This book highlighted the importance of the human side of managing organisations. It talked about how you construct a team with the right mix of skills, experience, leadership and conflict resolution, and the power and importance of communication. I learnt a tremendous amount from this book and think others can too. It is popularly believed that President Obama used the principles of this book to select his Cabinet.
(This story appears in the 28 August, 2009 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)