Monday, January 25, 2016
Best Business Books | 2015
"What we really need is not more authors, or better publishers. What we most need is a vastly better system to identify the books we will love ... " TechCrunchBeantown Web has developed such a system. For the eighth year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year -- the books most likely to add value to your career. This year's search began by identifying 11 "Best of" lists as follows:
- Australian Financial Review
- Business + Strategy
- Business Insider
- Business News Daily
- Business Pundit
- Fast Company
- Financial Times and McKinsey
- The Globe and Mail
A total of 173 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list -- 129 of these books were mentioned only once. An additional 21 books were mentioned on two lists and these books comprise The Honorable Mention list.
The Fifth Shelf
Seven books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on The Fifth Shelf:
- Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
- Do Over
- Extreme Ownership
- Friend & Foe
- Red Notice
- Rising Strong
- The Silo Effect
The Fourth Shelf
Six books were mentioned on four lists and were placed on The Fourth Shelf:
The Third Shelf
Five books were mentioned on five lists and were placed on The Third Shelf:
The Second Shelf
Two books were mentioned on six lists and were placed on The Second Shelf:
The Top Shelf
Three books were mentioned on seven lists and were placed on The Top Shelf:
I've read two books from this list of 10. My personal reviews are posted on Goodreads.com:
Suggested Success Strategy
Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve and job growth continues to look promising in 2016. You can help enhance your personal economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.
Goal: Select one business book from the 10 pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2016. Of course, you can select all 10 books, read one per month (take some time off over the summer) and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!
You can also check out previous lists:
- Best Business Books | 2014
- Best Business Books | 2013
- Best Business Books | 2012
- Best Business Books | 2011
- Best Business Books | 2010
- Best Business Books | 2009
- Best Business Books | 2008
[ NOTE: The 21 Honorable Mention books, as well as, the 23 Best Business Books of 2015 listed here are being counted down on Twitter. Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web. ]
Friday, January 08, 2016
Boston's Rockstar Recruiters | Q1 2016
~ The West Wing -- most Emmy wins (9) for a Drama Series in its first season
~ Breaking Bad -- most Emmy wins (9) for a Drama Series in its final season
~ The Simpsons -- most Emmy nominations (9) for an Animated Program in a single year
These are indicators of high standards of performance on the acting stage.
In the recruiting industry nine remains the current standard for performance. Technical recruiters need nine to make The List. They need nine LinkedIn recommendations to make The List of Boston's most-recommended recruiters -- Boston's Rockstar Recruiters.
Boston's Top 100 Technology Recruiters
In the fall of 2012 Beantown Web asked the question, "Who are Boston's Rockstar Recruiters?" Welcome to the 14th installment of The List.
To begin the quest, Beantown Web identified more than 450 technology recruiters via LinkedIn. Most are located in the Boston area. Some are located in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and conduct a significant amount of business in the Boston area.
Beantown Web then turned to LinkedIn to identify customer satisfaction scores. In particular, how many people were willing to provide a public recommendation for each recruiter?
Actors have Emmys and Oscars and Golden Globes. For those of us who perform on different stages, we have LinkedIn recommendations to recognize our performance. Less than 100 out of 450 technology recruiters in the Boston metro area has earned Boston Rockstar Recruiter status with at least nine LinkedIn recommendations received.
Boston's Top 10 Technology Recruiters
Boston's Top 10 Rockstar Recruiters perform to a higher standard. The best in the recruiting business have received at least 48 LinkedIn recommendations each.
Here are the Top 10 Boston Rockstar Recruiters for the first quarter of 2016 [number of LinkedIn recommendations received + given]:
- Chris Fountas [107 + 9] -- Hollister Staffing
- Scott Dunlop [96 + 6] -- The Bivium Group
- Brendan Andersen [79 + 20] -- CyberCoders
- Doug Schade [79 + 11] -- WinterWyman
- Jamie LeBlanc [76 + 2] -- The Bivium Group
- John VanderSande [65 + 2] -- WinterWyman
- Roy Evans [53 + 20] -- CyberCoders
- Danielle Lief [50 + 8] -- InnoTECH Staffing
- Maureen Lawson [48 + 57] -- Clear Point Consultants
- Phil Hurd [48 + 18] -- Oculus Search Partners LLC
Top 10 in Assists
Some actors are valuable because they receive the most applause. Other actors are less heralded; they are particularly good at setting the stage for others. This second list ranks "assists." It answers the following question:
"Of the recruiters listed in the Top 100, who are the most generous in offering recommendations to others?"The Top 10 most generous Boston Rockstar Recruiters for the first quarter [number of LinkedIn recommendations given + received] are as follows:
- David Perlman [59 + 19] -- Grenadier Search Group
- Maureen Lawson [57 + 48] -- Clear Point Consultants
- Scott Ragusa [38 + 25] -- WinterWyman
- Tim Halloran [33 + 10] -- JVT Advisors
- Marsh Sutherland [31 + 12] -- Walden Recruiting
- Carol Taylor [30 + 18] -- Private Clients
- Andrea Williams [25 + 28] -- Career Minded Recruiting, LLC
- Brendan Anderson [20 + 79] -- CyberCoders
- Roy Evans [20 + 53] -- CyberCoders
- Sean Dowling [19 + 24] -- WinterWyman
Now, for the team scores. The following teams placed the most recruiters (at least three) in the Top 100 [number of recruiters in the Top 100]:
- WinterWyman 
- CyberCoders 
- PeopleSERVE Inc. 
There are no live broadcasts on network television that document technical recruiting excellence. In fact, there is no single measure we can all agree on to decide which recruiter or recruiting firm might work best for you as a candidate or as a hiring manager.
However, there is one place to start your search. It is the same place many of us start when buying a car, or looking for a plumber or finding a dentist. That place is personal recommendations. LinkedIn provides personal recommendations.
If you have technical skills and believe you offer above average value in the marketplace, then consider working with recruiters who have consistently demonstrated above average customer service in the form of personal recommendations -- both receiving them and giving them.
The List of Boston's Rockstar Recruiters is made available exclusively to the 400+ Web Design and Web Development alumni of CDIA, some of the most talented designers and developers I have had the pleasure to teach, mentor and collaborate with. You will hear more about the CDIA Alumni in the very near future. Until then, rock on!
The list of the most recommended technical recruiters in the Boston metro area is being counted down throughout the quarter on the Beantown Web page on Facebook.
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