Books Worth Reading from German Sources

2001 German and American Idioms
by Henry Strutz
Want to find out what your favorite expression translates into? Here's the solution.

Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy Into Action

by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton
Everyone is talking about balanced scorecard as a management tool. Learn about it for yourself.

Bargaining Across Borders: How to Negotiate Business Successfully Anywhere in the World
by Dean Allen Foster
This book connects cultural differences and good negotiating skills in a way that is very useful for the global player.

Breaking Through Culture Shock: What You Need to Succeed in International Business
by Elisabeth Marx

Coaching for Performance
by John Whitmore
A very practical and easy to apply guide to learning how to incorporate coaching into your daily management.

Competing for the Future
by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
Great advice on positioning your business proactively for the future.

Culture's Consequences: International Differences in Work-Related Values
by Geert Hofstede
His pathbreaking work explaining an international survey of business practices in different cultures.

Das Harvard-Konzept: Sachgerecht Verhandelnm Erfolgreich Verhandeln
by Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton
German translation of "Getting to Yes"

Die amerikanische und die deutsche Wirtschaftskultur im Vergleich, Ein Praxis Handbuch für Manager
by Patrick L. Schmidt
German translation of "Understanding American and German Business Cultures".

Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution: Preserving Relationships at Work, at Home and in the Community
by Dudley Weeks
A good, straight-forward guide to making conflict a positive force in your work and life.

by Stephen C.Lunden, Harry Paul, and John Christensen
A parable designed to help us udnerstand how to make our workplace an exciting and engaging place. Click here for the German language version.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Amerika
by Paul Watzlawick
This Professor working in Palo Alto has written a very insightful and humorous look at what any German should know before taking up residence in the US. (It seems to be available in the German language only.)

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton
The Harvard concept of negotiating easily explained by the people who developed it. (German translation also available as "Das Harvard-Konzept".)

Handbuch globale Managen: Wie man kulturelle Unterschiede im Geschäftsleben Versteht
by Fons Trompenaars
See description of "Riding the Waves of Culture". This is in the German language version.

Hug Your Customers
by Jack Mitchell
If you want some insight into the American view about customer relationship, this is the book to read.

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on returning to America after twenty years away
by Bill Bryson
I first got hooked in Bill Bryson's humor and insights into cultural differences reading "A Walk Through the Woods". This book is really rich with insights about the differences between the US and Europe, written from the perspective of an American who lived abroad for 20 years. Also available in German translation as "Streiflichter aus Amerika".

Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge
by Goeffrey A. Moore
If you are in high-tech marketing, you need to read this book!

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
by Nancy J. Adler

Official Rules of Major League Baseball
by The Major League Baseball Organization
Become a REAL expert at baseball!

One Minute Manager
by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
This small, quick-to-read book explains the Ken Blanchard method of "management by walking around", a powerful approach to how good American managers interact with their subordinates.

People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
by Howard Zinn
Interesting and informative American's view of American history.

Presentations Plus
by David A. Peoples
Solid hints and tips for becoming a more effective presenter, especially to American audiences.

Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Globak Business
by Alfons Trompenaars & Charles Hampden-Turner
One of the classic books about understanding intercultural differences. (See also the German version "Handbuch Globales Managen".)

Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came to Be
by David Nemec
Want to know not only about the current rules but how they came about? This is the book for you.

Six Thinking Hats
by Edward De Bono
A wonderful tool for group decision-making. Helps teams to be more effective.

Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French and Americans
by Edward T. and Mildred R. Hall
New insights and practical advice on day-to-day interactions in international business betwen these three cultures.

When Cultures Collide
by Richard D. Lewis
A practical guide to better understanding cultural diversity and how to react to other cultures.

Who Moved My Cheese?
by Spencer Johnson
A parable about change in business and private life by one of the authors of "One Minute Manager", in English

Working With Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
Outstanding study on the underrated effects of "soft" skills -- people skills in the workplace.

Xenophobe's Guide to the Americans
by Stephanie Faul
This tiny book is packed with funny AND insightful comments about Americans from the perspective of the English.

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