Summer Books 2022: Business

The power of regret: How looking back makes us move forward
by Daniel Rose, Canongate £16.99 / Riverhead Books $28

Pink claims regret as a source of motivation at work, in a career, or in life in general. The book is peppered with insights about loss, disappointment, and roads not taken, drawn from extensive surveys of people’s deepest regrets, but ends with the optimistic takeaway that it’s hardly ever too late to course correct.

The nowhere office: Reinventing work and the workplace of the future
by Julia Hobsbawm Hatchette €18.99

Cleverly timed for one of the great post-pandemic debates, this is a short, lively primer on the future of work, abruptly accelerated by covid-19 into the present. It’s too early to say which of Hobsbawm’s predictions will come true, but he makes a compelling case for seizing the opportunity to reshape the old way and place of work.

All we are: Uncovering the hidden truths behind our behavior at work
by Gabriela Braun Piatkus €16.99

In a series of case studies drawn from her work as a consultant and psychoanalyst, Braun uncovers truths about what drives workers and the critical connections to their lives outside the workplace. the FOOTThe reviewer called the book “remarkable” and its insights into workplace stress “absolutely gripping.”

the essentials: How Leaders Become Strategists
by Richard Rumelt Profile Books £16.99 / PublicAffairs $30

A bracingly straightforward guide to the pitfalls of strategy, based on a climbing metaphor (the “crux” is the hardest part of rock climbing). Strategy is a journey “through, over, and around a sequence of challenges,” Rumelt writes, drawing on a wide range of real-life business dilemmas to illustrate how to approach them.

25 million sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs
by Andrew Leon Hanna, Cambridge University Press £14.99

An original and topical exploration of the extraordinary entrepreneurial drive of refugees, based on the stories of three Syrian case studies. Hanna weaves the novelistic narrative of his stories with a broader analysis of the stark scale of the global refugee crisis that, with the war in Ukraine, has only gotten worse since the book was completed.

the not club: End dead-end work for women
by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart, Little Brown Book Group £14.99 / Simon & Schuster $27.99

Four academics use their research on so-called “unpromotable tasks,” for which women volunteer (or are volunteering), as the basis for a guide to how to solve an underappreciated problem in the workplace. Learning to Say No is just one part: they also identify the organizational and structural flaws that subtly underpin a gender imbalance.

Summer Books 2022

All this week, FT writers and critics share your favorites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Economic Sciences by Martin Lobo
Tuesday: Business by Andrew Hill
Wednesday: Fiction by Laura Battle
Thursday: Story by Tony Barber
Friday: Gideon Rachman Politics
Saturday: Critics’ Choice

redesign work: How to transform your organization and make hybrid technology work for everyone
by Lynda Gratton Penguin Business £14.99 / The MIT Press $19.95

Drawing on examples from the global network of innovative employers she works with, Gratton, professor and consultant, draws an engaging and practical roadmap for the world of hybrid work. reviewing the book For the FT, Kevin Ellis, chairman of PwC UK, said it sent a clear message: “Don’t leave the future of work to chance”, because redesigning work and the workplace requires rigor and discipline.

world butler: How Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax evaders, kleptocrats and criminals
by Oliver Bullough, Profile Books £20

A sharp reworking of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves as a darker metaphor for Britain’s post-imperial role as lackey to the super-rich. Bullough looks at the range of ways in which British institutions have repositioned themselves to launder reputations and lubricate financial machinations. A “highly readable” account, according to the FT review.

power law: Venture Capital and the art of disruption
by Sebastian Mallaby, Allen Lane £25 / Penguin Press $30

Mallaby traces the revolution of the venture capital industry from its origins in the 1950s to today, where it stands behind some of the biggest names in tech, from Facebook to Amazon. He makes a strong case that despite the occasional stumbles of venture capitalists, their risk taking and his vision helped change the world for the better. An “overwhelming and authoritative story”, according to the FT review.

The man who broke capitalism: How Jack Welch Destroyed the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America, and How to Undo His Legacy
by David Gelles Simon & Schuster £19.99 / $28

An ambitious, forceful and brazenly one-sided criticism of the career and broader legacy of Jack Welch, the late CEO of General Electric, once dubbed the “Manager of the Century.” New York Times reporter (and former FT) Gelles describes how “welchism” has poisoned not only corporate capitalism but also the American economy and politics in general.

tell us what you think

What are your favorites from this list and which books have we missed? Tell us in the comments below.

Join our online book group on Facebook at FT Books Coffee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.