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Business & Economics Books- Most Popular Books of 2013

Dhandha: How Gujaratis Do BusinessDhandha: How Gujaratis Do Business by Shobha Bondre

Dhandha, meaning business, is a term often used in common trade parlance in India. But there is no other community that fully embodies what the term stands for than the Guajarati's. Shobha Bondre's Dhandha is the story of a few such Guajarati's. Dhandha showcases the powerful ambition, incredible capacity for hard work and the inherent business sense of the Guajarati's.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. Learning to 'lean in' is about tackling the anxieties and preconceptions that stop women reaching the top - taking a place at the table, and making yourself a part of the debate.

Follow Every RainbowFollow Every Rainbow by Rashmi Bansal

Follow Every Rainbow is the story of twenty-five enterprising women who took up a challenge. They raised a family as well as a company, with love, laughter and patience. Managing multiple equations - never giving in or giving up. These stories say one thing, loud and clear. Women think and act differently than men, but they can be just as successful. What ‘success’ means, is something only you can decide.

The Secret of LeadershipThe Secret of Leadership by Prakash Iyer

Bestselling author Prakash Iyer uses simple but powerful anecdotes and parables from all over the world to demonstrate what makes for effective personal and professional leadership. Iyer draws lessons from sources as diverse as his driver, a mother giraffe, Abraham Lincoln and footballers in the United Kingdom. He shows how an instinct to lead can be acquired while flipping burgers at a fast food chain. All of these stories come together in an explosive cocktail to unleash your inner leader.

India Grows at NightIndia Grows at Night by Gurcharan Das

Indians wryly admit that ‘India grows at night’. But that is only half the saying, the full expression is: ‘India grows at night… when the government sleeps’, suggesting that the nation may be rising despite the state. India’s is a tale of private success and public failure. What India needs, Gurcharan Das says, is a strong liberal state. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society.

8 Steps to Innovation8 Steps to Innovation by Vinay Dabholkar

Innovation need not only be jugaad. For the first time a book shows us how in India, innovation can be introduced in one's organization in a systematic, deliberate way. 8 Steps to Innovation explains how you can do this by building an idea pipeline in your organization, improving the velocity of ideas coming in and implementing the ideas within the given constraints.

Why I Failed: Lessons from LeadersWhy I Failed: Lessons from Leaders by Shweta Punj

Acknowledging failure is singularly the most difficult thing to do. It takes tremendous courage to come out and say, yes, I failed. Shweta Punj chronicles sixteen such leaders who have celebrated their failure as much as their success. Each story is an anatomy of failure.

The Elephant CatchersThe Elephant Catchers by Subroto Bagchi

Unlike an operation to catch Rabbits, trapping an Elephant calls for expertise over enthusiasm. Those who hunt Rabbits are rarely able to rope in Elephants. Many organizations, even those that may have a brilliant start, falter in their attempts to achieve transformational growth in their later phases. In The Elephant Catchers, Subroto Bagchi distils his years of on-the-ground learning to explore why this happens and what such organizations and their people must do to climb to the next level and beyond.

Business Sutra : A Very Indian Approach to ManagementBusiness Sutra : A Very Indian Approach to Management by Devdutt Pattanaik

Business Sutra uses stories, symbols and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist mythology to understand a wide variety of business situations that range from running a successful tea stall to nurturing talent in a large multinational corporation. Brilliantly argued, original and thoroughly accessible, Business Sutra presents a radical and nuanced approach to management, business and leadership in a diverse, fast-changing, and increasingly polarized world.

Management MantrasManagement Mantras by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

In this book, Sri Sri offers valuable tips for managers and leaders to become more effective in their roles and also on how to develop a conducive work environment so that both the employees and the organization add value to each other. "Management begins in the mind. When the mind manages itself better, it can manage anything" - H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.