The current #1 title on Amazon is NOT by Stephenie Meyer, it’s not a skinny cookbook and it’s not about how to do more with less.

No, it’s a business book on succession planning (amazing to think that there are people actually planning to leave their high-level jobs!) from Harvard Business Press and it’s owned by few libraries.

Succession: Are You Ready? by Marshall Goldsmith hit #1 nine hours ago (how do I know? Twitter tells me so).

Why do business people want to know more about Goldsmith? BusinessWeek recently profiled Alan Mulally of Ford, who has, they say, “meant the difference between death for the automaker and merely being sick” (folks, we’re in a new era. Flat is no longer the new up; “merely sick” is the new up). The article says that Mulally’s approach to managing Ford was shaped by executive coach Marshall Goldsmith. 

Goldsmith’s 2007 title, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, was on the NYT Hardcover Advice bestseller list for two weeks last year. It’s remained in the top 500 for the last few months, and in the top 300 recently. Libraries are showing reserve lists for it.

Succession: Are You Ready? (Memo to the CEO)
Marshall Goldsmith
Retail Price: $18.00
Hardcover: 125 pages
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press – (2009-02-10)
ISBN / EAN: 1422118231 / 9781422118238


What Got You Here Won’t Get You There:  

How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion – (2007-01-09)
ISBN / EAN: 1401301304 / 9781401301309

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