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01 March 2024

Start fishing in your talent pool

By Reena Amos Dyes


In today’s competitive world, CEOs, managers and employees are relentlessly looking for ways to improve their businesses, performance and their fortunes.

The UAE is no different.

Author Dr Stephen Lundin’s book Fish!, which deals with the issue of improving employee performance, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and monthly Business Week bestseller for more than six years. His Fish Philosophy was put to use by Wild Wadi and was even put into practice in some of Dubai’s healthcare centres.

Talking about management books, Dr Lundin told Emirates Business: “The UAE is a very young and dynamic country where people work very hard to achieve success and happiness. And like the rest of the world it is also looking for ways to improve the performance of its workforce and improve its fortunes.” The books provide not only inspiration and practical lessons but also offer insight into the minds of people who realised their ambitions and made it to the top of the social ladder.

Here’s a list of the bestselling management books from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia last year.

They are available in major bookstores such as Borders, Magrudy’s and Jashanmal in the UAE.

1 Living the Brand by Nicholas Ind

(Price – Dh155)

A company’s workforce is its most valuable asset. It is the employees who translate an organisation’s strategy into reality, interact with consumers and determine the corporate brand. This updated edition of Living the Brand demonstrates how a participatory approach can enhance employee commitment, improve service standards and focus efforts to deliver business goals and achieve results.

2 How Toyota Became Number 1 by David Magee
(Price – Dh125)

Magee David, a columnist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, ably chronicles the rise of leading car manufacturer Toyota and the underlying principles that led to its ascendancy. From lean production to long-term focus to specialised philosophies, Magee documents each contributing factor in the Tokyo-based car manufacturer’s success.

3 Managing Risk in Extreme Environments by Duncan Martin

(Price – Dh232)

Managing Risk in Extreme Environments takes readers through risk management concepts and tools by way of anecdotes and case studies. Offering a discourse on how risk management works in extreme situations, it gives readers an assessment of strategies, which is quite different from the abstract and mathematical versions practised by businesses.

4 Transport Communications by John Tiffin

(Price – Dh271)

Transport and communications are usually studied as separate subjects yet advances in communications technology has meant that neither can function without the other when operating within a globalised supply chain. This – the first book to integrate the two disciplines – explains their mutual dependency and how their relationship has led to trade globalisation.

5 Master Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill

(Price – Dh70)

Based on the Andrew Carnegie formula to make money, Master Key To Riches describes in step-by-step detail today’s greatest practical philosophy of success. This philosophy, culled from the experiences of hundreds of the world’s most powerful and wealthy people, will show you how to succeed in any walk of life. Obviously, the advice given in this book will be of no value unless applied step by step.

6 Get Smashed by Sam Delaney

(Price – Dh101)

From 1960s to 1990s advertising was transformed from a dry and businesslike industry into something exciting and extravagant. Learn how advertising came to the forefront of British culture with this book featuring insights into the lives and crazy times of the key figures, including Alan Parker, David Puttnam, and Ridley Scott. By looking at what was bought, it shows the evolution of pop culture.

7 Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

(Price – Dh77)

John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success and his life’s work not at business school or leading Microsoft’s charge into Asia in the 1990s, but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. Wood, who felt trapped between an all-consuming career and a desire to do something lasting and significant, took a vacation trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal.

8 Top Ten Distinctions Between Millionaires by Keith Cameron Smith

(Price – Dh72)

If you’re ready to take the journey to wealth and personal fulfilment, here’s your ticket. In this life-changing little book, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Keith Cameron Smith shows you how to think like a millionaire and reap the benefits of a millionaire mindset. The key to moving beyond the middle-class and up the ladder is mastering 10 vital principles.

9 What Color Is Your Parachute 2008 by Richard Nelson Bolles

(Price – Dh91)

This book is still the best-selling job-hunting guide in the world. A favourite of career changers for more than three decades, it continues to be a mainstay on bestseller lists, from Amazon.com to Business Week to The New York Times, and has been translated into 12 languages. The 2008 edition is an even more useful one, with its updated and detailed plan.

10 Winning New Business By Richard Denny

(Price – Dh101)

The pressure to maximise sales is paramount in business, as evidenced by concepts such as “total marketing” and “living the brand”. Winning New Business is for everyone who needs to know the skills of successful selling but lacks the training or the courage to sell effectively.

(Synopses provided by Borders, Jashanmal and Magrudy’s.)


Books that were bestsellers in the UAE in 2007 and are available at Borders, Magrudy’s and Jashanmal:

  - Tycoon: How to Be Really Rich by Peter Jones

  - Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan

  - Good to Great by Jim Collins

  - Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim Chan

  - Wikinomics by Don Tapscott

  - Who moved my cheese? by Spencer Johnson

  - I can make you rich by Paul McKenna

  - Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki

  - Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono

  - Getting Things Done by David Allen

  - Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham