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AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS 2013 RESULTS

Listed below are the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in each of the 21 Axiom Award categories, 69 medalists in all. There were a total of 394 books entered.

Thanks to all for your participation and congratulations to the medalists!


1. GENERAL BUSINESS

Gold: Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, by Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy (Free Press)

Silver: Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia (Harvard Business Review Press)

Bronze: Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works, by Adam Lashinsky (Business Plus)


2. ECONOMICS

Gold (tie): Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, by Doug Fine (Gotham Books) 

Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself, by Sheila Bair (Free Press)

Silver: Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, by Neil Barofsky (Free Press)

Bronze: Finance and the Good Society, by Robert J. Shiller (Princeton University Press)


3. CAREER (job search, career advancement)

Gold: Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times, by Marc J. Kuchner (Island Press)

Silver: The Bounce Back: Personal Stories of Bouncing Back Higher and Faster from a Layoff, Re-org or Career Setback, by Sherri Thomas (Booklocker.com)

Bronze: So Good They Can’t Ignore: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, by Cal Newport (Business Plus)


4. SALES (sales skills, negotiating, closing)

Gold: Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and Life, by Grant Cardone (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Silver: Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success: Connect with Customers andGet Results, by Colleen Stanley (AMACOM)

Bronze: How to Read a Client from Across the Room, by Brandy Mychals (McGraw Hill)


5. LEADERSHIP

Gold (tie): The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price, by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey (Jossey-Bass) 

Leading So People Will Follow, by Erika Andersen (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Leadocracy, by Geoff Smart (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Bronze (tie): Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance, by Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan (Maxwell Stone Publishing) 

Leapfrogging: Harness the Power of Surprise for Business Breakthroughs, by Soren Kaplan (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)


6. NETWORKING (social networking, communication skills, etc.)

Gold: You Can’t Not Communicate: Proven Communication Solutions that Power the Fortune 100, by David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA (Little Brown Dog Publishing )

Silver: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World, by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders, by David Kantor (Jossey-Bass)


7. BUSINESS ETHICS

Gold: Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting, by Ann Brockett & Zabihollah Rezaee (John Wiley & Sons)

Silver: Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed, by Edward C. Lorenz (Michigan State University Press)

Bronze: The (Honest) Truth: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves, by Dan Ariely (Harper)


8. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT / LEAN / CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Gold: Health Care Operations and Supply Chain Management: Operations, Planning, and Control, by John F. Kros and Evelyn C. Brown (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals, by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling (Free Press)

Bronze: The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results, by Adil F. Dalal (CRC Press)


9. HUMAN RESOURCES / EMPLOYEE TRAINING

Gold: All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (Free Press)

Silver: Judgment on the Front Line: How Smart Companies Win by Trusting Their People, by Chris DeRose and Noel M. Tichy (Portfolio-Penguin)

Bronze: You Can’t Lie to Me: The Revolutionary Program to Supercharge Your Inner Lie Detector and Get to the Truth, by Janine Driver with Mariska Van Aalst (Harper One)


10. ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Gold: For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families, by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg (An Inc. Original)

Silver (tie): Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business, by Anthony J. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington, Tsun-Yan Hsieh (Harvard Business Review Press) 

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup, by Noam Wasserman (Princeton University Press)

Bronze: The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School, by Cliff Michaels (Cliff Michaels & Associates)


11. PHILANTHROPY / CHARITY / NONPROFIT

Gold: Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, by Dan Pallotta (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World, by Beverly Schwartz (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Lifeworth: Finding Fulfillment Beyond Networth, by Dana Couillard & Hal Couillard (Kingsley Publishing)


12. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS / GLOBALIZATION

Gold: Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change in China, by Victor Nee and Sonja Opper (Harvard University Press)

Silver: Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy, by Daniel Denison, Robert Hooijberg, Nancy Lane & Colleen Lief (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Expanding the Pie: Fostering Effective Non-Profit and Corporate Partnerships, by Susan Rae Ross (Kumarian Press)


13. PERSONAL FINANCE / RETIREMENT PLANNING / INVESTING

Gold: The Big Retirement Risk: Running Out of Money Before You Run Out Of Time, by Erin Botsford (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Silver: You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once: How to Avoid Toxic Financial Advice and Focus on What Really Matters, by Russell E. Holcombe (Emerald Book Co.)

Bronze: Worth It…Not Worth It? Simple & Profitable Answers to Life’s Tough Financial Questions, by Jack Otter (Business Plus)


14. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY

Gold: Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Technology, by Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay & Mickey McManus (John Wiley & Sons)

Silver: The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive, by Terri L. Griffith (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Get Rich Click! The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet, by Marc Ostrofsky (Free Press)


15. WOMEN / MINORITIES IN BUSINESS

Gold: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, by Valerie Young, Ed.D (Crown Business)

Silver: Pushback: How Smart Women Ask – and Stand Up – For What They Want, by Selena Rezvani (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze (tie): Big Bold Business Advice from New Jersey Women Business Owners, Edited by Joyce Restaino (Woodpecker Press) 

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, by Alyse Nelson (Jossey-Bass)


16. SUCCESS / MOTIVATION / COACHING

Gold (tie): Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential, and How You Can Achieve Yours, by Shirzad Chamine (Greenleaf Book Group Press) 

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth & Karen Dillon (Harper Business)

Silver: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW (Gotham Books)

Bronze: Idea-Links: The New Creativity, by Jim Link (Beaver’s Pond Press)


17. ADVERTISING / MARKETING / PR / EVENT PLANNING

Gold: Story Branding: Creating Standout Brands through the Power of Story, by Jim Signorelli (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Silver: Fire Your Sales Team Today: Then Rehire Them as Sales Guides in Your New Revenue Department, by Mike Lieverman & Eric Keiles (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Bronze: The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, by Doc Searls (Harvard Business Review Press)


18. CORPORATE HISTORY / MILESTONE

Gold: Persistence Creates Opportunity: Building America for 50 Years, by Ames Construction, Inc. (Ames Construction Inc.)

Silver: Carrier: Weathermakers to the World, by Eric B. Schultz (Pinckney Hugo Group)

Bronze: My Company ‘Tis of Thee: 50 Patriotic American Companies American Consumers Should Know About, by Roger Simmermaker (Consumer Patriotism Corporation)


19. BUSINESS REFERENCE (legal, how-to)

Gold: From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-Speaking Guide, by Thomas B. Dowd III (Maine Authors Publishing)

Silver: Dictionary of Publishing Terms: What Every Writer Needs to Know, by Ingrid Lundquist (TLC Publishing)

Bronze: Strategic Pricing for Medical Technologies: A Practical Guide to Pricing Medical Devices and Diagnostics, by Christopher D. Provines (Self-Published)


20. MEMOIR / BIOGRAPHY

Gold: Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows, by Michael Rosenbaum (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Silver: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, by Will Allen with Charles Wilson (Gotham Books)

Bronze: 4th & Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream, by Monte Burke (Grand Central Publishing)


21. BUSINESS FABLE

Gold: Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places, by Tim Scudder, Michael Patterson & Kent Mitchell (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Degrees of Strength: The Innovative Technique to Accelerate Greatness, by Craig W. Ross & Steven W. Vannoy (Wister & Willows Publishers Inc.)

Bronze: Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction, by Gene Morton (Accelerated Solutions)