Looking for Leaders in All the Right Places\nThese two books show it\u2019s best to look around your office?not to Tony Soprano?for leadership qualities that matter\n\n \n\n\n\n\nGrowing Your Company\u2019s Leaders: How Great Organizations Use Succession Management to Sustain Competitive Advantage\n \n\nBy Robert M. Fulmer and Jay A. Conger\nAmacom, 2004, $27.95Here\u2019s the problem: Because Gen X is so much smaller than the boomer generation that preceded it, the leadership pool of 35- to 44-year-olds who will fill corporate America\u2019s top slots in the coming years is growing rapidly shallower. And the prize fish in that shallow pool know very well that they are prize fish, know they can go wherever they want and don\u2019t?for various reasons?even know how to pronounce "loyalty." So, if you think you\u2019re already fighting a war for the scarce resource of leadership talent, just wait. It\u2019s going to get much worse.The solution, according to Growing Your Company\u2019s Leaders, is taking succession planning seriously. And in a best-practice-based, serious-minded and well-reported and documented book, authors Robert M. Fulmer and Jay A. Conger do just that. \nThe book derives best practices from such leading companies as Bank of America, Dell, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly and Sunoco. They include CEO buy-in, simple and transparent systems for identifying talent, monitoring the progress of the fish in the pool, and redesigning the system continuously to avoid bureaucratic calcification. The discussion of each best practice has an accompanying case history and metrics that prove it\u2019s a best practice. If you believe that people are the key to any successful enterprise, then Growing Your Company\u2019s Leaders is key reading.\n-David Rosenbaum\n\n \n\n\n\n\nTony Soprano on Management: Leadership Lessons Inspired by America\u2019s Favorite Mobster\n \n\nBy Anthony Schneider\nBerkley Books, 2004, $14When author Tony Schneider pitched Tony Soprano on Management to his publisher, it must have sounded like a winner?a leadership guide that would differentiate itself from all the others clogging the bookshelves by leveraging the popularity of the award-winning HBO crime series-cum-domestic soap opera, The Sopranos. And couldn\u2019t any aspiring CEO learn something from Tony, fictional though he might be? As the scriptwriters have created him, he\u2019s an effective executive who grasps the big picture, focuses on value and builds a loyal team. For the first few pages, the conceit amuses. Pretty quickly, however, the reader realizes that the lessons Schneider extracts from the show?make decisions, stick by them, communicate the vision, stay involved?are trite, and the fundamental cynicism of the book becomes hard for the author to disguise and for the reader to ignore. Tony, after all, is a homicidal sociopath. He\u2019s decisive because he is, for the most part, thoughtless. He moves quickly because he lacks impulse control. He focuses on value because he\u2019s greedy, a miser. His team is loyal in part because in Tony\u2019s world the disloyal don\u2019t get fired, they get whacked. As Schneider heaps praise on Tony\u2019s management style, the reader, keeping these facts in mind, begins to grow queasy. What begins as a joke ends as a rather distasteful exercise in poor authorial judgment. Ultimately, Tony Soprano on Management is a con, a scam Tony himself might be proud of. Which, by the way, is not a good thing. Fuhgeddaboudit!\n-D.R.CIO Best-Seller List\n\n\n5. Business as War: Battling for \n \n\nCompetitive Advantage\nBy Kenneth Allard\nJohn Wiley & Sons, 2003\n\n \n\n\n\n\n4. Guts! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual\n \n\nBy Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Freiberg\nCurrency, 2003\n\n \n\n\n\n\n3. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable\n \n\nBy Seth Godin\nPortfolio, 2003\n\n \n\n\n\n\n2. Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron\n \n\nBy Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind\nPortfolio, 2003\n\n \n\n\n\n\n1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don\u2019t\n \n\nBy Jim Collins\nHarperCollins, 2001Source: Data from January 2004, compiled by Powell\u2019s Books, Portland, Ore.