It isn't easy -- believe us, we've done it -- to work your way through the deluge of business books coming out these days. Should you read One Page Management or Checklist Management? Transforming Leadership or The Transformational Leader? Starting from Scratch or Starting on a Shoestring? It's enough to make you head for the fiction section of the bookstore.

All these lookalike titles, however, hide a few real gems. What makes them gems? Well, like all readers, we prefer books that are well written and engaging. But we also look for some fresh thinking and some helpful advice -- advice that can make a real difference in the way you run your company.

Now and then, we find what we're looking for. Read on.