The recent BNET feature package on business books offers a great rundown of titles that may be overhyped or underrated. Particularly entertaining is an article that takes a chunk out of such iconic titles as In Search of Excellence and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Along with a pointed sentence or two explaining where these books fall short, the author proposes alternatives for readers looking for something outside mainstream business literature.
I PDFed the article for anyone who wants to download it from the TechRepublic downloads library. It's definitely worth checking out, if only to see whether you agree or disagree with the author's assessment. And you might pick up a promising title or two that you hadn't considered before, such as The Dilbert Principle or How to Lie with Statistics.
Do you think the author is on the money with his list — or have you found value in the books he dismisses as overrated?
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.