If you work in the content business, you know the rules change daily (see my latest article, Top 5 Shifts Publishers Can’t Ignore). That’s why this month we bring you a recommended reading list that can help you not only adapt to new realities in the publishing world but turn these ongoing shifts into opportunities to transform your business and stay ahead of competitors.

Our selections offer expert advice, practical solutions, case studies, interviews, and more, focusing on topics such as how to implement game-changing business models, the influence of globalization and emerging technology, and even ways to transform your own career.

Check out one or more of these reads to challenge your thoughts on transformation.

Book Picks: Transformation Models

Business Model Generation cover   Transforming cover   Executing Your Business cover   TransForm cover   Disrupting cover   IT-Driven cover

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don’t yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, Business Model Generation can help. It explains the most common business model patterns, based on concepts from leading business thinkers, and helps you reinterpret them for your own context. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a game-changing business model, or analyze and renovate an old one. Along the way, you’ll understand at a much deeper level your customers, distribution channels, partners, revenue streams, costs, and your core value proposition.

Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility, and Globalization
by Allison Cerra, Kevin Easterwood, and Jerry Power
Based on the findings of an extensive research project that surveyed more than 5,500 enterprise employees and functional decision-makers across the United States and China, Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility, and Globalization explores the influence of technology in the workplace and the implications to company culture, functional responsibilities, and competitive advantage. This in-depth analysis illuminates emerging technological trends, the changing workforce, and the shifting face of business and industry while offering prescriptive guidance to leaders.

Executing Your Business Transformation: How to Engage Sweeping Change Without Killing Yourself Or Your Business
by Mark Morgan, Andrew Cole, Dave Johnson, and Rob Johnson
Transformation is hard work that should not be attempted by the faint of heart or the weak of mind. But it isn’t rocket science either. By taking a realistic, simple, and direct view of what is required to transform an enterprise, the authors reduce the noise and nonsense that surrounds much of the discussion of transformation and provide straight-forward lessons, examples, and thought-provoking questions to guide the reader to a more powerful position as an agent of change.

TransForm: Dramatically Improve Your Career, Business, Relationships, and Life: One Simple Step at a Time
by Jeff Haden
is based on four years of advice from bestselling ghostwriter, leading Inc magazine columnist, and LinkedIn Influencer Jeff Haden. It provides concrete, practical, real-world ways that anyone can use to increase personal productivity, improve professional relationships, achieve goals, become a better leader, and develop both personally and professionally.

Disrupting Digital Business: Create an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer Economy
by R “Ray” Wang
We are no longer an economy of products and services. The digital transformation demands that we focus our attention on experiences and outcomes. Business leaders and their organizations must shift to keeping promises—no matter how their customers interact with them. Technology guru Ray Wang shows how organizations can surf the waves of change—and how they can keep their promises.

IT-Driven Business Models: Global Case Studies in Transformation
by Henning Kagermann, Hubert Osterle, and John M. Jordan
Showing organizations how business model innovation should be a key focus area in today’s global economy, this book features cases from businesses around the globe that have developed customized business models and achieved spectacular levels of performance. Filled with interviews with key executives, this book reveals the role of technology in driving and enabling changes to fundamental facets of a business. Companies around the world are innovating their business models with tremendous results. IT-Driven Business Models shows interested organizations how they can start the process.

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Posted by: Margot Knorr Mancini

A thought leader in the publishing industry, Margot Knorr Mancini has helped numerous publishers redefine their missions to become nimble content generators with the ability to repurpose content easily and efficiently. As Founder & CEO of Technology for Publishing, her analytical mind allows her to remain a step ahead of the industry, recognizing early trends and developing pivotal best practices.