Hyatt, M.S. (GoodWorks Publishing)


Gold: World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It, by Pankaj Ghemawat (Harvard Business Review Press)

Silver: Red Alert: How China’s Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life, by Stephen Leeb (Business Plus)

Bronze: Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China, by Dan Breznitz and Michael Murphree (Yale University Press)

13. PERSONAL FINANCE / RETIREMENT PLANNING / INVESTING (estate planning, stocks, bonds)

Gold (tie): The Truth About Money (4th Edition), by Ric Edelman (Harper Business)

Winning Investors Over: Surprising Truths about Honesty, Earnings Guidance, and Other Ways to Boost Your Stock Price, by Baruch Lev (Harvard Business Review Press)

Silver: Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management, by Julie Jason (Sterling)

Bronze: The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place, by Hill Harper (Gotham Books)


Gold: Making the World Work Better: The Ideas that Shaped a Century and a Company, by Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, & Jeffrey M. O’Brien (IBM Press)

Silver: The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business, by Phil Simon (Motion Publishing)

Bronze: Enterprise Social Technology: Helping Organizations Harness the Power of Social Media, Social Networking, Social Relevance, by Scott Klososky (Greenleaf Book Group Press)


Gold: The Diversity Index: The Alarming Truth About Diversity in Corporate America…and What Can Be Done About It, by Susan E. Reed (AMACOM)

Silver: Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking That Block Women’s Paths to Power, by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath & Mary Davis Holt (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Briefcase Essentials: Discover Your 12 Natural Talents for Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Workplace, by Susan T. Spencer (Greenleaf Book Group Press)


Gold: 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, by Peter Bregman (Business Plus)

Silver (tie): Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them, by Siimon Reynolds (Jossey-Bass)

Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success, by Thomas J. DeLong (Harvard Business Review Press)

Bronze: Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction, by Matthew Kelly (Hudson Street Press)


Gold (tie): Smarter Branding Without Breaking the Bank, by Brenda Bence (Global Insight Communications LLC)

Everything I Know about Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead, by Barry Barnes, PhD (Business Plus)

Silver: Brand Resilience: Managing Risk and Recovery in a High-Speed World, by Jonathan R. Copulsky (Palgrave Macmillan)

Bronze: How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know, by Byron Sharp (Oxford University Press)


Gold: 100 Years of Chevrolet, by Jerry Burton and Ralph Kramer (Automobile Heritage Publishing & Communications LLC)

Silver: Walsh Construction Co.: The First Fifty Years, by Gail Wells (Walsh Construction Co.)

Bronze: Big Bets: Decisions & Leaders That Shaped Southern Company, by Dub Taft & Sam Heys (Southern Company)

19. BUSINESS REFERENCE (legal, how-to)

Gold: Ernst & Young Tax Guide 2012 (27th Edition), Edited by Peter W. Bernstein (Ernst & Young)

Silver: Pricing and Profitability Management: A Practical Guide for Business Leaders, by Julie M. Meehan, Michael G. Simonetto, Larry Montan, Jr., and Christopher A. Goodin (John Wiley & Sons)

Bronze: Plunkett’s Health Care Industry Almanac 2011, by Jack W. Plunkett (Plunkett Research, Ltd.)


Gold: My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way, by Frances Hesselbein (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Piercing the Irish Ceiling, by Robert E. Riley (Swift Ink Books)

Bronze: The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir, by Randy Fertel (University Press of Mississippi)


Gold: The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change, by Matthew E. May (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: What Your CPA Isn’t Telling You, by Mark J. Kohler, CPA (Entrepreneur Press)

Bronze: The Power of Feedback: A Story of Blind Spots, Insight, and Breakthrough Leadership, by Susan Bixler (Westchester Publishing)